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The Essential Guide for Small-Group Leaders
The Essential Guide for Small-Group Leaders
A new tool for your entire team from Bill Search!
How Can I Lead Great Small-Group Discussions?
How Can I Lead Great Small-Group Discussions?
Four easy things any leader can do to facilitate growth-focused discussions
Bible Study that Sticks
Bible Study that Sticks
New research in cognitive psychology shows us how to help people remember what they read.
Four Keys to Transformational Discussions
Four Keys to Transformational Discussions
Create an environment for life change with these simple tips.
3 Essentials for Disciple-Making Group Discussions
3 Essentials for Disciple-Making Group Discussions
Expert tips for leading your group members to spiritual growth
How to Read the Bible
Your Bible Study Is Too Small
Understanding the overarching story of Scripture brings context to individual passages.
The Gift of Listening
The Gift of Listening
Attentive listening is hard work, but it's necessary for healthy community.
Conversations that Transform
Conversations that Transform
These communication tips steer people toward change.
The Problem of Cultural Relativity in Exegesis
The Problem of Cultural Relativity in Exegesis
Steps to determine whether a Scripture passage still applies today
Create Safe Places for Questioning
Create Safe Places for Questioning
How your small group can become a welcoming place for people on a journey back to God
Emphasize Relationships in Your Group
Emphasize Relationships in Your Group
How to set the stage for real friendships
Leading a Growing Group
Leading a Growing Group
How small-group leaders can minister to maturing Christ-followers
Theological Discussions for Everyone
Theological Discussions for Everyone
Get everyone involved in meaningful, fruitful discussions.
Intentional Spiritual Growth in Small Groups
Intentional Spiritual Growth in Small Groups
Understanding how we grow and change
Model Authentic Sharing
Model Authentic Sharing
A practical way to help your group members open up.
Ask Follow-Up Questions to Facilitate Great Discussion
Ask Follow-Up Questions to Facilitate Great Discussion
Quick tips for keeping the discussion moving
Four Opportunities for Multi-Stage Groups
Four Opportunities for Multi-Stage Groups
A mixture of spiritual maturity can help small-group members move closer to God and to one another.
Get Started with Inductive Bible Study
Dig Deep into God's Word
The power of inductive Bible study for your group
Bible Study Methods for Groups
Bible Study Methods for Groups
Fresh ideas for digging into God's Word together
What Small-Group Leaders Can Learn from Great Preachers
What Small-Group Leaders Can Learn from Great Preachers
Preaching and facilitating discussions are different, but there are principles to share.
Shake It Up!
Shake It Up!
Easy ways to energize your group meetings
Stay True to the Bible Text
Stay True to the Bible Text
The art of intentional observation
Pulled in by Attractive Marketing
Pulled in by Attractive Marketing
Why my spending habits matter in kingdom living
Are You Engaging Everyone?
Are You Engaging Everyone?
Don't leave any of your group members behind.
Community Through the Word
Community Through the Word
It's important to read the Bible together.
Lead a Dynamic Bible Study
Lead a Dynamic Bible Study
Everything you need to lead an engaging Bible study
Practical Ideas for Engaging Multigenerational Groups
Practical Ideas for Engaging Multigenerational Groups
From marketing well to engaging everyone
Rich and Poor Find Solidarity in Christ
Rich and Poor Find Solidarity in Christ
What the first beatitude means for living in community
What You Should Not Share with Your Small Group
What You Should Not Share with Your Small Group
Three things you should keep to yourself
Facilitate Meaningful Group Prayer
Facilitate Meaningful Group Prayer
Great tips from an experienced small-group leader
Lead a Transformational Group
Lead a Transformational Group
Everything you need to lead a life-changing small group
Accountable Application
Accountable Application
Don't forget to ask application questions . . . and then follow up.
Circles Are Better than Rows
Circles Are Better than Rows
What we can learn from Jewish styles of learning
Embracing Tangents
Embracing Tangents
How talking about aliens brought my small group together
The Basics of Facilitating
The Basics of Facilitating
What every small-group leader needs to know
Leading 101
Leading 101
The basics of leading a small group
Give Your Study Some Context
Give Your Study Some Context
Help group members understand the Scripture you're discussing
Use Teachable Moments to Your Advantage
Use Teachable Moments to Your Advantage
And how to keep your eyes open for them
Why Holiness Is a Missional Concept
Why Holiness Is a Missional Concept
Gaining a biblical understanding of holiness
Three Elements of Vibrant Small Groups
Three Elements of Vibrant Small Groups
What a small group is and isn't
Helping Group Members Become Great Listeners
Helping Group Members Become Great Listeners
Teaching a critical relationship skill
Show Them How
Show Them How
Teach your group members how to listen well by modeling.
