At Dwell, we like the idea of guided discussion in our home churches and cell groups. Guided discussion usually involves short sections of lecture to set up a topic or passage with discussion in between. We find that leaders who may not be highly gifted public speakers can still successfully lead group discussion by releasing the gifting of the whole group.
This five-week class is based on a textbook by Joseph Lowman, Mastering the Techniques of Teaching, Second Edition (San Francisco, Josey-Bass Inc., Publishers, 1995). In addition to lectures, the class involves small group workshops each week. Some are based on homework, others are extemporaneous. The instructor has 4-5 assistants who each lead one of the work groups during exercises.