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

February 2, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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How Long Should a Bible Study Last?

In recent posts, I have been responding to some of the issues Chris Surratt raises in his excellent book, Small Groups for the Rest of Us. Let’s look at how long a group Bible study session should last. Surratt tells … Continue reading

December 5, 2016
by Walter Norvell
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Teaching for Spiritual Transformation: Engage in Evaluation and Reflection

People know business guru Ken Blanchard for a witty and concise quote: “Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” I think that is true for business and for leading small groups. Evaluating and reflecting on what happens in each small group … Continue reading

November 7, 2016
by Walter Norvell
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Flexibility is Key in Small Groups

Chris Surratt said in Small Groups for the Rest of Us, “The best approach to building a lasting group system is to plan for flexibility.” That sounds good, but in what ways can a small group Bible study ministry be … Continue reading

October 17, 2016
by Walter Norvell
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Everyone Needs Community

We share many common experiences and needs as human beings. We all grow and go through changes throughout our lifetimes. We experience singleness and marriage, welcome children into our families and let grown children leave our homes. We experience losses … Continue reading