First meetings of any kind are very important–even if it’s “another” first meeting. Whenever your group takes a break, consider that first meeting back together to be a re-start–a new first meeting. See it as an opportunity to recalibrate your patterns, to re-establish the warmth of your group, to welcome new people, and to set the stage for transparent sharing.
The book How to Start a Q Place walks you through crucial elements in the process of starting a Q Place. The Q Place Quickstart Guide works well as a supplement (not a stand-alone) tool to check your progress and to ensure that you cover all the essentials.
How can people with diverse opinions discuss life, God, and the Bible without serious conflict or arguments? Having guidelines for the discussion is key! Q Place Guidelines set the tone for the group from the beginning and help the group to stay on track.
A trial meeting allows participants to see what a Q Place is like—where it feels remarkably safe for them to talk about life, God, and the Bible. Planning and preparation is crucial. Refer to this format as you prepare and to guide you through the meeting itself.
As you prepare for a discussion of tough spiritual questions in your Q Place, read through this resource to understand the flow and essential elements of a tough questions discussion.
When your group is ready to start studying the Bible, use this resource to be sure that you're getting started on the right track with a solid framework for Q Place discussions of the Bible.
This resource, from the appendix of Grief, God's Help in Times of Sorrow, by Cathy Maddams & Jim Reapsome, provides valuable tips as you prepare to facilitate a group with participants who have experienced grief and loss.
In geometry, a tangent is a line that touches a curve or another surface at only one point. In conversation, a tangent is digressing suddenly from one course of action or thought and turning to another. It’s crucial to the health of your group that everyone recognize tangents for what they are and help each other keep to the course that you set out on!
In the rush of the Christmas season we can be so preoccupied with buying and making gifts that we don’t take time to think about God’s gift to us, his Son. The events of the first Christmas remind us of the real cost of Christmas—its cost in the lives of those involved with the birth of Christ, and the supreme cost to God himself.
During the Christmas season when we prepare gifts for others in honor of Christ’s birthday, it is important that we take time to receive and to appreciate God’s gift to us.