First published on this website in August 2009 and last updated in July 2021
Any group has some form of 'agenda'. But what about the 'sub-agenda' that is actually going on? Here is advice for group leaders (whether of a whole congregation or just three people) on how to spot what might be happening.
Think water. The agenda is what is floating on the surface - it is visible. But under the surface lies a fascinating world. These notes help you keep your eyes and ears open under the water.
- Check the basics (group size, purpose, set up, culture)
- Focus on each person (personality/background, position today, where they fit into this group, relationships with the other members)
- Use your eyes! (where people sit, how they look, what their faces tell you, how they involve themselves)
- Use your ears! (what they are really saying, who they are talking to, the role they play, how vulnerable they are prepared to be)
- Observe the whole group (listening to each other, loving each other, issues of status and success, leadership performance)
But be aware that being part of a group may never be the same again!
Here is the link to this item: TN49 - What's going on under the water.pdf
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These notes have been updated in July 2021 with minor amendments to the text.