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3 Things to Know Before You Lead a Group Study

by Courtney Seigler December 11, 2017

If you’re interested in starting a personal finance group study, you’ll probably have a few questions before you get started. How much experience in personal finance is required? How much leadership is expected of the group facilitator?  While you may experience some hesitation, be encouraged. Being a facilitator really just means that you’re helping to involve people in a bigger picture. Here are three things to know about what it means to sign up to be a group study facilitator.

You don’t have to see yourself as an up-front leader to be a great facilitator.

The role of facilitator is not necessarily reserved for the most outgoing or extroverted person in the group. If you’re not the type to stand in front of a room and take the lead, don’t worry! The best facilitators can actually be the ones who step back and let the study happen. You’ll have email templates to assist you in communicating with your group, and features of the study to help you facilitate discussion. It’s designed so you can do as much or as little “leading” as you feel comfortable with. In reality, you’re just going through the course with your group members.

You don’t have to be an expert!

Since you really are going through the study alongside your group members, you don’t have to be an expert. You’ll be learning with the other people in your group! The group study is a vehicle for sharing your experiences with one another and providing support to one another. You won’t be preparing lessons or teaching the study; that’s all prepared by Crown! Your job is simply to facilitate, and to encourage group members as you learn together.

What matters is just to start organizing people.

If you’re considering starting a group study but don’t know where to start, we suggest that you begin by reaching out to people in your sphere of influence! Ask those you come into contact with regularly if they think God’s Word has much to say about money and possessions.  No matter how they answer, you’ll have an open door to invite them to join you in a study. You never know who might be eager to jump in and experience real transformation through these life-changing principles!

Crown’s MoneyLife Personal Finance Study is now offered online in a new group version, and it’s designed so that people who go through the study can become facilitators of their own studies, reaching more and more people with the message of stewardship. The bottom line is this: just get started. Simply extending the invitation can have a multiplying effect to impact many lives in the future. To get started, click here. 


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