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Description
This model links a church's small-groups ministry with the weekly sermon and worship service. Group members study the same topic or passage of Scripture that was covered in the sermon, often delving deeper into areas not covered in detail by the preacher. The sermon-based curriculum is often created by a church staff-member using the pastor's sermon notes, but group leaders are often given authority to adapt the material to their group.
Advantages
Advantages

Strength 1: Combining the weekend sermon with a small-group Bible study provides repeated exposure to the material covered, which can help it "stick" with group members.

Strength 2: Group leaders are freed from the burden of hunting down new curriculum ideas (or writing their own).

Strength 3: Having all small groups study the same material creates a wider sense of unity and common direction.

Disadvantages
Disadvantages

Weakness 1: The pastor must finalize his sermon material at least six weeks in advance in order to properly develop the curriculum resources.

Weakness 2: Some group leaders may chafe at having curriculum "assigned" to them.

Weakness 3: The potential exists for small groups to turn the Bible study into a critique of the pastor's sermon.

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Create Sermon-Based Bible Studies

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Develop a Small-Group Strategy

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Multiethnic Small Groups

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Multigenerational Small Groups

Multigenerational Small Groups

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Effective Online Small Groups

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Effective Small Groups for Men

Get great advice and practical tips on ministering to a neglected demographic
Life-Changing Small Groups for Couples

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Effective Small Groups for Women

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Effective Intergenerational Small Groups

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Effective Affinity Groups

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Recovery Ministries

Recovery Ministries

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Effective Turbo Groups

Effective Turbo Groups

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Family-Friendly Small Groups

Family-Friendly Small Groups

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