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The Small Group Fail

I can recall my first major small group fail vividly from about 17 years ago.   I had been in youth ministry for a few years by then, so I thought of myself as a little bit of an up-and-coming relational expert.  We were in..
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Discipleship | Small Groups
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Talk About Anything…And Keep ‘Em Talking!

Andy Stanley recently said something to the effect of, “The church should be the safest place to talk about anything.” I’m no Andy Stanley, but the other day while talking to one of our interns I said something that I thought was equally brilliant: “Always..
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Articles | Small Groups
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Discussing Suicide in Youth Group

With suicide getting more attention in the news lately, it has been revealed that there is a lack of resources to effectively discuss the subject with our students.  It is important to have these discussions but it is equally important to have good discussions.  The following are guidelines..
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Articles | Small Groups
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How To Be A Small Group Guru Part 4: Guru Goulash

To wrap up our series on becoming a small group guru, I’d like to prepare a little guru goulash; a delish mish mash of thoughts. * Don’t forget the parents! Leading a small group of 5-10 teenagers also gives you an incredible opportunity to minister..
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How To Be A Small Group Guru, Part 3: Guru Skills

Week three of this series may be a good time to come clean. I’m not a very good small group leader…a small group guru I ain’t! But I’ve observed some of the best (because I’m so bad I always partner with somebody really good!). I’ve..
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