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Bible Studies

Advent: Clash of Two Kingdoms
Advent: Clash of Two Kingdoms
Help your group explore the ways Jesus turned things upside down when he came to Earth.
The Essential Guide for Small-Group Leaders
The Essential Guide for Small-Group Leaders
A new tool for your entire team from Bill Search!
What Did I Get Myself Into?
What Did I Get Myself Into?
5 tips for when you start to panic about being a small-group leader
What Makes a Successful First Meeting?
What Makes a Successful First Meeting?
Kick off your small group by focusing on three keys.
Create Sermon-Based Studies
Create Sermon-Based Studies
How to write engaging group studies that tie into your pastor's sermons
5 Ways Small Groups Can Handle Summer
5 Ways Small Groups Can Handle Summer
Practical ideas beyond the meet or don’t meet debate
Empieza, Llena, Mantén
Empieza, Llena, Mantén
Tres conceptos simples que harán a tu grupo más exitoso
3 Must-Haves for Small-Group Covenants
3 Must-Haves for Small-Group Covenants
Talk through your group expectations early on.
Tres Elementos de Grupos Pequeños Vibrantes
Tres Elementos de Grupos Pequeños Vibrantes
Lo que un grupo pequeño es y no es.
9 Tips for a Successful First Small-Group Meeting
9 Tips for a Successful First Small-Group Meeting
Easy tips to make the most of your first gathering
Guía de Orientación: Líder de Grupo Pequeño
Guía de Orientación: Líder de Grupo Pequeño
Un resumen general de los básico de liderazgo de grupos pequeños.
What Should Small Groups Do Over the Summer?
What Should Small Groups Do Over the Summer?
3 things all groups should consider
Effective Student Groups
Effective Student Groups
Disciple the students in your ministry through intentional small groups.
Beyond Weekly Meetings
Beyond Weekly Meetings
The real job of a youth ministry small-group leader
5 Mistakes that Ruin Small Groups
5 Mistakes that Ruin Small Groups
How to be an intentional small-group leader
Beyond Good Small-Group Meetings
Beyond Good Small-Group Meetings
A review of M. Scott Boren's 'Leading Small Groups in the Way of Jesus'
Resource Review: Logos 6
Resource Review: Logos 6
A tool filled with resources for in-depth Bible study
Successful Discipleship in Small Groups
Successful Discipleship in Small Groups
Proven ways to develop mature disciples
3 Tips for Your First Meeting
3 Tips for Your First Meeting
Make your first group meeting a success.
Develop Real Relationships
Develop Real Relationships
Intentionally build the relationships in your group.
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
Small-Group Ministry Resolutions
Small-Group Ministry Resolutions
Start the new year with a new focus.
How Long Should Your Group Meetings Last?
How Long Should Your Group Meetings Last?
You'll be surprised by the answer.
Turn Ministry Teams into Small Groups
Turn Ministry Teams into Small Groups
How to transition a task group into a community group
Top Tips for Using Video Bible Studies
Top Tips for Using Video Bible Studies
How to use video-based curriculum wisely in your small group
Fall Activities for Your Small Group
Fall Activities for Your Small Group
Take advantage of this fun season.
Make the Most of Task Groups
Make the Most of Task Groups
Teammates can develop meaningful relationships.
Successful Short-Term Groups
Successful Short-Term Groups
Whether you're doing a campaign or trying out some specialty groups, use this resource to make them successful.
Bring Focus to Your Small-Group Meetings
Bring Focus to Your Small-Group Meetings
Get more out of your meetings by narrowing your focus.
Small-Group Childcare Options
Small-Group Childcare Options
Eliminate a common reason why people don't join groups.
Create a Compelling Vision
Create a Compelling Vision
Assess and revamp your current ministry vision, or create one from scratch.
Effectively Communicate About Your Ministry
Effectively Communicate About Your Ministry
Everything you need to get the word out about your ministry
Make Summer Your Group's Ally
Make Summer Your Group's Ally
Leverage the change of pace to build into your group.
Market Your Small-Group Ministry
Market Your Small-Group Ministry
Communicate about small groups in a clear, compelling way that draws people into groups.
Minister to Multiple Spiritual Maturity Levels
Minister to Multiple Spiritual Maturity Levels
Engage everyone in your group from not-yet believer to mature follower.
Raise My Ebenezer
Raise My Ebenezer
Remembering God's help yesterday helps us to trust him for today and tomorrow.
When and How to End Well
When and How to End Well
Learn how to end your group in a healthy way.
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
Three Keys for New Leaders
Three Keys for New Leaders
What I learned by falling down the stairs
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.
5 Reasons Your Small-Group Ministry Needs SmallGroups.com
Training, Bible studies, and more at an incredible value
Are You Engaging Everyone?
Are You Engaging Everyone?
Don't leave any of your group members behind.
Lead a Dynamic Bible Study
Lead a Dynamic Bible Study
Everything you need to lead an engaging Bible study
Nine Important Reminders for Meeting Preparation
Nine Important Reminders for Meeting Preparation
Set the stage to make the most of your time together.
Find the Right Study for Your Group
Find the Right Study for Your Group
Practical tips so you'll never dread finding a study again
Childcare Evaluation
Childcare Evaluation
Discuss the quality of childcare offered at group meetings.
Healthy Boundaries for Small Groups
Healthy Boundaries for Small Groups
How to set healthy boundaries with group members
Lead a Transformational Group
Lead a Transformational Group
Everything you need to lead a life-changing small group
Co-Leader Orientation Guide
Co-Leader Orientation Guide
A helpful overview for new co-leaders
First Night Survival Guide
First Night Survival Guide
Preparing for and leading your first meeting
The First Meeting
The First Meeting
How to start strong
Leading 101
Leading 101
The basics of leading a small group
Creative Leader Training
Creative Leader Training
Think outside the box and your leaders will want to attend training events.
Meaningful Groups for Emerging Adults
Meaningful Groups for Emerging Adults
Ministering to the life stage of 18- to 30-year-olds
Birthing Groups Well
Birthing Groups Well
Learn how to birth in a healthy, caring way.
Prepare with Prayer
Prepare with Prayer
Don't leave out this important piece.
Helping Group Members Become Great Listeners
Helping Group Members Become Great Listeners
Teaching a critical relationship skill
Physical Presence Matters
Physical Presence Matters
Face to face time is important and small groups can help meet this need.
Improving Communication for Effective Small-Group Ministry
Improving Communication for Effective Small-Group Ministry
Communicate your message about small groups to church leaders, small-group leaders, and church members in a clear and compelling way.
How Do I Make My Sunday School Healthy?
How Do I Make My Sunday School Healthy?
Applying small-group principles to Sunday school
Empowering Group Members
Empowering Group Members
We can't force spiritual growth, but we can empower people to take their next spiritual steps.
The Top 10 Downloads of 2011
The Top 10 Downloads of 2011
Your favorites from last year
Interpreting the Bible
Interpreting the Bible
Five keys to doing biblical exegesis together
Christmas Ideas for Your Small Group
Christmas Ideas for Your Small Group
Intentionally incorporating the season into your group
Small Group Ground Rules
Small Group Ground Rules
Six things to discuss as a group so you're all on the same page
New Questions for Measuring Group Success
New Questions for Measuring Group Success
Why the numbers game doesn't tell us if groups are accomplishing their mission
Effective Online Small Groups
Effective Online Small Groups
It's time to boldly go where few small groups have gone before.
Start, Fill, and Keep
Start, Fill, and Keep
Three simple concepts that will make your group more successful
Making Small Groups Fun!
Making Small Groups Fun!
It's not just a good idea; it's necessary.
The Top 10 Downloads of 2010
The Top 10 Downloads of 2010
Check out what churches and group leaders were most excited about last year.
Creating Video Ads and Testimonies
Creating Video Ads and Testimonies
Use these helpful guidelines and insider tips to recruit new leaders and group members.
Sharing Your Faith Without Embarrassment or Coercion
Sharing Your Faith Without Embarrassment or Coercion
Here is a seven-step plan for you to follow.
Effective Small Groups for Women
Effective Small Groups for Women
Get great advice and practical tips on ministering to an important demographic
Start Your New Group
Start Your New Group
Everything new leaders need to start strong
Leading as an Introvert
Leading as an Introvert
Both introverts and extroverts can learn how personality type affects church leadership.
Spiritual Director: Orientation Guide
Spiritual Director: Orientation Guide
Resources for shepherding, guiding, and providing spiritual care
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.
Planning a Short-Term Missions Trip as a Group
Planning a Short-Term Missions Trip as a Group
Great advice to help you before and during your trip
Starting a House Church
Starting a House Church
Helpful advice from experienced leaders in the simple-church movement
Keeping Small Groups Safe and Legal
Keeping Small Groups Safe and Legal
Use these forms to help protect your church and your group members.
Small-Group Apprentice: Orientation Guide
Small-Group Apprentice: Orientation Guide
Basic training for new and potential small-group apprentices
Teaching in Smaller Groups
Teaching in Smaller Groups
Guidance for teaching in a Bible study, small group, or Sunday school class.
Basic Strategies for Authentic Christian Community
Basic Strategies for Authentic Christian Community
Tips that can improve the atmosphere of new and veteran small groups
Experiencing Authentic Worship in Small-Group Community
Experiencing Authentic Worship in Small-Group Community
Take your group to new levels of worship and praise.
How to Prepare for a Bible Study
How to Prepare for a Bible Study
Practical tips for adapting an existing study or writing your own
Writing Questions That Spark Discussion
Writing Questions That Spark Discussion
Eight helpful tips for those who write their own studies
Start Your Small-Group Ministry
Start Your Small-Group Ministry
Everything you need to start a new ministry
Creating and Keeping an Outward Focus in Your Small Group
Creating and Keeping an Outward Focus in Your Small Group
Computer-based training to help your groups avoid an inward shift
Adultery and Emotional Affairs
Adultery and Emotional Affairs
Practical and helpful advice for a small group dealing with a tough situation
Unemployment
Unemployment
Equip your group leaders and members to minister to someone after he or she loses a job.
Cancer
Cancer
Get helpful advice on how to help individuals and families affected by this disease.
Hospitality in Small Groups
Hospitality in Small Groups
How to help your group members feel at home
Making Bible Study Transformational
Making Bible Study Transformational
Learn to move beyond passing information from one person to another.
Planning a Group Service Project
Planning a Group Service Project
This resource is full of practical tools for both group leaders and church staff.
How to Use This Resource (BSG50)
How to Use This Resource (BSG50)
Take a quick peek here to maximize the content in this training download.
How to Use This Resource (BSG49)
Take a quick peek here to maximize the content in this training download.
How to Use This Resource (BSG48)
Take a quick peek here to maximize the content in this training download.
How to Use This Resource (BSG47)
Take a quick peek here to maximize the content in this training download.
Foundations of a Small-Group Leader
Foundations of a Small-Group Leader
How to build and maintain a strong foundation for community ministry
Overcome Relationship Obstacles in Your Group
Overcome Relationship Obstacles in Your Group
Everything you need to tackle issues with group dynamics
How to Use This Resource
Take a quick peek here to maximize the content in this training download.
Choosing and Evaluating Bible Studies
Choosing and Evaluating Bible Studies
Practical assessments and evaluations from experts in the field
What Makes a Good Bible Study?
What Makes a Good Bible Study?
The answer may not be what you think.
Handling Tragedy in Your Small Group
Handling Tragedy in Your Small Group
Be prepared when difficult circumstances shake your community.
Small-Group Host Orientation Guide
Small-Group Host Orientation Guide
This guide has been specially designed to provide orientation and basic training for your church's small-group hosts.
Effective Affinity Groups
Effective Affinity Groups
Train both new and experienced group leaders to build a successful community around affinity.
The Nicene and Apostles' Creeds
The Nicene and Apostles' Creeds
A closer look at these two creeds helps define what Christians believe.
What's Your Story?
What's Your Story?
The importance of hearing the life journey of your group members
Stepping Down
Stepping Down
The "why" and "how" of removing yourself from small-group leadership
Facing Shame Issues in a Small Group
Facing Shame Issues in a Small Group
Why some group members don't want to open up, and how to help
You Struggle with That!?
You Struggle with That!?
Responding to a group member who confesses a secret sin
Cheat Sheet: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
Cheat Sheet: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
Understanding the work and gifts of the Counselor
Pay Attention to Details
Pay Attention to Details
Why the little things make a big difference in your group experience.
Learning Styles and Lesson Preparation
Learning Styles and Lesson Preparation
Understanding how people learn gives you a better shot at teaching them.
A Theology of Small-Group Worship
A Theology of Small-Group Worship
Spiritual formation for individuals, small groups, and the church.
Organic Small Groups
Organic Small Groups
Advice on creating a place where people naturally connect.
Small-Group Assimilation Strategies
Small-Group Assimilation Strategies
Bring church members into your groups, and group members into your church.
A Balanced Small-Group Strategy
A Balanced Small-Group Strategy
How small groups can apply the five purposes of the church.
Answering Tough Questions
Answering Tough Questions
How to handle seven difficult questions that are likely to pop up in your small group
Spiritual Disciplines
Spiritual Disciplines
A collection of resources to help you practice spiritual disciplines individually and as part of a group
Small-Group Member Orientation Guide
Small-Group Member Orientation Guide
Help your new and potential group members know what to expect, and what will be expected of them.
Handling Conflict in Small Groups
Handling Conflict in Small Groups
Practical advice to help you when things get a little ugly
Tips for Facilitating a Group Discussion
Tips for Facilitating a Group Discussion
Practical advice for working toward life-change, not spectacular meetings
Love the One You're With
Love the One You're With
How to manage difficult personalities within your small group
Say No to Icebreakers
Say No to Icebreakers
Consider switching your focus from breaking ice to making community.
The Truth About Transformation
The Truth About Transformation
What it really takes to help people change their minds
Stay Connected Through the Summer
Stay Connected Through the Summer
Make the most of summer—whether or not you take a break.
Does Your Small Group Need a Vacation?
Does Your Small Group Need a Vacation?
How to tell if and when you need a break this summer
Training Small Groups to Reach Out
Training Small Groups to Reach Out
An interview with small-groups author and pastor Jeff Arnold
How to Pray for Your Small Group
How to Pray for Your Small Group
Here are 10 tips to increase the frequency and effectiveness of your supplications.
Using Parables: How to Teach Like Jesus
Using Parables: How to Teach Like Jesus
Take a moment to explore Jesus' favorite method of storytelling.
Creating Community
Creating Community
A free resource to boost the connections within your church family
How to Host a Small-Group Meeting
How to Host a Small-Group Meeting
Practical advice for group members willing to share their homes
The Paradox of Community
The Paradox of Community
Why church members often run from community despite their attraction to it
Hearing Aids for Small-Group Leaders
Hearing Aids for Small-Group Leaders
Why listening is such a valuable tool for those of us in charge
Top Ten: New Years
The top ten New Year's resolutions your group really needs to make
Seven Mistakes of New Small-Group Leaders
Seven Mistakes of New Small-Group Leaders
And how to avoid them when you're on the hot seat
Guidelines for Group Prayer
Guidelines for Group Prayer
Practical principles for an ongoing, transformational walk with God.
The Next Generation of DVD Curriculum
The Next Generation of DVD Curriculum
Why film-based curriculum should be the next big thing.
Divorce—How Can We Minister Without Meddling?
Divorce—How Can We Minister Without Meddling?
A practical look at the boundaries of fellowship groups.
The Small-Group Leader as Spiritual Guide
The Small-Group Leader as Spiritual Guide
A step-by-step approach to guiding your group toward spiritual maturity
Small-Group Facilitator Orientation Guide
Small-Group Facilitator Orientation Guide
This guide has been specially designed to provide orientation and basic training for your church's new small-group facilitators and teachers.
Expert Advice for Small-Group Facilitators
Expert Advice for Small-Group Facilitators
Why obedience and a caring heart are all you really need
Become a Great Listener
Become a Great Listener
Practical tips for working on this essential leadership skill
The 5 H’s of a Small-Group Leader’s Journey
The journey of leadership starts long before you get the official title.
Small Groups Sometimes Skip the Agenda
Small Groups Sometimes Skip the Agenda
Small-group agendas don't change people's lives. Christ does.
Dealing with Divorce in Your Small Group
Dealing with Divorce in Your Small Group
Be prepared for a crisis that impacts a high percentage of small groups.
Listening Leaders
An oxymoron, or an outpouring of love?
10 Ways to Be a Better Listener Part 2
Tips to help you be a better listener
The Childcare Checklist
The Childcare Checklist
Use this practical tool to determine the childcare options in your small group.
Family-Friendly Small Groups
Family-Friendly Small Groups
Why you, and your church, should support the families of group members
Using Lectio Divina with Teen Groups
Follow this step-by-step approach to learn more about contemplation in small groups.
Make Your Group a Winning Team!
By viewing the church as a living organism, you can impact the world for Christ.
The Challenge of Challenging People
Small groups with severely wounded people can be a great success if you stick to some trusted principles.
It's Not Oprah's Book Club
Reading groups encourage unity and lead to some deep discussion.
<em>Lectio Divina</em> and Contemplative Prayer in Small Groups
Lectio Divina and Contemplative Prayer in Small Groups
Understand the practice of lectio divina and how to incorporate it into your small group.
Sharing Our Lives In Difficult Times
How does the church survive trauma?
Recruitment Slogans
Top 10 slogans for your small group recruitment campaign.
Small-Group Leader Orientation Guide
Small-Group Leader Orientation Guide
A helpful overview of the basics of small-group leadership
Five Small Group Myths
Have realistic expectations about what small groups will be like.
The Greening of a Discussion Leader
Lead an engaging discussion in any setting.
Opening the Bible for Seekers
Small groups that thoughtfully use Scripture can serve an evangelistic purpose.
How to Lead a Small Group
Lead an effective discussion in your small group.
Hosting
Top 10 questions you wish you asked before hosting a small group.
Leading a Great Small-Group Bible Study
Leading a Great Small-Group Bible Study
How to move your group below the surface
Those Divine Moments
5 Cues for Small-Group Leaders
What Do We Want to Study Next?
What Do We Want to Study Next?
Take the time to make a wise choice in what your group will study.
Biblical Principles for Pastoral Care in Small Groups
When leaders understand what is and is not expected of them, they are more at ease.
Treat or Refer?
Living in community is not the same as providing counseling.
The 50 Best Small Group Web Resources
As part of an academic research project, the author recently searched the world wide web to discover the 50 best small group ministry resources available.
When a Plan Doesn’t Come Together
You can approach nearly any plan by looking at values, strategies, and tactics.
Stuff that Happens
There are common issues that happen in nearly every group, but there are ways to avoid them.
Navigating Rough Waters
How to keep your small group from running aground.
Leadership Team co-Members and Friends
Can they be the same people?
The Symmetry of God’s Plan
Before you choose a model for small group ministry, you must establish what the end product should look like.
10 Ways to Schedule Group Gatherings
Different groups, different purposes, different needs: ten schedules to help you choose what's right for your group.
Meeting Special Needs
There are several practical ways you can include people with special needs in your group.
Life in an American Underground Church
Consider a lifestyle choice about how you do ministry.
I Forgot to Mention…
Top 10 things they forgot to mention during your Small-Group Leadership training.
Small Group Management Systems: Off the Shelf
Tips for buying an "off the shelf" small group management system
Small Group Management Systems: Building Your Own
Why we built our own software, and how it works
Small Group Consultant
Top 10 suggestions a small group consultant might give to your group
Dealing with Conflict
In complex issues, if you know your own preferred reaction to conflict, it can help you choose the right course.
Two Keys To Resolving Conflict
Acknowledging conflict, and turning the focus to Christ, can sometimes quell a rising storm.
Conflict - Which Approach Do You Take?
There are several different approaches to conflict; which one you choose depends on the situation.
When Life Happens … Prepare to Fight!
Even spiritual people can be in conflict with each other.
Snacks
Top 10 ways to tell you group doesn't like the snacks you brought.
Self-Help Books
Top 10 most popular self-help books for Small-Group Leaders.
Winter
Top 10 ways you know your group members are ready for winter.
"Dude, I Can't Shepherd a Small Group?"
Get tips on how to lead an effective small group even if you don't think you're ready.
The "Joys" of Multiplication
Multiplying small groups can be difficult, but the rewards are worth it.
When Divorce Visits Your Small Group
What to do in the likely event of a marital crisis
Your Childcare Provider
Top 10 things you wish you had found out earlier about your small group childcare provider.
Ways to Get Coaching When You Don’t Have a Coach
To get the support you need, you sometimes have to seek it out.
A Simple Picture of Success
Small group health depends on preparing for success.
Vacation
Top 10 things overheard during your Small-Group Leader's family vacation.
A Day in the eLife…
You don't have to be computer guru to take advantage of the tremendous amount of information on the World Wide Web
Crossing the Technology Gaps Toward eLearning
Technology provides valuable tools for group preparation and group time.
Chemistry
Authentic community happens spontaneously.
The Small Group Answer Man
Top 10 calls received by the "Small Group Answer Man" hotline!
Keepin' It Real
The language for reaching postmoderns may be different, but the basic needs are the same.
Destiny’s Children?
The youth today is looking for something new, something deeper, something that will help them explore their destiny in Christ.
More Is More When Less Is More
Why not have both large groups and small groups in the same meeting?
Coach, Don't Take it Seriously
Top 10 reasons you think the title has finally gone to your Coach's head.
Setting P.A.C.E. in Men's or Women's Small Groups
A method for approaching gender specific discipleship
Newcomers
Top 10 things newcomers in your church think a 'small group' is.
Three Ways to Birth a New Small Group
Multiplication, launching, and planting are all methods of starting new groups.
Time Together
Time is at the core of relational ministry.
Kids
Top 10 things your kids say to their friends about your small group.
Launching Community
Before you start a small-group ministry make sure you believe in it.
The Prepared and Prayerful Leader
How the right approach to your sessions can make your meetings more meaningful.
Hit the Ground Running!
Follow these ground rules to get your small group off to a great start.
The Life Transformation Group
The most basic job description of a Small-Group Leader is: talk, listen, repeat.
Developing Children's Small Group Curriculum
Some tips for developing a curriculum for children that will help them grow spiritually.
Sermon Titles
Top 10 rejected sermon titles used by Small Group Pastors when their Senior Pastor is on vacation!
Meeting Places
Top 10 worst suggestions for meeting places.
His Church is Really at Work!
For many people, he workplace is their largest sphere of influence, and their greatest opportunity for evangelism.
The Workplace Small Group Movement
A Conversation with Stephen R. Graves
Open Or Closed? What Really Matters
We ensure that each member is discipled and equipped so that they can one day lead their own small group.
Compel or Expel?
The objective of meeting the needs of individuals will determine whether your group should be open or closed.
Thinking Outside the Group
Consider ways to intentionally lead an open small group.
Childcare or Small Groups?
If parents were expected to come, there would also be children. How were we to get over this hurdle?
Evangelistic Prayer
Top 10 things you don't want to hear as you pray for the person who will fill your empty chair.
Plan A - Small Group Community
When life isn't working as we have planned, God's plan is usually at work.
Handling Difficult People: When Extra Grace is Required
Difficult people can be confusing and overwhelming to lead, having a framework in place can make the situation easier for you both.
Assimilating Children in Cells
Enable and equip the youngest generation to become all that God has called them to be.
Application
Top 10 questions on a Small-Group Leader application form.
Signing Your Life Away
Being a Small-Group Leader means signing away your old life and taking on the new life of a shepherd.
Small Group Growing Pains
Introducing the concept of community into a church can be painful, but there are ways to ease the pains.
Changing Direction of Ministry
Effective and lasting change comes through the process of identifying, joining, encouraging, and then changing direction.
Strategic Group Meetings
Avoid the frustration of a poorly run group with a little planning.
Is Your Agenda Killing Your Group?
The proper place of a plan in your meetings.
Creating a Great Small Group Meeting Agenda
Sometimes you may not follow it, but an agenda can help God work within your small group.
Planning Great Meetings
Believe it or not, the Bible isn't against the notion of planning.
How to Spice Up Your Meetings
55 ways to spice up your small group time.
Shepherding Broken People
When your group shares their deepest hurts, how do you respond?
Here There Be Dragons
How do we offer healing rather than mere recovery?
The Challenge Of Challenging People
What works, and what doesn't, when leading a group of challenging people.
The Homework for Today Is…
What if the Creator of the world gave you a homework assignment?
Classroom or Community?
Whether or not to do homework assignments depends on the mission, purpose, and values of the group.
Service Homework
Assign outreach as your next small group homework.
Handing Out Spoons
Handing Out Spoons
Do your group a favor: assign homework and teach them to feed themselves.
Homework? Watch Your Language, Buster!
I suggest we replace "homework" with a term more reflective of what it accomplishes in the Christian life.
Preparing For A Smooth Delivery!
Preparation is necessary if your group is going to multiply.
Group Breaks
Does every small group need a planned vacation?
Your Group May Need A Vacation When . . .
Your Group May Need A Vacation When . . .
Sometimes a vacation is the perfect solution to a small-group problem.
Small Group Adventures
Some ideas to bring fun, adventure, and community to your small group.
Growing Fun
Fostering fun within a group is a little like growing a plant.
Group Evaluation and Celebration
Group Evaluation and Celebration
Plan to conclude your year with your group in a positive way.
Focusing Our Group Attitude
Some nuts-and-bolts ideas that will help your group get organized and focused.
Top Ten 2
Top 10 ideas for future Top Ten lists, part 2.
The Empty Chair
Top 10 alternative uses for the empty chair.
Hobbies
Top 10 ways to incorporate your leader's hobbies into small group meetings
Duct Tape
Top 10 uses for duct tape at your meeting.
Technology
Top 10 ways technology is changing your group.
Emotional Dependency in Cells
How to identify and break the bondage of dependent relationships.
The Unrepentant Person
What to do if a group member is obviously living in sin.
Preparing for Outreach through Evangelism-Based Prayer
Some prayer-evangelism tools you can use before your next service project
Time to Move
Top 10 reasons to stop meeting at your host's home.
The Pastor's Coming
Top 10 reasons the pastor is visiting your small group tonight.
Charting the Journey
Each small group goes through stages of development—here's what you can expect.
Stop the Discussion
Top 10 ways to bring the discussion to a screeching halt.
Becoming People of Purpose
Writing a personal mission statement can help you, and your group, be purposeful in living for Christ.
Homework for Adults
Most of us don't like homework, but it can be fun and beneficial in our small groups.
Leading Worship in Small Groups
Nervous about leading worship? Here are some tips to make it easier.
Restart Right!
A few ideas to restart your group with excitement!
Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make
It's easy to fall into these traps.
When it's Time to Confront
We are called to encourage each other towards righteousness, but confrontation is never an easy situation.
Chronic Lateness
Three practical cures for a common small-group ailment
Blah Busters
Ways to switch up your study when the blahs strike.
Breaking Down Barriers
Promote intimacy within your group.
Praying the Night Away
Different ways that you can spend time with your group in prayer.
Twelve Ideas for Conversational Prayer
Ideas to keep your prayer time fresh and meaningful.
Two More Ways to Pray
Ideas for making prayer more tangible and interesting to those in your group.
Dog Days
Top 10 things your dog is thinking during small group.
When Extra Grace is Needed
Most small groups have one very needy person; here's some advice on how to handle the situation.
Dealing with Miscarriage Loss
Advice on how to comfort a couple that has suffered a miscarriage, and what not to do.
When It's Time for a Professional
Sometimes people in your group need more than you're able to give.
Expert Advice
The Small Group gurus answer questions about small groups and revival.
Wesley's "Methods" for Revival
We could spur revival again, if we follow Wesley's emphasis on holiness and accountability.
The Coming Revival
Every great revival starts with prayer.
The ACTS of Revival in Our Group
How to pray for revival.
Recovery Groups: Panacea or Pandemonium?
How is a Christian supposed to approach recovery groups?
The Quiet Person
Top 10 worst ways to get that quiet person to talk.
What It's Like to Be 16
Don't let yourself forget what it's like to be sixteen.
Dormant Volcanoes
Our children are dormant volcanoes, ready to erupt for God!
Child-Friendly Small Groups
I realized that children had not been welcome in our midst, and therefore Jesus had not been welcome either.
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.
Making Sense in Study
Pay attention to the five senses when preparing your home for a small group meeting.
Open Home, Open Hearts
By providing a comfortable atmosphere where Christianity is lived out and where non-Christians feel at ease, homes can be great tools for bringing people to Christ.
Small Group Atmosphere
Atmosphere is important to aiding interaction in a small group.
Well, What is our Course?
If your group feels aimless, you may want to consider your mission.
Sweet 16
Top 10 excuses for canceling your group because your favorite football team is playing.
How Can We Minister without Meddling?
When group members are seriously hurting, where is the line between supporting and intruding?
For Crying Out Loud
You are leading your Bible study one evening when a member suddenly starts crying—what do you do?
What to Do When No One Shows
Planning ahead can ensure that you're not the only one who shows up for the meeting.
Ten Things I'd Do Differently
Ten things I'd do differently if I were starting to transition today.
New Years
Top 10 wacky new year's eve/day small group ideas.
Recovering Interest
What to do for apathy in your group.
How to Structure a Small Group
Here are some basic small group principles that will help you do your job as a Small-Group Leader.
Teaching in the Cell
What "teaching" means, and what it looks like.
Teaching by Example
Your example can show others real Christianity at work.
Teaching Styles to Avoid
To be effective teachers, we need to capitalize on our strengths and minimize our weaknesses.
Worst Refreshment Ideas
Top 10 worst items to have for refreshments.
Obstacles to Leadership
Every leader has doubts, but here's what the Bible has to say to counter them.
Signs of the Struggle
Even faithful members of a small group struggle with sin.
Handling The Holidays
Options for small group time over the busy holiday season.
Halloween
Top 10 worst ways to celebrate Halloween.
Twelve Principles of Cell-Celebration Churches
Principles that will help small groups thrive in your church.
Balancing the Meeting Time
Managing your group's meeting time can be one of the harder aspects of leading; here are some tips to help you.
Group Life Cycle Models: A Comparison
The life cycle of small groups has been studied by a variety of researchers, both secular and religious, for several decades. Here are some of the models they've come up with.
The Small-Group Life Cycle
Small-group cycles are much like the stages of life.
Stages of Development in a Small Group
An overview of the stages a small group goes through.
From First Date to Potential Mate
Understanding the life cycle of your small group.
Please Leave
Top 10 ways to get kicked out of your group!
Good Old Summertime for Your Group
Some ideas to keep your group going over the summer months.
Getting Together and Going Away
Some ideas and suggestions for short summer retreats with your group.
Griselda Gossip—The Person Who Just Can't Keep it to Herself
She's not doing it maliciously, but her gossip is destroying the group.
Hosting with Excellence
Five tips for hosting a small group meeting.
Worst Icebreakers
Please, don't try this at home.
Dancing With Dinosaurs
Change, or die.
Top Ten: You've Lost Control!
Top 10 signs the leader has lost control of a meeting.
Covenants? Yes and No
The positives, and negatives, of covenants in small groups.
How Not to Start a Small Group Ministry
How small groups started in a church that had decided they "wouldn't work there."
Multiplication
No matter how chaotic things may seem at the time, multiplication is all for the greater good of the kingdom of God.
Fun with the Newsletter
Top 10 titles using the words cell or small in your church newsletter!
Starting Right
Sometimes in the process of planning a new group, we forget the most important element: prayer.
Restart With a Bang
It's hard to get going after the summer "break." Here's how to rev up your post-summer ministry.
Don't Call It That!
Top 10 worst titles for a small group study guide!
Serving—As Each Part Does its Work
How to avoid your group becoming a one-man show.
Prescriptions for a Healthy Group
Is your group at a health risk?
Successful Home Cell Groups
An oldie, but a goodie, about the cell group movement.
Reasonable Service
What one small group is doing on its summer vacation.
Choosing Curriculum for Small Groups
How to choose the right study guide for your group.
Some Questions Before Deciding
Things to consider before choosing a Bible study with your group.
Hanging Out
Ideas for getting together outside of group time.
Thou Shalt Worship…In Your Small Groups?
Does worship have a place in small groups?
Twelve Ideas for Conversational Prayer
Prayer time doesn't have to be long or stressful.
The Small Group Clinic: Worship
Keep small group worship simple.
Ten Tips for Starting an Investigative Study
How to start exploring the Bible with non-believers.
What Do We Study?
How do you pick where to start?
The Small Group Clinic: Evangelism
What's the easiest way to do evangelism?
What You Don't Want to Hear
Top 10 phrases a leader doesn't want to hear during a meeting.
Questionable Questions Quiz
Take a look at these questions, and see how they could be improved.
Four Traits of Good Leaders
Small group members listed what's most important to them.
Quentin Quiet: The Silent Individual
How to pull him out of his shell.
Managing Conflict
Where conflict is likely to arise, and how to deal with it.
New Year's Resolutions for Your Group
What can your group resolve to accomplish next year?
Starting Small Groups—and Keeping Them Going
A "nuts and bolts" small group book
Handling Conflict
Adopt the following saying: "Conflict is expected and welcome!"
The Quiet Group
What do you do when no one responds?