The Top 10 Downloads of 2011

The Top 10 Downloads of 2011

Your favorites from last year

It's hard for me to believe that 2011 is already over. The year brought a lot of changes to my life—including bringing me to SmallGroups.com. I'm proud to be part of the team that brings you quality resources for your small-group ministry.

Based on the variety of hot topics covered in our most popular downloads last year, I think it's safe to say that the readers of SmallGroups.com faced some major issues in 2011. From orientation guides to atheism to modern portrayals of parables, the top 10 downloads of last year cover a multitude of topics. The best part, though, is that these resources are not specifically tied to 2011. In fact, they're perfect to use in 2012, too. Enjoy!

1.Small-Group Leader Orientation Guide

This guide is designed to help you equip your church to provide orientation and basic training to new small-group leaders, and to help seasoned small-group leaders refresh themselves on their responsibilities. You may use it either for a group training session or to give individually to small-group leaders.

2.Is Our Church Discipling?

What does it look like for a disciple to be "fully trained" (Luke 6:40)? The first assessment in this 17-page pack can help you clarify what to aim for as you disciple people in your church. The rest of these assessments can help you evaluate how different aspects of your church's life and ministry might be facilitating or hindering people's growth in Christlikeness.

3.John Ortberg on Our Most Important Choice (4 session course)

Many people of Jesus' day admired him—they admired the words he said and the miracles he performed. But few people chose to follow Jesus. Use this video Bible study to help your group explore why your reaction to that choice will make all the difference in the world.

4.Four Pack: Orientation Guides

A lot of churches wish their small-group leaders were better trained. (For that matter, a lot of group leaders wish they were better trained.) But helping people learn the ins and outs of small-groups ministry is easier said than done, especially if your church doesn't have a full-time staff person on the job.

SmallGroups.com has tried to bridge the gap between the need for training and the lack of training with our series of Orientation Guides. These are packs of practical resources and tools that can help people learn what's expected of them and what they can expect to encounter in their different ministry roles. These guides are a great way to give new group leaders, hosts, facilitators, and group members the training they need.

"Four Pack: Orientation Guides" is a bundled pack containing the following SmallGroups.com training resources:

  • Small-Group Leader Orientation Guide
  • Small-Group Host Orientation Guide
  • Small-Group Facilitator Orientation Guide
  • Small-Group Member Orientation Guide

5.Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense (10 session course)

N.T. Wright shares the truths from his book Simply Christian in these 10 video sessions. Wright outlines Christianity in a way that challenges viewers but uses language that is easy to understand. These 10 video lessons also come with a PDF discussion guide that corresponds to each lesson.

6.Tim Keller on Practical Theology (7 session course)

This study is based on sermons by Timothy Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. He is the author of numerous books, including The Reason for God, The Prodigal God, and Counterfeit Gods.

7. Use Your Spiritual Gifts (5 session course)

This five-session course on spiritual gifts looks at our predisposed talents and how these change when we give our lives to Jesus Christ. Some spiritual gifts fit our personality, and others challenge us to grow and change. Spiritual gifts provide clues to God's intention for how we should live out our days and affirm the uniqueness of our calling as human instruments of his grace. Included is a personal inventory to help you determine your spiritual gift.

8. Modern Parables Small-Group Six Pack

The Modern Parables video Bible studies are contemporary retellings of Jesus' most famous parables, including the Parable of the Hidden Treasure, the Good Samaritan, the Shrewd Manager, the Widow and the Judge, the Parable of the Soils, and the Prodigal Son. Each parable includes two movies, a PDF discussion guide, and a PDF announcement poster.

9. Engaging Atheism (4 session course)

For as long as human beings have been alive on planet Earth, we have attempted to forge a connection with something beyond our experience and understanding—something divine. Consequently, we have worshiped, we have served, we have sacrificed, and we have obeyed. And so the most important question a Christian can grapple with is Has it all been a waste of time?

With the help of expertly produced content from Listen Up TV, this course will help your group properly engage that question.

10. What the Bible Really Says About Hell (3 session course)

Jesus talked a lot about hell, always as a warning. But modern Christians are often reluctant to give such a negative message. So what exactly does the Bible say about hell? And how should we believe and teach on this subject? We've assembled the teaching of three respected teachers to give us their wisdom and perspective on this weighty topic: Timothy Keller, Bill Hybels, and Timothy Peck.

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