Comparing rows and circles

Vintage Balance Scale

Moving from “rows thinking” to “circle thinking” in church

ROWS

CIRCLES

Sit in rows

Sit in circles (where possible)

Face the front

Face each other

Performance

Facilitation

Monologue

Dialogue

Passive listeners / audience

Active learners / participants

Listen to and learn from “expert”

Listen to each and learn from each other

“Spoon feeding”

Discovery learning

Numbers

Maturity

Dependency

Empowerment

Single intelligence (listening)

Multiple intelligences

Boredom

Engagement

Hierarchy

Equal status

Value “the greatest of these”

Value “the least of these”

Prepared and rehearsed

Spontaneous & flexible

Efficient

Effective

Leader gets the credit

Leader gives the credit to others

One voice and perspective

Many voices and perspectives

Low level of retention & application

High level of retention & application

The burden of one

The power of many

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