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

August 21, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Small Group Challenges: One Person Dominates the Discussion

We have all had someone who dominates the discussion in small group. This person is seldom malicious with it. He or she simply knows the answers or likes to talk or enjoys sharing his or her opinion or gets nervous … Continue reading

August 14, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Small Group Challenges: Not Enough Room

For the next several Mondays let’s examine some of the challenges that small groups may face. Our first challenge is the problem of no room. Your group has outgrown the place where you meet. What do you do? First of … 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

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

March 30, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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15 Ideas for Food in Your Small Group

I cannot think of any resource that helps small groups develop community as much as food. While our general culture may put too much emphasis on food, often our church’s small group culture ignores it. Instead, let’s find ways to … Continue reading

February 23, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Be a Talent Scout

Have you noticed that your church, like most churches, is looking for help with all sorts of ministries and tasks all the time? There never seems to be enough workers to accomplish the church’s work. Most of those workers will … Continue reading

February 16, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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How to Pray for a Campus

February 23 is the National Collegiate Day of Prayer. I encourage everyone to go to the CDOP website and commit to pray for a college or university. You can “adopt” a campus and register your decision on the site. I … Continue reading

February 6, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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How Long Should a Small Group Last?

What is the best length of time for a small group to stay together? That’s a hard question to answer. You need to consider several other ideas: What is the purpose of our group? Who are we trying to reach? … Continue reading