Small group ministry is about making disciples. Any member of a group may decide to birth a group of their own one day. The Word of God spreads further and further through those disciples.
One of the characteristics of a disciple is their willingness to lead others to Christ. In that spirit, I want to highlight some of the Small Group Advisor bible studies with messages for leaders. Doing these would be great for a brand-new small group to get off to a strong start. For a seasoned group, any one of these would be great refreshers.
A great starting point is, “All In” by Mark Batterson. Strong small groups start with a strong relationship with Jesus. As Mark states in the study, if Jesus is not Lord of all, then Jesus is not Lord at all. Christian leadership begins with giving Jesus lordship over everything. This study will walk the group through exactly how to do that.
“Too Busy Not to Pray” by BIll Hybels, is an excellent study, because making disciples is filled with troubles if we don’t invite God into the process. This study is an excellent look at the power we gain when we make time for prayer.
“Community” by Andy Stanley, a rich look at what small groups and life in community can be through Christ. This study is all about how small groups bring intentionality to relationships that honor God while He uses them to make us more like Him.
“The Case for a Creator,” “The Case for Christ”, or “The Case for Faith”, teaches how to strengthen our evangelism. These Lee Strobel studies are foundational to being able to speak with confidence about Christianity, another key characteristic of Christian leadership.
The Case for a Creator Study Guide with DVD: A Six-Session Investigation of the Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God$32.94
The Case for Christ Study Guide with DVD: A Six-Session Investigation of the Evidence for JesusProduct on sale
The Case for Faith Study Guide with DVD: A Six-Session Investigation of the Toughest Objections to ChristianityProduct on sale
There are many good resources on the Host Resource page of Small Group Advisor that are suitable for leaders and leaders in training. The time you put into reviewing these, either as a leader or as a small group, will yield endless benefits for your discipleship journey.
Hi. I’m Allison Olson and have been blessed enough to be friends with Janice and Bill since 2016. I’ve been in a small group ever since Bill ran an Alpha course at our local church which turned into a small group that lasted a little while. My husband and I joined with Bill and Janice when they began their couples’ small group.
Janice, knowing how much I love to write, invited me to be a blog contributor on this site. I formerly wrote blog posts for the Never So Broken Ministry for women. I’m a transplanted Southerner (Tennessee and Florida), who has happily lived in Minnesota for 21 years with my husband and two grown children.
Small groups have been my second family and I hope we can help you with yours!