Asking Great Questions

Asking questions is a powerful way to help someone discover truth. Great questions can lead someone to change their ways of thinking, or even take actions that will change their lives.

“I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions.”— Lou Holtz

I love asking questions! In my coaching conversations with pastors, church planters and missional leaders I’m constantly asking questions to raise their awareness of their situation in life or ministry. These questions often result in taking steps forward.

Recently I was introduced to a ministry that’s all about asking questions: GreatQuestion.org.

This site is designed to support a community of people that are interested in sharing ideas about important questions in life. . . questions that don’t have simple answers, but how we answer them has an important impact on how we live our lives. Questions from the profound, “What does it mean to be wise?” to the practical “How do I steer my children away from using drugs?” to the compassionate “How can we reduce poverty in the world?”

This community is based on the belief that we can come up with better answers together than we can on our own. That by respectfully sharing ideas we can learn from each other. This is not a place for partisan speeches, or dogma, but for dialog. We have a shared value that humility is key to learning, and respect can be maintained through disagreement.

Here’s their list of TOP 10 QUESTIONS:

1. “What is one thing you would like to see changed in the world.”

2. “What are you most proud of?”

3. “What was the best day of your life?”

4. “When was the last time you had a great conversation?”

5. “When were you most satisfied?”

6. “What are the qualities of a true friend?”

7. “How would you define the word LOVE?”

8. “What have you always wanted to do but were too afraid?”

9. “What is your favorite word?” or “What single word describes you best?”

10. “If you could ask God one question–what would it be?”

Don’t these questions make you think?

I wonder if you were to ask these questions of friends in your life, where would the conversation go? I’m certain that asking these questions could naturally lead to spiritual conversations about the things that really matter. As a follower of Jesus, you could naturally share about your relationship with God as you discuss these questions.

Today’s Missional Challenge

Ask good questions. Start practicing with some of the questions listed above. Engage in conversation about things that really matter!

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Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
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