Materials Presentation

Gregg Donaldson reveals effective and ineffective ways to present this material.

Here is a 'primer' on how I unpack the six lessons of each book. These three ways to present the material have been called the "not very effective way of teaching the material, the more effective way, and the most effective way."
When I first present the material to pastors and/or church leaders I unpack a book (six sessions) in one training event (which takes about 5 - 6 contact hours). This could be 3 hours one night and three the next morning or could be a full day. Of the six sessions, I will only be able to utilize three for 'unpacking' as there will not be time to give attention to all six. I choose the three that best suit me and my current audience. Here is how I would present at a one day session.
  • 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. -General overview of the six sessions with the reminder that two are skill, two are strategic, and two are formation.
  • 9:30 to 10:30: I demonstrate the "not very effective" way of presentation: seminar lecture. I choose one of the sessions and lecture through it using the adapted power point. I run through this fairly quickly (one hour) noting that this is not enough time. Allow for some questions. To do this best one should allow for at least two hours (and more likely three).
  • 10:45 to 12:45: I demonstrate the "more effective way". I choose a natural break in the material (after unpacking about 1/2 the material) and divide the group into 34's (groups of 3 or 4 individuals). They are given a series of open ended questions to discuss as a group and told to share their insights with the whole group when we reconvene. I typically turn them loose for around 20 minutes and have 3 - 6 questions for them to answer.  When the plenary group comes back together, a 'secretary' or 'recorder' from each group reports their responses. Note... it is very important that each group report 'fully' their discoveries.  There will be a tendency to say 'the other group had much the same as we did".  Don't let them get away with that.  Besides, when each group comes up with the same insight, you are pretty sure it may be something important. After the sharing, and discussion, I will unpack the remaining material. The participants recognize the same 34's can (and should) take place at the end of the second half unpacking, but time will not allow for it.
  • 12:45 to 2:00 catered meal
  • 2:00 to 4:00 - I demonstrate the "most effective way". This follows the Life Transformation Group (LTG) model and typically lasts an hour (having two hours, we will engage in two events).  Each session (of the six per book) has natural sub divisions (easily identified). Thus, each session will have natural divisions with 4 to 8 “discipleship sessions". The sub divisions (smaller sections of material) can be incorporated into weekly with each discipleship meeting. This 'most effective way' will cost you some time, because you get through less material each week, but the material has more chance to get through you! The ultimate intent is to have 3 individuals meet weekly for 30 to 60 minutes, having read the material and prepared to share insights from their material and scripture reading. The other elements of the LTG  are also engaged during this time.
When I am done with the six hours, I want to have the participants to have seen a demonstration of (1) a lecture format (2) a small group format, and (3) a Triad format.
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