The core of M4 Facilitation
A learning community
One of the key components of the M4 team process is the learning community gathering. The purpose of this gathering is to help the teams evaluate what they have done so far, learn from the speakers as well as from each other, experience God together, as well as plan what they will be doing moving forward.
A learning community is a collaborative process where key people have the best conversations around the most important topics that will bring about the desired results. The role of the facilitator is to facilitate this process. Of course the facilitator is not responsible for this, but the main goal is to create an atmosphere, draw boundaries, give information, establish safety and be available so that this could happen.
There is content presented before the gathering as well as some during the gathering targeting specific learning goals. There are various exercises and ample time for discussions to ensure that the content is properly understood. Once the teams have clarity on what they feel God has spoken to them, they create an action plan for the next 6 months that will help them be obedient to God’s promptings.
Everyone comes with the following attitudes
Leave your work, personal and other things behind, focus where you are.
Sense of discovery
We are here to learn and we can learn something from everyone
Say what you mean and mean what you say.
Work for solutions
We talk about our challenges and problems with the goal of solving them, not complaining.
Teacher vs. student
We are all teachers and students, giving and taking.
The facilitator is the person who ensures this process starts well, flows smoothly, and ends with each team having clarity on what they will be doing for the next 6 months.