- People-Specific Resource
Guide to Network Function
The First Meeting: Recruitment
of a Skilled Facilitator
Perhaps few things can encourage the success of the network more than
a skilled and trustworthy facilitator. The roles of 1) facilitating the
meeting and 2) facilitating the network function outside of the meetings
may, in some cases, be held by two different people. If no one within the
group is trained as a meeting facilitator, it is far better to hire or
recruit a skilled facilitator from outside the prospective network than
to go forward with inept meeting leadership. The role of meeting facilitator
may change from meeting to meeting. See Training<>
for Advocacy, Networks, Partnerships.
Skills Needed for Facilitation:
Cornell Haan of Mission America has written extensively on the role and
qualities of a godly facilitator. See Facilitator:<>
A New Role for Church Leaders.
Works closely with the steering committee
Ability to move the group along based on pre-determined needs, despite
numerous requests to go in other directions
Seen by all as trustworthy and neutral
Ability to build consensus:
If an issue is seen as a need by the majority, it must be worked out
If an issue is raised by two or three who are sidetracking, drop it during
the meeting, but go to them individually to better understand it and bring
to the steering committee for action at the following meeting.
If the majority is going contrary to the steering committee's predetermined
direction, say "Let's come back to this," and talk to the committee at
a break to determine the best way to handle it.
Use the steering committee as a barometer.
recommendations are from a trained network facilitator whose name has been
withheld for security reasons.