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 19, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Question Techniques for Student Bible Study

We have been using the Monday posts to think about today’s teens, Generation Z. While many teaching methods are appropriate for teens in small group Bible study, asking good questions may be the most helpful method you can use in … 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

March 17, 2016
by Walter Norvell
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Small Groups for Gen Z: What is Gen Z Like?

America is often described as a melting pot of ethnicities. At other times, America is thought of as a quilt, patched together. We honor and we champion diversity. But no generation so far has been as diverse as Generation Z, … Continue reading

March 14, 2016
by Walter Norvell
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Small Groups for Gen Z

I have worked with youth and students for over 40 years. Nothing has challenged me or excited me like student work. After more than a year of talking about small groups, primarily with adults, now let’s look at the use … Continue reading