July 17, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Youth Small Group Leaders Belong on the Team

Sometimes you might feel as if you are a Lone Ranger as you lead your small group for youth. But the truth is, as a small group leader of teens, you are part of a far bigger team. You are … Continue reading

July 10, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Accept Teens as They Are

Over recent Mondays, we have focused this blog on some of the unique characteristics of leading small groups for teens or students. I am not sure what your terminology is for teenagers. You might call them teens, teenagers, students, youth, … Continue reading

July 3, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Help Teens Influence Their World

Last Monday we considered the various areas in a teen’s life. As a small group leader for teens, I need to understand their world as much as possible. You can read that article here. But, this is not the place … Continue reading

June 5, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Connecting with Teens

Last week we discussed some ways to connect with teens in our small groups. You can find that blog post here. I have been thinking about several more ideas I want to share with you. Let’s talk about accountability first. … Continue reading

May 11, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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8 Tips for Leading Student Small Groups

Over the past few weeks I have been posting ideas about working with students at church. Today, let’s focus a bit more on students or teens in small groups.   As you learned in earlier posts, this generation of teens … Continue reading

May 8, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Where Do Pastors Come From?

You probably never considered the question. Since I teach ministerial students I have asked the question. Often. I had the hunch pastors come out of youth ministries. Well, someone has proven my hunch true. This past week, the Barna research … Continue reading

May 4, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Leader Prep for Sunday School Classes or Small Groups

I teach a college Bible study almost every Sunday afternoon. I love it. I love studying to teach the group the most. I teach my students to also prep all week. But, honestly, there are times when I don’t succeed … Continue reading

April 20, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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No Lazy Generation Z-ers

Have you heard the talk about lazy teens? I hear it all the time and I sometimes see it. But in last year’s research article by the Barna Group, “The Myth of the Lazy Teen,” that concept is challenged. Here … Continue reading

April 17, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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What Teens Think is Cool and Why It Matters

Recently a youth minister friend sent me a link to the Google document, It’s Lit: A Guide to What Teens Think Is Cool. It is a report about the consumer habits of today’s 13- to 18-year olds. Those are the … Continue reading

April 6, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Teach Like Ezra

Last week I had the privilege of speaking to the Sunday School teachers of First Baptist Church, Walnut Ridge. They are a great bunch, doing a great job, and helping to grow our church. If I want to encourage teachers, … Continue reading