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 26, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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No Teen Is an Island

The first few lines of John Donne’s famous poem, No Man Is an Island, reads as No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. I think the … 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

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 10, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Reaching Today’s Teens for Bible Study

Some of the questions I get in reaction to the blog are about today’s teenagers. I have focused most of this blog on adults for several reasons: adulthood is the largest human development stage, almost all the church’s volunteer corps … Continue reading

February 20, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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How Colleges Bring the Nations to Us

You know the Great Commission: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20 ESV). But, what if the nations are coming to us? They are, through our colleges and universities. In 2015, just two years ago, nearly one million … Continue reading

January 23, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Inviting Your Neighbors to Your Group

Groups grow when members invite their friends and neighbors to attend the group. But, in many neighborhoods, people seldom even know their neighbors. Just this past week, a student lamented that she and her husband don’t know anyone in their … Continue reading

December 12, 2016
by Walter Norvell
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Love Your Learners More Than the Lesson

One of my excellent students, Brandon Brigance, presented a great paper on the pastor’s role in leading change in a church. He quoted from Thom Rainer’s book, Who Moved My Pulpit. Rainer discusses in his book the need for change … Continue reading