One Change that Can Revolutionize Your Small Group
One Change that Can Revolutionize Your Small Group
While counterintuitive, meeting weekly works better for busy group members.
A Disciple of Rabbi Jesus
A Disciple of Rabbi Jesus
Exploring the meaning of "disciple"
Seeker-Friendly Small Groups
Seeker-Friendly Small Groups
Effectively receiving truth-seekers
The Leader's Role in Building Trust
The Leader's Role in Building Trust
How well are you modeling trust and authenticity to your group?
How Much Should I Share?
How Much Should I Share?
Leaders have difficulty knowing what to share about their struggles with their small groups.
Exegesis and Hermeneutics for Small Groups
Exegesis and Hermeneutics for Small Groups
Practical information and tips to faithfully interpret Scripture together
Interpreting the Bible
Interpreting the Bible
Five keys to doing biblical exegesis together
Authentic Discipleship
Authentic Discipleship
Research shows that authenticity may be the most important factor for men.
How to Be a Great Small-Group Member
How to Be a Great Small-Group Member
Eight tips to help you give and take in a meaningful way
Strengthening Your Small Group Through Confession
Strengthening Your Small Group Through Confession
Practical advice for this important spiritual discipline
Evaluation: More Than Just a Bible Study
Evaluation: More Than Just a Bible Study
Three common obstacles to life change
Devotions for Short-Term Missions Teams
Devotions for Short-Term Missions Teams
Sharpen your spiritual focus with these eight readings.
Shaped By Our Stories
Shaped By Our Stories
A helpful exercise for leaders and participants of small groups
Meaningful Application in Small Groups
Meaningful Application in Small Groups
Make sure your people are doing more than discussing God's Word.
Application: The Basics
Application: The Basics
What keeps most small groups stuck on the surface and unable to break through to experience real life change?
Leader: MIA
Leader: MIA
In order to be effective leaders, we must be present and honest about our lives.
The Power of Active Listening
The Power of Active Listening
Learn a skill that is necessary for all small-group leaders.
Five Types of Questions
Five Types of Questions
Because the first step toward dynamic discussions is knowing your options.
How to Stimulate Better Discussions
How to Stimulate Better Discussions
Here are five keys that every group leader should be aware of.
Dead or Alive?
Dead or Alive?
What impact is your small group having on your local community?
Evaluating Group Discussions
Evaluating Group Discussions
How well do you practice these principles of great small-group discussion?
Small-Group Elephants
Small-Group Elephants
How to discuss difficult topics in community
Wait For It …
Wait For It …
Why patience is a virtue in all areas of small-group leadership
Leading a Life-Changing Bible Study
Leading a Life-Changing Bible Study
Work with the Holy Spirit to help your group members become more like Christ.
This Is Why They Call You a "Leader"
This Is Why They Call You a "Leader"
And what you're supposed to do because of it
Why Small Groups Need to Be On Mission
Why Small Groups Need to Be On Mission
Because discipleship is more than we've given it credit for.
On the Clock
On the Clock
Tips for starting and ending your group meetings on time
The Benefits of Transparency
The Benefits of Transparency
Transparency among members is a pivot on which an effective small group turns.
A Small-Group Leader's Most Important Job
A Small-Group Leader's Most Important Job
You can benefit from the surprising results of extensive research on small groups.
Teaching in Smaller Groups
Teaching in Smaller Groups
Guidance for teaching in a Bible study, small group, or Sunday school class.
How to Lead a Good Discussion
How to Lead a Good Discussion
Follow these basic principles for leading a small group
The Top 10 Training Downloads of 2009
The Top 10 Training Downloads of 2009
Our most popular resources, now 25 percent off!
The Top 10 Articles of 2009
The Top 10 Articles of 2009
Now you can benefit from what was most exciting and helpful to our readers last year.
