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 6, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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The Discipline of Bible Study

On Thursdays, we have been examining Christian disciplines, those practices that help us be available to God and grow in his grace. The disciplines are not the transformative power in our lives; Jesus is. But disciplines help us open up … 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 29, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Meditation Is Like Gem Hunting

On Thursdays, we are thinking about the Christian disciplines. You can look below to read previous Thursday posts. Today we turn our attention to a much-maligned and difficult discipline, meditation. Meditation is often maligned in our circles because we connect … 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 12, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Using Questions with Teens in Bible Study

Different teaching methods have different purposes. Discussion helps all members of a small group express themselves. Lecture aids the leader in sharing lots of necessary information in a short length of time. Art methods help students be creative. A wise … Continue reading

June 8, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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When Your Prayers Are Boring

Do you get bored with praying? Do you feel like your prayers are repetitive? Does the repetitive feel lead you to think your praying may be useless? I recently had a friend ask me about prayers feeling repetitive. That got … Continue reading

May 29, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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20 Ways to Get to Know Your Students

Teen culture is very fluid; it is changing constantly. It is greatly influenced by every form of media: movies, television, YouTube, games, social media, to name just a few. I work with college students. Sometimes I feel as if I … Continue reading

May 25, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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15 Ideas to Help Students Apply Bible Study to Their Lives

I think the greatest weakness we face in our Bible studies at church is helping learners apply what they learn to their lives. We do not intentionally avoid application. We just don’t focus enough on it. We only get a … Continue reading

May 18, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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5 Ways to Interest Teens in the Bible Study

I guess the teens in your church do what teens I used to teach do. They rush to get to church early. They tell you how eager they are to learn from you. They always have their Bibles. They carry … Continue reading