A usual cycle of work I am using when introducing these exercises with people for the first time goes like this:
a. Review the hints pp. 189-191 of When the Members are the Missionaries.
b. Illustrate / improve on an actual set of one person’s answers for a mission field.
c. Each does one on their own – assign them so all six are fields are covered – rationale is all live all six all the time.
d. People in the same field share their responses.
e. Leader leads a group discussion / improvement of at least one response from each mission field. Be guided by the following hints. Be rigorous but friendly. #s 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7 are the places to be sure it is rephrased satisfactorily — either by you or one of them — before you leave it. Invite the participants to think with you as you go. Indeed, where you have difficulty finding the words to use, one of them can usually come up with them or start all of you on a productive track. They will most probably appreciate the skill-building of such procedure. Better still, use role play as below for #s 4, 5, 6, and 7.
Specific hints for leading discussion during “e.”
These hints are phrased as if you were talking with a group — and are grouped by each of the seven questions.
Do name one thing you hear God saying or see God doing.
#s 2 and 3
These usually take care of themselves. Listen to them for clarity. They are doing the analyzing and, so, they are the experts.
Being specific to name just one thing you will do will lead you to being able to name the concrete details which are involved in carrying out the mission such as:
what you will actually do;
the “setting” or where you will do it; and
with or for whom you will do it.
The more specific you are, the more likely you are to carry out the mission and the more sharply can you express yourself in #s 5, 6, and 7.
In #s 5, 6, and 7, we need to try actual words we might use. Words do count. Without the practice of coming up with words we might use, we are clumsy at the best and offensive at the worst. In #s 6 and 7, people may shy away from God-talk lest they sound like fundamentalists – yet this is just why we need to put it our own way so that there is a different voice being heard. Think of it as a kind of role play. Coming up with the actual words you might use is like the reality present in role play. Better still, actually do role play of people’s answers – either one question at a time or all three depending on how you set up the roles. Do just one role play with the rest of the group as observers; or put them in trios or fours to role play. Takes longer but well worth it.
Watch for two things here. Is the person focused on actually recruiting a team member? Have they a sentence or two — three at the most — that expresses the vision in a way that will attract the would be teammate?
Watch for actual words, again — is God named or at least implied? And words that could be said while actually recruiting a teammate.
The actual words are needed again. And, the invitation needs to point to what the teammate(s) might receive that would help them with the specific mission.
As you lead, listen for the following notes. Put them on newsprint so that they can think with you.
#1 God’s action named?
#4 Name just one mission
#5 Addressed to a possible recruit; brief and attractive
#6 Addressed to a possible recruit; still brief and attractive; God named or implied
#7 Addressed to a teammate; identifies how it might help with the particular mission
As above, when a report is heard, ask the others to help you to sharpen it. Feel free to take the lead, when they are slow to get started. If reluctance to speak continues, wait and encourage some to try with, “Just give it a try. We will help you. Just get us started..”