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

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

May 11, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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8 Tips for Leading Student Small Groups

Over the past few weeks I have been posting ideas about working with students at church. Today, let’s focus a bit more on students or teens in small groups.   As you learned in earlier posts, this generation of teens … 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 24, 2016
by Walter Norvell
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16 Ideas for Leading Students in Small Groups

Small groups are not just for adults. Students can participate in small groups with minor adjustments for their ages. Small groups for students can become transformative in their lives as caring adults guide them in Bible study. Here are some … Continue reading