In this article you will find some tips on writing great small group questions. Small group questions are intended to promote discussion. We want to create questions that will help people connect biblical truth with everyday life.
Avoid questions with a “yes” or “no” answer
The problem with these types of questions is that they don’t promote discussion. These questions are dead ends for the small group leader. Often, a question can be reworded in order to make it more open ended. Instead of writing, “Have you ever experienced depression in your life?”, you could write, “Describe some times in your life when you experienced depression.”
Not all questions have to be questions
It can be difficult to add variety to your questions. One way to get around this is to invite people to create lists, describe, or explain something they find in the Bible or something from their own life. For example, you could say, “Read John 1:1-4. List everything we learn about ‘the Word’ in this passage.” Also, you can be creative and try something like this, “On a scale of 1 to 10, how happy are you (10 being most happy and 1 being unhappy). Explain.”
Have people read the Bible
In each set of discussion questions, at least one or two of the questions must force people to read the Bible in their discussion time. The easiest way to do this is something like the following, “Read Jude 1:22-23. Who are the three groups of people we need to be willing to help?”
Look at the talking points for inspiration on writing questions
If you need help coming up with questions look at the talking points in the lesson or re-watch the video. Is there an obvious question that flows from the talking point? Is there an obvious follow-up question that comes from the Bible verse that was mentioned?
Ask a few questions that anyone can answer
In every lesson there should be at least one or two questions that come from everyday life and experience. These questions can be answered by anyone, even if they didn’t understand the lesson. For example, if you are talking about pride a simple question could be, “Who is the most humble person you know? How can you tell that they are humble?”
Keep your questions rooted in the lesson
As much as possible, keep your questions tied closely to the lesson. Make sure that your questions flow naturally from the lesson. Don’t bring in new ideas or concepts that weren’t covered in the lesson or series.
Keep your questions interesting
No one wants to answer questions that force them to regurgitate the lesson they have just heard. We want people to understand the truth that they have learned, and apply it to everyday life. It’s ok to have a few questions that reinforce comprehension, but focus on application.
Link to other PursueGOD.org resources in your questions
Some questions will be challenging. In order to help group leaders and groups successfully answer your questions, link to other PG resources that may help them answer the question.