Let there be silence. Silence is the training wheels of a good deep discussion. (Jack Brown, pastor)
Brown says, “Sometimes an awkward amount of time is required. But without it, some may never speak up.” It’s awkward, isn’t it, when the teacher asks a question to provoke discussion and no one speaks up? Trainers say that if you wait 20 seconds, someone will respond. But, it’s hard to wait, so we sometimes jump in too soon. Being patient will bring good involvement.
Understand this . . . You must all be quick to listen (James 1:19).