Facilitating a Group

Why Your Role Matters

Thank you for your willingness to serve as a facilitator. Your efforts to invite the Holy Ghost and to help group members follow the materials will greatly influence the experience of each participant. You will see participants’ lives change as they seek, listen to, and follow the guidance of the Holy Ghost to become more spiritually and temporally self-reliant.


What Do Group Members Do?

At meetings, group members commit to act. They learn and practice doing the things that lead to self-reliance. They make commitments, help each other keep those commitments, and report their progress. Because the group works as a council, it is important that members attend meetings regularly and on time.

What Does a Facilitator Do?

Your purpose is to help group members learn to help themselves. Facilitators are not experts in business, job placement, education, or teaching. You do not lead or teach the group. You simply help the group follow the materials exactly as they are written. A self-reliance specialist typically facilitates group meetings; however, group members may be assigned to facilitate after several weeks if needed.

Practice the Five Keys for Successful Meetings

Invite the Spirit; invite group members to seek the Spirit.

  • Help group members exercise faith as they learn and act.
  • Take specific steps each week to invite the Spirit.

Focus on commitment, action, and results.

  • Help group members hold each other accountable.
  • Celebrate weekly success and focus on results.

Trust the materials and follow the steps.

  • Sit down with the group; do not stand; do not “teach.”
  • Let group members do the talking and answer the questions. There is great power in the group—let them help each other.
  • Create a safe environment where all can learn from both failures and successes.
  • Help those who read poorly and those who have language difficulties.
  • Prepare capable group members to become facilitators. Assign them to lead certain sections. They may facilitate the meeting if you are absent.

Manage the time.

  • Encourage members to arrive 10 minutes early. Start the meeting on time. Expect and praise on-time attendance.
  • Have someone set a timer on his or her phone or other available timer for each section.
  • Avoid long stories, arguments, or unhelpful opinions.
  • Always make time at the end for the “Ponder” and “Commit” sections.

Add energy.

  • Applaud when people keep commitments.
  • Cheer when group members report success or accomplish hard things.
  • Several times during each meeting, get everyone to stand and do something active such as a “speed practice” or other group activity.
  • Help all participate. Don’t let one person dominate.


Preparing for meetings:

Leading specific sections of each meeting: