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3 Subtle Ways to Redirect Awkward Conversations

Awkward conversations

Awkward conversations in small groups are uncomfortable! It doesn’t take long in a group setting for a challenging conversation to take place. Leaders should be ready to guide awkward conversations in small groups toward fruitfulness.  When the discussion is not on task it becomes easy for others to check out.

Rather than wondering what you should have said or what others must have been thinking, be proactive in leading the conversation by keeping the following tips in mind:

Awkward Conversations

1.  Pray For Wisdom In the Moment.

Additional prayer is always good but especially when a discussion begins to take place that enters into deep waters or controversial subjects. When conversations get awkward start praying. Ask God for wisdom, truth, and discernment.

James 1:5-6 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

Knowing when to continue awkward conversations or to stop them (and what to say) requires the wisdom of God.