I had lunch yesterday with Gary Poole, the author of Seeker Small Groups, and re-familiarized myself with a neat little book I’d forgotten about. The Complete Book of Questions: 1001 Conversation Starters for Any Occasion is a pretty cool resource that’s great to have in your library.
The 1001 conversation starters (questions) are broken down into 10 different layers, grouped according to degree of difficulty and running from light and easy to extreme spiritual matters. If you know anything about the kind of conversation that makes for a really engaging small group experience, you know that it’s way more about questions than answers.
Beginning with questions like “Do you squeeze the toothpaste tube or roll it? What’s the advantage of your method?” and continuing all the way to “How would you describe your moral condition?”, this little book came in handy for me many times when I was just learning to lead a discussion. I’m sure it’s influenced me over the years as I’ve learned to write small group curriculum.
If you don’t have a copy of The Complete Book of Questions, it’s a resource you need to add to your stockpile of ammunition.