Hi @Tehetena_Zarou! It’s exciting to hear that you’re embarking on the Everyday Questions journey. As @CarsonWeitnauer mentioned, I led an EDQ group at my church at the beginning of this year. God really used that experience in our lives, both as individuals and as a church. We ended up with anywhere from 25-50 people each week, so we broke up into tables of 8-10 to answer the discussion questions after going through the videos and narratives together.
For what it’s worth, here’s a few things I learned from my experience. Maybe some of them might prove helpful to you as you’re starting off:
- If you’re doing the same kind of 1.5-2 hour meeting we did, odds are really good that you just won’t have time to cover every discussion question in the time you have. There’s a lot packed into each of these weeks. You could potentially decide to split some weeks up (@Kevin_Abshire did this with his, I believe); I didn’t have that option, so I read through the lesson each week and prayerfully selected a few questions to not include in our group discussions. By whittling down the amount of questions, we could spend more time on the topics we did cover.
When you’re factoring in the time requirements, remember that reading the narrative itself is going to take up about 5-7 minutes of your time each week! And if you’re going to leave space for people to share their results from last week or to share prayer requests for the upcoming week (both great and important things to do), that leaves less time for the study too. If you really do have to get through a lesson in one meeting, be ruthless with your timekeeping. Get used to interrupting people (nicely, of course) when the five minutes for that question are up, or you’ll never make it through in the time you have.
There is a lot of information packed into each of these weeks! It can be easy for people to move from one week to another just trying to absorb the information; my biggest challenge as a facilitator was finding space to slow everyone down, and to create times for reflection so that people really had the chance to ponder what they were learning from the videos and especially from the other people at their table. Personally, I had to fight against that sense of missing out: the reality that by not going through every question, there were things we weren’t going to learn as well – and that had to be okay, because the point is to love Jesus more, not to become a human textbook! With that in mind, at the end of the course, I challenged everyone to find one practical takeaway: one thing they could change in their approach or their conversations in the next week.
At the end of the day, God is the one who does the work; only he can change someone’s mind or heart. There’s a freedom to just participate and wait expectantly for Him to lead. I’ll be praying that God shows up powerfully during your time together!