- Open the meeting with a leader-led prayer.
- Inform the group about the format for each week.
- Explain. The group will read about the tool.
- Model. The group will practice the tool.
- Debrief. The group will review the tool.
- Remind the group to review Tell, Teach, and Train on their own. Knowing this information is the key to becoming an effective disciple-maker.
- Look at the Overview together. Read it slowly, so people have an idea of where they are in the disciple-making process.
- Read about the spiritual conversation (FARM/FORM) in its entirety. It is essential to read the complete instruction about each week's tool. Click campus resources if you are training students.
- Model what you just read. Demonstrate the tool with the entire group. You can pick one person for the whole conversation or four different people (one for each letter). It is is a crucial first step in helping people learn the tools.
- Practice what you just modeled. Divide the group into breakaway groups. Direct them to practice with each other what they just saw modeled. One fun way to practice the FORM/FARM conversation is by playing tag with it. One person in the group starts by asking another person the F question. That person then asks another person the O question. That person then asks another the R question. That person then asks another the M question. State the M question word for word, as found in the book. Feel free to read it from the book or website. It gives people a chance to learn at least one effective method of informing people about the life Jesus offers and asking for a response. Do this for several rounds. Try to give everyone a chance to go through the M part of the conversation.
- Review what you just practiced. Gather the group back together into one larger group and ask them two key questions. The first question is, "How did it go?" The second question is, "Will someone in the group tell us how to do the tool we just learned without looking at the book?"
- Encourage everyone to apply the tool they learned during the coming week. Remind them you'll be asking them about it next week. Let them know everyone will make different progress on this each week.
- Offer a resource. The Heart Reader, by Terri Blackstock. Tell them each week 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.
- Watch Start the Conversation (1:10) or Girl on a Bench (3:11). For reflection.
- Pray as a group. Ask group members to lead out in prayer about the meeting.