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Making Small Groups Fun!

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Note: You can see a preview of this download by reading An Open Letter to Small-Group Pastors, by Ben Reed.

When it comes to how the world and our modern culture views Christianity, there are a lot of unwarranted stereotypes out there. But I think the most unfortunate one is the idea that Christians don't like having fun—and especially don't like it when other people have fun around them. I think that's an unfortunate pigeonhole because it's so far away from the truth of God and his Word. God is fun, after all, and we are all created in his image. And the Bible is filled with feasts, celebrations, parties, and even quite a bit of humor.

The other reason I think this stereotype is so unfortunate is that so many Christians seem to embrace it. There is an idea out there in many churches that spiritual growth is a "serious" endeavor. I hope the articles in this resource will help fight against that idea in the world of small groups, at least.

Got Fun?

An Open Letter to Small-Group Pastors
Why you need to focus on fun with your small groups, and how to actually do it
By Ben Reed

The Necessary Element of Fun
Why having a good time is essential for relationships and spiritual growth
By Sam O'Neal

A Joy-Filled Small Group
Because the joy of the Lord is our strength
By Mike Mack

Adding Fun to Your Regular Group Activities

Five Times the Fun
Here are five ideas for building relationships inside and outside of small groups
By Peri Sandifer

Make Your Discussions Fun
It goes beyond avoiding boredom.
By Rick Howerton

Fun Opportunities for Serving as a Group
That's right: "fun" and "service" can be mixed.
By Alan Danielson

Celebrate Before the Lord
Practical advice for injecting fun into your small-group worship
By Trevor Lee

More than Melodies
Rethinking worship in small groups
By Annie Michaels

Small Groups and the Holiday Spirit
Because Christians have more to celebrate than anyone else!
By Tom Bandy

Further Exploration

Total number of pages - 23

You have permission to make up to 1,000 copies of this resource within your local church.

Topics:Encouragement, Food, Fun, Humor, Interaction, Joy
References:Deuteronomy 14:22-26, Luke 15:5-7
Date Added:February 01, 2011

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Jim Timmel

February 08, 2011  3:32pm

Sounds like K. was having a bad day - at least off his game. I've used for 5 years. It is both about providing tools for advancing God's Kingdom and doing it at a cost we can afford. Please keep it up.

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Christine DuMoulin

February 04, 2011  8:18am

I totally disagree with K. I am a part of the kingdom of God, and have been extremely blessed by the Small articles. And, we have only spent money on our internet connection!

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