I had a lot of fun in 2010, mainly because I had the privilege of working with a great group of authors—and the privilege of serving a fantastic audience. Thank you for allowing us to provide you with resources that inspire life-changing community in your churches and your small groups.
Of course, I feel pretty strongly that all of the resources featured on SmallGroups.com are high-quality and deserving of recognition. However, each year we like to feature the ten resources that did the best job of catching your attention.
So, without further delay, here are the Top 10 resources of 2010 from SmallGroups.com!
Just like it's important to have routine medical checkups to gauge your physical well-being, the small groups in your church need periods of assessment and evaluation in order to properly maintain ministry health. The handouts in this Assessment Pack are designed to evaluate specific dimensions of small-group ministry. They address individual small groups as well as church-wide group ministries.
This 13-session course on marriage will be ideal for your Sunday school quarterly curriculum or to use in your small group. It covers such topics as learning to appreciate your spouse, money matters, faith, handling conflict, sex, communication, and compromise. Most of all it will help couples know how to express grace and love to one another.
These six Bible studies help couples grow in their relationship to God and get practical, biblical perspectives on money, differences, sex, and more.
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.
Starting a new small group is no easy task. Most new group leaders are recruited because they are willing and capable, but that doesn't mean they know what they are doing. The five resources bundled into this downloadable pack will give any new group leader a valuable head start in creating a meaningful community for Christ and his Kingdom.
(And yes, we are offering five resources in this "four pack." Don't tell our bosses!)
Prayer is a major part of every small group. Or at least it should be—when the goal of gathering together is spiritual growth and transformation, the Holy Spirit needs to be involved. And prayer before, during, and after a group gathering is a key element in that involvement.
Unfortunately, prayer has become an uncomfortable time for many small-group members. Or a boring time. Or a waste of time. That's because many groups dig themselves into a rut during prayer time—doing the same thing week after week. At some point, sharing around the circle and praying for the person on your right just loses its meaning. Fortunately, the resources contained in this training packet can help.