Sometimes people told me “I tried Come Follow Me and it didn’t work well”. Sure, it’s not perfect. Please send me your suggestions for improvement. I always want to learn more.
But then I asked those people “Why didn’t it work well?” I found that they had tried to use the course in a way it’s not designed for. That’s like saying “I drove my car in first gear on the highway and it only crawled at 30kph. I wanted 100 kph so this car doesn’t work!” In fact the car would have cruised beautifully in fifth gear. So it’s not the car’s fault.
To avoid some common mistakes please observe the following!
1. DO NOT read through all the home study questions in the discussion time.
This is boring, it takes too long and it squeezes out time for personal sharing. Only a few of the home study questions should be used as springboards for group discussion. These ones have discussion questions in the Advisor's guide and the most important are clearly marked 'for discussion' in the study book. The rest are there as teaching material for the learners to learn and absorb on their own.
2. DO NOT let group members come for discussion without doing the home study.
If they have not done the preparation, they personally will gain much less from the discussion. And it will be demoralizing for other members who have prepared. The weekly Review at the beginning of the group time is designed to hold members accountable to prepare before coming.
You too as Advisor should do the home study first yourself, and fill the answers in your own Study Book.
3. DO NOT teach the material as a seminar.
It is designed for discussion not for a lecture. If you want to use any lesson in a seminar setting, say in a 60 minute session, you could do it this way for example:
20 minutes for each participant to complete the lesson as personal study
30 minutes for discussion in small groups
10 minutes for feedback to the whole group on key things they learned.
Or if you want to teach a seminar yourself, you are welcome to use Come Follow Me as source material but make it your own. Don’t just plod through the questions in the classroom.
For more detailed questions of how to run a group well, and obstacles to overcome, click here.