Category Archives: Small Groups

Updated Jesus 101 Study

I have made revisions to the Jesus 101 study and wanted to let you know that and post the new pdf. This is the evangelistic study of Mark that we put together here at Northwest so that we can start getting more people engaged in Bible study with non-Christians. So far this study has beenContinue Reading

Teaching Eutychus – A Helpful Book for Teachers and Group Leaders by Houston Heflin

Houston Heflin has just put out a book for teachers and small group leaders called Teaching Eutychus. We had Houston do a teaching seminar for us in January and it was excellent. Some of that material is reflected in this book but there is much more to it than that. This book helps you undertstandContinue Reading

New Curriculum Posted – Living by Faith: Studies in Hebrews 11

I just posted a new small group series called Living by Faith: Studies in Hebrews 11. The study works through the stories of those mentioned in Hebrews 11 and ties us in with them and the ministry of Jesus as well as the early Christian and contemporary martyrs. Have a look… Living By Faith ThatContinue Reading

Evaluating Lines of Communication

I was talking with a Marine last week who told me that at times they will ask someone on the mission what the mission is about and what they are going to do. If the enlisted man doesn’t have a clue then the lines of communication are broken and adjustments have to be made toContinue Reading

Launching Missional Communities: A Field Guide

I received a free copy of Launching Missional Communities by Mike Breen and Alex Absalom. This is probably the most practical book I have seen since Willow Creek’s Leading Life Changing Small Groups which was their Small Group Leaders Manual. This book is all nuts and bolts of creating, maintaining and growing missional communities, evenContinue Reading

You Move in the Direction of Your Most Dominant Thoughts

That was one of the most memorable quotes of my time at Harding Graduate School. Those words were spoken by John Ellas while teaching his class on Small Group Ministry. They have stuck with me because they are so true. The things we think about the most are the things we often engage in theContinue Reading

Community – Setting Expectations Too Low

A second realization that came from yesterday’s sermon on community was that I have expected too little from the members of our congregation. When I was initially coming up with some things that would motivate people to come to groups I noticed that we have gone to great lengths to remove as many barriers asContinue Reading

Books and Resources on the Holy Spirit

I am going to be writing some small group curriculum on the Holy Spirit. What resources have you found helpful in your studies? I am looking at the following: The Bible! Forgotten God: Reversing our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit by Francis Chan Living in the Power of the Holy Spirit by Charles StanleyContinue Reading

10 Tips for Writing Small Group Lessons

Over the last five years I have written somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 small group lessons. Some have been good and others lacking. Hopefully after reflecting on the process of lesson writing and also seeing the lessons several of you have recently sent me for the Archive some of this information will be helpful:Continue Reading

Writing Curriculum on Paul’s Prison Letters – Suggested Materials

I am currently writing a small group series for our congregation on Paul’s prison letters (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon). Here are the resources I am currently using. Anything I am missing that you have found useful? IVP – Dictionary of Paul and His Letters Paul: Apostle of a Heart Set Free by F.F. BruceContinue Reading

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