As you lead volunteers -- and especially in meeting
times -- use these types of questions from Meetings: Do's, Don'ts
and Donuts by Sharon Lippincott...
Jesus was the master at asking great questions. He could send a
zinger that would stop any discussion or ask a thoughtful question
that would open up people to greater faith.
- Factual Questions -- Use these questions for basic information
gathering (what, where, when, why, who, how, and how much).
- Exploratory -- Broaden the discussion with questions such as
"How would that help?" "How would you go about doing that?" or
"What other things should be considered?"
- Justification -- To challenge old ideas and to generate new
ones, ask in a nonconfrontational tone, "What makes you say that?"
"Where did you hear that?" "Have you actually tried that?"
- Leading -- When you want to introduce a thought of your own,
ask, "Would this be a possible solution?" or "Have you tried
- Hypothetical -- To test assumptions, ask, "What would happen if
we did it this way?" or "If I do it this other way, will it still
- Alternative -- When you realize that it's time for the group to
make a decision or come to an agreement, ask, "Which of these plans
do you think is best?" or "Would you rather get together on Monday
- Consensual -- To help develop common agreement or to take
action, ask, "Do we all agree that this is what we want to do?" "Is
there anything preventing us from getting started now?"
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