Experiencing Authentic Worship in Small-Group Community
Experiencing Authentic Worship in Small-Group Community
Take your group to new levels of worship and praise.
Permission to Be Real
Permission to Be Real
Helping people open up is a valuable skill for small-group leaders.
Be a Model of Authenticity
Be a Model of Authenticity
Why group leaders have a critical role in small-group dynamics
Writing Questions That Spark Discussion
Writing Questions That Spark Discussion
Eight helpful tips for those who write their own studies
Resource Review: DVD Curriculum for Your Family
Resource Review: DVD Curriculum for Your Family
Explore the pros and cons of some interesting studies from SmallGroupsMaterials.com.
Small-Group Involvement Sheet
Small-Group Involvement Sheet
Here’s a practical way to help all of your group members participate.
Your Hidden Curriculum (part 2)
Your Hidden Curriculum (part 2)
What do people learn from you about the Christian life? Sometimes it's what you never intended to teach.
Your Hidden Curriculum (part 1)
Your Hidden Curriculum (part 1)
What do people learn from you about the Christian life? Sometimes it's what you never intended to teach.
Avoiding Pitfalls in Group Dynamics
Avoiding Pitfalls in Group Dynamics
Here are a few ways to keep the peace.
No More Ministry Hogs
No More Ministry Hogs
Here's how to get everyone in your small groups to serve.
Top 10 Downloads of 2008
Top 10 Downloads of 2008
See what group leaders and churches have valued most, and receive 25% off!
How to Revive a Small Group by Involving Members
How to Revive a Small Group by Involving Members
Here are six keys to group health that your members deserve to know about.
The Nicene and Apostles' Creeds
The Nicene and Apostles' Creeds
A closer look at these two creeds helps define what Christians believe.
Discipleship: The New Evangelism
Discipleship: The New Evangelism
Are these two important elements of the church trending together?
Discussing Doctrine and Theology
Discussing Doctrine and Theology
Several key tools to help you stay afloat when the conversation goes deep
Meaningful Worship in Small Groups
Meaningful Worship in Small Groups
Includes tips for singing and other methods of connecting with and praising God
More Than Just a Bible Study
More Than Just a Bible Study
Allow God's Word to transform lives as you study together.
Answering Tough Questions
Answering Tough Questions
How to handle seven difficult questions that are likely to pop up in your small group
Tips for Facilitating a Group Discussion
Tips for Facilitating a Group Discussion
Practical advice for working toward life-change, not spectacular meetings
How to Ask Stimulating Discussion Questions
How to Ask Stimulating Discussion Questions
Practical advice for one of a group leader's most important roles
A Community that Reflects Jesus
A Community that Reflects Jesus
Consider how Jesus might have behaved as a member of your small group.
Get Your Group Engaged!
Get Your Group Engaged!
The key to interactive discussions in your small group
Seven Advantages of Sermon-Based Small Groups
Seven Advantages of Sermon-Based Small Groups
The lecture/lab model is great for both small groups and Sunday mornings.
Getting into the Word
Getting into the Word
The basics of Bible study and discussion in small groups
Good Questions Show Good Listening
Good Questions Show Good Listening
Learn to understand people and help them understand themselves.
eBay
Top 10 things your leader is selling on eBay.
Questions from the Pastor
Top 10 questions you hope your senior pastor doesn’t ask.
One Anothers vs. Curriculum
Develop an agenda strategy that takes one-anothers into consideration.
It's Not Oprah's Book Club
Reading groups encourage unity and lead to some deep discussion.
Snack Ideas
Top 10 signs that your group food coordinator is running out of snack ideas.
The Greening of a Discussion Leader
Lead an engaging discussion in any setting.
Superhero
Top 10 signs your leader is actually a superhero in disguise.
Television
Top 10 TV shows that describe your small group.
How to Lead a Small Group
Lead an effective discussion in your small group.
Leading a Great Small-Group Bible Study
Leading a Great Small-Group Bible Study
How to move your group below the surface
Managing Lively Discussions
The "lively discussion" might be the point where life-change begins.
Questions: Icebreakers and Beyond
Ask good questions like Jesus.
Bruised Camels and Their Money
Small group helps members shape their views about how to handle money.
Discussion Problems?
Try a snag-free Socratic small group session
The Pastor
Top 10 coolest things about having the pastor in your small group.
