September 18, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Small Group Challenges: What to Do with Those Phones?

Smartphones haven’t been around but a bit over ten years. Mobile phones are only a little older. But, as you can see, smartphones aren’t going away and they are going everywhere we go. It’s not just teenagers in love with … Continue reading

September 11, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Small Group Challenges: When a Member Needs Ministry

No matter how great a group you lead, eventually, someone in the group will have a great need. It might be a job loss, an illness, a difficult pregnancy, a death in the family, or an accident. Most of these … Continue reading

September 7, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Spiritual Disciplines: Small Group

I love small groups. Nothing in all of Christian education or discipleship approaches excites me more than small groups. I have been a part of many and have led many as well. I love to see a successful small group. … Continue reading

September 4, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Small Group Challenges: My Group Won’t Use Their Bibles

We live at a time of unprecedented availability of the Bible and media-delivered Bible study resources. No generation has ever had so much worthwhile materials for Bible reading and Bible study within easy reach than those of us living today. … Continue reading

August 28, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Small Group Challenges: They Won’t Talk!

In this series on challenges that small groups face, we are discussing common issues that can stymie a group or, when addressed, can move the group on to more effective Bible study. Last Monday we considered how to lead the … Continue reading

August 7, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Helping Parents in Your Small Group

If you lead a small group of adults some of them are likely parents. Parenting is the hardest job in America if you ask me. Supporting parents through your small group and in your church might not be job #1, … Continue reading

July 24, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Supporting Youth Camp and Mission Trips

I loved going to youth camp as a teen. Youth mission trips were not in vogue but a few groups were doing youth choir tours. I learned so much and now know how much I grew through those experiences. But, … Continue reading

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