reli 373 - unit 2 - module 1 - lecture 1

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Leading Small Groups:

Leading Small Groups

Small Group Dynamics 20th century research:

Small Group Dynamics 20 th century research Influence of Industry Core values of the early industrial revolution Production (task/mission) Efficiency (cost/benefit ratio) Hierarchical management (top down decisions) New Realizations from psychology & sociology Happy worker=productive worker Factors affecting worker “happiness” Work environment Respect Meaningful contribution to both the product & the process Self-determination of the worker Hierarchical management model > Team model

Small Group Dynamics 20th century research:

Small Group Dynamics 20 th century research The Church and Small Groups Current shift from Hierarchical to Decentralized governance models re-emphasize the importance of small groups Two basic types of small group models Task-oriented – focus is on production Relational – focus is on interpersonal concerns w/ production issues in the background Characteristics of a relational small group Sharing basic information Affirming abilities & contributions Setting goals cooperatively Celebrating progress and goal attainment

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Biblical precedents Historical precedents Wesley brothers and the Methodist small groups Trial bands Class meetings Bands Select bands Activity 2-1-1 (Unit 2-Module 1-Activity 1) Discuss what lesson you believe churches should learn from these new realizations in industry or from our own history as a church about small group models of leadership. Share an example from your own church.

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