When a Small Group Leader Should Shut Up
Rick Howerton and James 3 give great advice on when small group leaders should remain silent.
Small group leaders, even small group hosts, must be wise leaders. If they jump into every conversation they may, 1) diminish their influence, 2) keep group members from talking through differences of opinion and conflicting ideas, 3) hinder someone from speaking who has something important to say or 4) begin to be perceived not as a leader but as a dictator.
How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind,but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.