To start a Q Place, you need to have a growing relationship with God as he’s revealed in the Bible, and be willing to learn how to listen well, ask good questions, and create an atmosphere where people feel respected and can make discoveries.
To learn how to create that kind of atmosphere, it’s helpful to understand the inductive approach to learning. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” The inductive approach helps people become involved in the process of learning. Instead of being told answers, people consider questions and make observations that lead to discoveries and well-supported conclusions. As Bob Goff says in his book Love Does, “Something happens when you feel ownership. You no longer act like a spectator or a consumer, because you are an owner. Faith is at its best when it is that way too. It’s best lived when it’s owned.”
To get started, you need the book How to Start a Q Place, and it really helps to join a Q Place Coaching Group. Our book How to Start a Q Place helps you prepare to start a group where people can discuss life, God, and the Bible. It’s designed to be used in a Q Place coaching group (of other potential facilitators) that meets around 75 minutes a week for seven weeks with an experienced Q Place facilitator. Many Q Place Coaching groups meet by video-conference call.