Within this meeting we also set aside 30-40 minutes to discuss one of the reading assignments he has been given.
The conversation is structured around 3 questions:
1. What is the book about?
I ask him to give a brief summary of the book – what is the main point being made.
2. What do you want to remember?
I ask him to pick out 3 to 5 (or more!) key things that he wants to remember.
John Piper’s quote “Books don’t change people, paragraphs do – sometimes sentences” is helpful here.
3. What do you want to discuss further?
I ask him to raise anything he’d like to talk further about – it could be something he didn’t understand, disagreed with, or wants to think through how it applies specifically to the ministry context we are in.