Lightning Path Workbooks are designed for both individual and group study. If you are interested in doing spiritual workgroups, you can easily manage the group using the tools and techniques provided here. We suggest you get members to read a single chapter before the group meets. When the group meets, the class can discuss the concepts either freeform or using the individual study questions and key concepts provided in the workbook.

If your workgroup or classroom is small, say less than eight people, you can discuss the questions and concepts as a whole. If your group is larger than eight, consider breaking up the larger group into smaller sub-groups of no more than six people. Do not expect each sub-group to deal with all the questions. Break the question and concepts up and assign one or more (as necessary) to each individual or group.

If this is a formal classroom situation, the individual groups should pick a transcriber, someone who will write the group’s thoughts down. The transcriber is responsible for accurately representing what the group is thinking to the other groups at the end of their discussion. The group also needs to pick a representative, i.e. one who will stand in front of the larger group or class and share the group’s discussion. The representative can use the notes of the transcriber, or they can use their own notes so long as they are complete.

As a Connection Coach/workgroup facilitator, your job is to walk amongst the groups, listen to what they are saying, and help move their discussion along. Contribute ideas and corrections as necessary. Pay attention to group dynamics. Are some monopolizing the conversation? Do some seem too shy to contribute? Address these issues with compassion and concern. Gently ask those who are shy to share. The goal is to create workgroups where everybody is comfortable to speak. To do that you may have to be supportive and encouraging, and you may have to engage in a little psychotherapy.

When it comes to selecting a transcriber, encourage the group members to be thoughtful. Encourage the group to discuss what makes a good representative. For myself, I believe a good representative should be calm, fair (so that all viewpoints are represented), a good speaker, and capable of accepting criticism. Encourage the group to give the representatives positive feedback after each presentation. Criticism is acceptable if given with the intent to strengthen and uplift. Criticism intended to undermine and destroy has no place in a functioning spiritual workgroup (or any workgroup for that matter).

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