The Trail of Broken Pieces facilitator guide is designed to help those who are currently leading or desiring to lead small groups. The purpose of the guide is to help the facilitator get the most out of the material as possible by bringing addition insight into each individual chapter.
The Trail of Broken Pieces includes the introduction, ten reading/working chapters and charts. I would suggest starting with the introduction as it will help to lay a solid foundation for the remaining weeks to come. The charts can be used in addition to the chapters as a visual aid to further enhance the topic that is being addressed.
It is recommended to not rush people through the material to quickly, but rather, be sensitive to the participants as they are going through it from week to week. It may take you a little longer to go through the material, but it is important to take additional time on a specific chapter if needed. If you move through it to quickly people may feel left behind and not understand what they are reading. The goal is for the participant to be able to apply what they are learning to their individual experiences and problems.
It is not uncommon for people to want to go through the material again as it is almost impossible to get everything the first time around. When starting a new group, it is acceptable to have a mix of some who have gone through the program before with new participants. I do not recommend adding new people to a group already in progress as it is important to maintain an environment of safety and trust with the members.
The more people apply themselves the more they will get out of it. There will be some who may do better than others and we have to leave that in God’s hands. Many times in recovery people are not as ready to deal with heart issues as they think they are and end up running away. That is an acceptable part of the healing process. God knows what each one of us need and when we need it. He will give them other opportunities at a later date if there heart stays open.
The goal should never be to just get through the workbook, because the workbook is not the answer only a tool to lead the participant to the next level. This is true for the participant as well as the facilitator. We must always be sensitive to those we minister to and to the problems they face by helping them find answers through the Word of God. As leaders we are to always be reaching out as ambassadors of Christ bringing reconciliation and restoration through the life of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf; be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:18-20
My heart and desire is to help better equip the body of Christ to minister to the broken in heart and spirit. I pray for you (the facilitator) that as you read this material and facilitate it to others, that the Lord Jesus will fill you up with His Holy Spirit and give you wisdom and discernment. May God bless you as you reach out to others in His Name. Remember, above all things, have FUN! The Lord is with you.