First Meeting Information
- If you (the leader) have not done so already, review Leader Notes and Open House.
- Inform the group about the following:
The meeting format. Each meeting contains three sessions: Explain, Model, and Debrief. During Explain the group will learn about a tool for that week. During Model the group will practice the tool. During Debrief the group will review the tool.
The closed nature. Once Tool Box starts, it becomes a closed event. This is due to the sequential nature of the instruction. Each meeting builds on previous meetings. Those interested in attending after it starts can either wait for another Tool Box to begin or become a disciple of a current attendee.
- Open the meeting with a leader-led prayer.
Due to the pace of the meetings and amount of content, they do not lend themselves to prolonged personal prayer requests. Therefore, the leader should open in prayer, then start the meeting. The prayer time at the end of each meeting should focus on the content of each particular meeting.
Regular Meeting Information
- Look at Overview together.
Show them the GreatCommission.com website. Remind them all the information is on that site. Show them how to navigate to the Local Tools page. Review it so people have an idea of where they are in the disciple-making process. Don't do an in-depth review. Point out the terms Tell, Teach, Train, and the corresponding tools. That will be enough. This should be your starting page each week.
- As a group, read about the Spiritual Conversation tool.
It is important to read the instructions about the tool each week. Read The Four Parts section before practicing it, then read about the Next Steps and Helpful Information sections during debrief.
- Demonstrate the tool with the entire group.
Do an abbreviated Spiritual Conversation with one or more people, in front of the entire group. Demonstrating the tool is essential in helping people learn it.
- Practice what you demonstrated.
Divide the group into smaller groups. If possible, consider breakaways of two people. Direct them to practice the Spiritual Conversation with each other. One person asks the other all the FORM questions and then the roles are reversed. Ask both M questions. Ask leading and follow up questions.
If the breakaways include more than two people, one fun way to learn the tool is to play tag with it. One person in the group starts by asking another person the Family question. That person then asks another person the Occupation question. That person then asks another the Recreation question. That person then asks another the first Message question ("What is your spiritual background?"), that person then asks another the second Message question ("May I ask you a spiritual question"). See below. That person begins the conversation again. Try to do this until everyone has a chance to ask the two Message questions. Ask lead and follow up questions.
May I ask you a spiritual question?
- Review what you just practiced.
Gather together into one large group and ask the following questions. "What did you learn?" This question is about the concept of the Spiritual Conversation, not the content of the conversations. "Will someone in the group tell us how to do the tool we just learned, without reading it?" The rest of the group can help. No notes.
- Read the "Next Steps" and "Helpful Information" sections of the Spiritual Conversation.
- Ask if anyone has any questions.
- Encourage everyone to practice using the tool.
Encourage them to try to have part or all of a Spiritual Conversation with someone this week. Remind them that the key to gaining the confidence to use the tools is to practice between meetings.
- Offer a resource.
The Heart Reader, by Terri Blackstock (also listed as authored by Anonymous). Inform them that each meeting you'll be offering a resource for those who want to go deeper and read on their own. It is not required reading and will not be discussed in the meetings.
- Pray as a group.
Ask group members to lead out in prayer about the meeting
- Watch a closing video. These are meant to be viewed, not formally discussed. This should be done if time permits. Remember, the meeting should only last 90 minutes. You can always include the reading resources and link to the closing video in a weekly follow up note.
Every Disciple Making Disciples (3:55)
The Freedom Project (5:13)