Small Group Evaluation

A self-evaluation of the work done in small groups at PMC during its first year, Sept. '01-Sept. '02, using Dick Wulf's Avoiding the Three Biggest Mistakes in Small Group Leadership as a basis for evaluation.

The premise of Wulf's article is that it is a big mistake to assume that the leadership of groups and the leadership of individuals is the same thing.

Instructions: Leaders and Apprentices to fill this evaluation out separately and then confer to see how results agree/disagree.

Mistake #1: THE LEADER LEADS INDIVIDUALS RATHER THAN THE GROUP AS A WHOLE.
Mistake #2: THE GROUP AND ITS MEMBERS DO NOT KNOW AND ARE NOT COMMITTED TO A CRITICAL AND DOMINANT PURPOSE.
Mistake #3: THE GROUP LEADER DOES TOO MUCH FOR THE GROUP AND ITS MEMBERS.

1. Which statement best describes the small group you have been leading?

There has been spiritual growth for individuals within the group setting.
There has been spiritual growth for the group.

2. A few specific examples of this would be:

3. Which description best describes how your group operates? (For the purposes of "an example", the situation of group members needing to learn to share their faith verbally is used.)

The leader gives out study material, there is discussion, and eventually individual members might give a report of how they are doing in witnessing. The communication is largely between group leader and individuals, with occasion "side comments' between group members.
To the approach in 'A' is added group experiences that involve group members with one another for practice in sharing their faith.
The leader talks to the group as a whole to see if everyone wants to work together to help each other learn how to effectively share their faith. Then the leader's help is focused on the group and helping it do all the things necessary to accomplish that purpose. Eventually, the group itself would decide whose testimony needed more work, how the group would help that group member, which group members should spend extra time with the person.

4. Please state, as clearly as you can, your small group's purpose:

5. Was time taken at the start to establish a purpose?

Yes
No

6. Was the purpose presented by the leader?

Yes
No

7. Was the purpose adopted and worked out by the group?

Yes
No

8. or arrived at in another way (state it):

9. Was the group's purpose used at various times during the sessions to guide the functional behaviour of the group?

Yes
No

10. Do you feel that the operation of your small group clearly indicates the important distinction that "a proper purpose is a result, not an activity"?

Yes
No

11. Think of a problem that your group had. It might be "a domineering member" or "a personality clash". State that problems in very general terms below:

12. Now, how was that problem handled?

It wasn't.
By the leader.
By the leader and a few members.
By the group.

13. As a group leader were you, for the most part, thinking about what the group need to do to be a more dynamic group?

Yes
No

14. Did you restrict your modeling of behaviour to things that no group member could model?

Yes
No

15. Did you restrict your teaching to things that no group member could teach?

Yes
No

16. Once you modeled behaviour and teaching, did you then give those tasks to the group for its members to do from that time on?

Yes
No

17. When I think "THE SMALL GROUP EXPEREINCE, LAST YEAR":

The high point for me was when:

    The low point for me was when

    The hardest thing for me was

    The easiest thing was

    I'm really pleased that I

    I wish I had

    My motivation went down when

    My motivation went up when

    I was helped by

    I appreciated

27. 3 goals I have for the upcoming small group sessions would be:

28. One last thing I'd like to say is

29. My Phone Number:

30. My email address:

31. Other suggestions or comments: