Note: To see a sample from this resource, check out This Is Why They Call You a "Leader"
There are many small-group leaders who approach the Bible-study portion of their group gatherings with something that is awfully close to dread. And that is a shame. There are several reasons why this happens, but most of them boil down to one basic idea: they are not sure what they are supposed to be accomplishing. Should they be helping their group members learn information and facts from the Bible? Is that most important? Or should they spend their time and effort making sure that as many group members participate as possible? Or should they try to spark some kind of controversy so that people engage in a debate?
In reality, none of those should be the primary goal for small-group leaders. Their focus during the Bible study should be the same as their focus for the rest of the group's activities: Transformation. Spiritual growth. Life change. That is what small groups are all about, and that is the subject of this downloadable resource.
The basics of preparing to lead a Bible study
By Mike Shepherd
Why They Call You a "Leader"
And what you're supposed to do because of it
By Sam O'Neal
Working with the Holy Spirit
The Spirit's Role in Small-Group Learning
Here's what it looks like and what you should look for
By Tom Bandy
Death By Agenda-Itus
It happens when a group leader sticks too tightly to the plan.
By Mike Mack
A Small-Group Leader's Most Important Job
You can benefit from the surprising results of extensive research on small groups.
By Jim Egli
How to Find Out What Your Group Needs to Learn
Five simple steps that will give you an answer
By Mike Shepherd
Leading for Life-Change
Five elements of a transformational small-group experience
By Pat J. Sikora
Effective Bible Study Questions
Make sure your discussion questions meet these four criteria.
By Terry Powell
How to Use Object Lessons in Group Learning
And why it's worth the effort
By Linda McCullough-Moore
Total number of pages - 22
You have permission to make up to 1,000 copies of this resource for use within your church or educational institution.