Is Your Small Group Really A House Church?
Three big myths about church
"But I Wasn't Meant to Be a Mom!"
Joining a small group helped a mother embrace her new role.
Demystifying Misunderstandings
Sometimes the most important part of clearing up misunderstandings is talking about them.
Leadership Honesty Breeds Group Honesty
When a leader shares honestly their group members are likely to follow.
Creating Team Players
Learn how to get everyone in a small group participating.
Divide, Connect and Grow
Dividing large groups into smaller ones for discussion and prayer can enliven the entire group.
"Scratching" Where Your Group is Itching
If you're wondering where to lead your group next, find out what they're hungry for.
Curriculum-less?
Return vitality to small groups through “open” discussions.
Saving Conversations: What a Seeker Looks For
Are you ready for a lifesaving conversation? Your friend could be ready, and it could be now or never.
Evening News
Top 10 reasons your Small-Group Leader is being interviewed on the evening news
Sesame Street
Top 10 ways your group would be different if it met on Sesame Street!
Reality TV
Top 10 reasons your group should be on a reality TV show.
Apostolic Icebreakers
Top 10 icebreakers the disciples would use at their small group meetings.
The CIA
Top 10 signs that your new visitor is actually a CIA agent spying on your group.
You're Old!
Top 10 great things about being the oldest Small-Group Leader in the world.
Psychology
Top 10 things overheard as a Small-Group Leader speaks to his psychologist.
Icebreakers and Beyond
Jesus used simple, easy questions to lead into his deeper, soul-probing questions.
Give Me a Good Question!
If you plan your meeting using carefully thought-out questions, you’ll be on your way to leading a study that changes lives.
The Best Questions, Ever!
Three small group veterans share their favorite questions and question-asking strategies.
Go Deep with Good Questions
A good question can influence your decisions and your relationship with God and others.
When Truth Intercepts Life
Good questions can spur intimacy within a group.
Off the Subject
Top 10 worst things to say when your group gets off subject.
Left Behind
Top 10 ways to know your group has been reading the Left Behind series
Assessment and Adjustment of the Small Group Ministry
Positive and developmental feedback is necessary in order for any organization to achieve success.
Upward, Inward, Outward, Forward Assessment Tool
A tool to assess your small group's current health and strength.
Don't Chunk the Check-ups!
Four truths about the practice of constant and careful evaluation.
Worship Songs
Top 10 rejected small group worship songs.
Answering Machine
Top 10 messages left on the Small-Group Leader's answering machine.
Homework
Top 10 excuses for not doing your small group homework.
Dr. Seuss
Top 10 things Dr. Seuss would say if he came to your group.
Movies
Top 10 movie titles that describe your last meeting.
Coffee
Top 10 signs that your group drinks WAY too much coffee.
Sleeping
Top 10 things to say if you get caught sleeping during your small group.
Taxes
Top 10 group leader tax exemptions.
New Year, New Goals
The new year is the perfect time for small group goal setting.
Adventures in Babysitting
Should our church hire a babysitter for our small group nights?
More Adventures in Babysitting
We're the only couple with children, and we can't afford a babysitter every week.
Small Groups, Small Children, Big Concern
Take this quiz to help you decide about child-care options.
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
Ask these questions about your group to determine if it may be time to split-up, bring in new people, or focus on a new purpose.
Back to Basics
The next time you have an underwhelming small group study time, ask yourself these ten questions.
Bible Study or Relationships?
What's the purpose of a small group: Bible study, or relationships?
When Everyone Leads
Sometimes small groups choose to share the role of Bible study leader, with a different person leading each week. This has both advantages and disadvantages.
Arthur Argumentative—The Argumentative Person
How can you deal with someone who steps over the line from discussion to argument?
What is Success For a Home Group?
Five key evaluation questions to ask at the end of a home group meeting.
What is the Value of Group Covenants?
We asked a small group of small group experts; here are their responses.
The Quest for Great Discussion Questions
Why is asking good questions important to a Small-Group Leader?
Questionable Questions Quiz
Take a look at these questions, and see how they could be improved.
What Does This Verse Mean to You?
A better way to phrase this common question
Could You Be a Small-Group Leader?
Test yourself to see if you have the attributes.
The Small Group Study Bible
Do we really need another small group Bible?