Take time and review the format for each meeting. From this week forward, this part of the meeting should be devoted to reviewing progress people have made implementing the tools previously introduced. Not everyone will make the same progress. Those who do make headway can provide inspiration to the rest of the group. Don’t skip this important step.
Read (10 minutes)
Read the BOLD PRINT ONLY for Starting Points 1–5. Time does not allow for fine print reading Encourage people to read it on their own if they have not done so already.
Read the BOLD PRINT ONLY Tell(Engage, Inform and Invite).
Rehearse (45 minutes)
Read the FORM/FARM Conversation in its entirety. Detailed instruction on each week’s tools is essential. For stationary and mobile applications on campus click on Table and Clipboard.
Model what you just read. With the team gathered, show them how to have a FORM/FARM conversation. Demonstrate it in front of the team by conversing with one or more people in the group.
Practice what you just modeled. Divide the team into smaller units, and move them into breakaway groups. Direct them to practice what you just modeled to them. One fun way to practice is to play tag with the FORM/FARM conversation. One person in the group starts by asking another member a Family question. That person asks another person an Occupation question, that person asks another a Recreation question, and that person asks another the Message question. Practice several rounds. Try to make sure each person has a chance to ask the Message question. Practice asking follow-up questions. Practice asking the Academic question as well.
Debrief what you just practiced. Gather back together. Ask for feedback. Then ask one person in the group to teach the rest of the group how to have a FORM/FARM conversation without using notes. The rest of the group can assist.
Encourage application. Remind the team that the goal is application of the tools, not just learning the tools. Challenge them to have as much of a FORM/FARM conversation as possible this week, even if it’s with someone they know. Remind them you’ll asking about their progress at the beginning of the next meeting.
Pray. Ask God for the opportunities and the courage to have a whole or part of a FORM/FARM conversation with someone this week. Remind everyone that this prayer time is to concentrate on what was covered in the group, not personal prayer requests. Put that at the front of the meeting if necessary.