11 Resources to Help Your Group Understand True Unity

11 Resources to Help Your Group Understand True Unity

Stories and tips for coming together in diversity

The Bible not only says unity in the midst of diversity is possible, but actually calls us to a radically inclusive unity. In fact, unity is so important for Christ followers that Jesus prayed for it in John 17.

Small-group leaders, we have an important role in helping our group members not only understand the biblical call to unity, but also how to live that out in the midst of amazing diversity—whether theological, political, racial, or otherwise. This is a discipleship issue.

I’ve learned, however, that it’s impossible to lead my group members where I haven’t been myself. So that means before you can effectively talk with your group members about unity, you’ll need to understand it for yourself. So we’ve gathered the following 11 resources, including a Bible study, articles, training tools, and even books. Grow your own understanding of biblical unity. Then use a few of these with your small group. If we want to see unity in our world, it will have to begin with us.

Articles

True Unity in Small Groups

Diversity makes our unity stronger—but we have to work for it.

Jon Noto

Group Conflict Can Be a Powerful Agent of Change

We actually need chaos for transformation to take place.

Brenda Salter McNeil

Diversity in Community Changes Us

Why I go to church with white people

Natasha Sistrunk Robinson

Racial Reconciliation Through Small Groups

How NewStory Church created a safe place to discuss the hot topic of race

Amy Jackson

Unity Within the Church

Why we have to stop fighting against other Christians

Hugh Halter

Multiethnic Small Groups Matter

Are we really “all one in Christ”?

Amy Jackson

Bible Study

Racism: How Should Christians Respond?

Our faith must inform the way we think and act about this ongoing issue.

Aaron Cho and Amy Jackson

Training

Multiethnic Small Groups

Diversity helps us grow in Christlikeness

Natasha Sistrunk Robinson, Charles Davis, C. Christopher Smith, and more

Handling Conflict in Small Groups

Practical advice to help you when things get a little ugly

Joel Comiskey, Mark Bonham, and more

Books

Roadmap to Racial Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice

Brenda Salter McNeil

Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart

Christena Cleveland

Related

Group Conflict Can Be a Powerful Agent of Change
Group Conflict Can Be a Powerful Agent of Change
We actually need chaos for transformation to take place.
True Unity in Small Groups
True Unity in Small Groups
Diversity makes our unity stronger—but we have to work for it.
Racism: How Should Christians Respond?
Racism: How Should Christians Respond?
Our faith must inform the way we think and act about this ongoing issue.
The Bipartisan Small Group
The Bipartisan Small Group
How National Community Church created unity between Republicans and Democrats in the heart of DC
Radical Racial Reconciliation Through Small Groups
Radical Racial Reconciliation Through Small Groups
How NewStory Church created a safe place to discuss the hot topic of race