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 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 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 31, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Getting Ready to Lead Youth Bible Study

For the past several Mondays I have addressed issues in leading small groups in youth ministry. We have talked about youth needs and building relationships with youth. That is all well and good, necessary parts of being a small group … 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 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