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

June 27, 2016
by Walter Norvell
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I’ve Got More Questions

In our last post, Great Questions for Almost Any Bible Study, I listed twenty questions you can use in almost any Bible study. Then I gave some suggestions for ways to use those questions. But, as the week has moved … Continue reading

June 23, 2016
by Walter Norvell
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Great Questions for Almost Any Bible Study

My biggest struggle for many years in leading small group Bible studies was determining good discussion questions. I started teaching and did little discussion. As I realized how helpful discussion is to learning God’s Word, I hoped that discussion questions … Continue reading

May 26, 2016
by Walter Norvell
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Lead a Discussion

“I don’t do much with discussion in my Bible study class because they just won’t talk. So I present a lecture and hope they understand it.” Have you heard that before? Honestly, I have said it many times myself. And … Continue reading

May 23, 2016
by Walter Norvell
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Prepare to Lead Discussion

  Our recent posts have dealt with creating a small group experience in a traditional Sunday School. Many traditional Sunday School classes are centered around a lecture. Other traditional Sunday School classes have little structure for exploring and applying God’s … Continue reading

August 13, 2015
by Walter Norvell
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Five Awesome Tools for Discussion

Discussion is our typical “go-to” in small group Bible study. How can we lift it up from dull to engaging? As I stated in a previous post, the worst teaching method you can use is the one you use all … Continue reading

August 10, 2015
by Walter Norvell
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Using Discussion in Small Group Bible Study

The most common teaching activity in small groups is discussion. But what sets discussion apart from lecture or teaching with questions? There is a difference. This chart may help you see the difference. Lecture is one-way communication but the best … Continue reading

April 30, 2015
by Walter Norvell
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Teaching: What Do You Do With a Wrong Answer?

You ask a question, wait a few moments and one of your growing small group members speaks up to answer, but it is a wrong answer. You wilt inside. You want to respond correctly but you don’t want wrong information … Continue reading

April 27, 2015
by Walter Norvell
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Teaching: Leading Discussion in Small Groups – Part 4

Discussion is the most common teaching-learning method in small groups. As a tool, it allows for the transfer of information from leader to learner but it also powerfully allows learners to process and appropriate the learning as they talk to … Continue reading