July 17, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Youth Small Group Leaders Belong on the Team

Sometimes you might feel as if you are a Lone Ranger as you lead your small group for youth. But the truth is, as a small group leader of teens, you are part of a far bigger team. You are … 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

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

May 8, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Where Do Pastors Come From?

You probably never considered the question. Since I teach ministerial students I have asked the question. Often. I had the hunch pastors come out of youth ministries. Well, someone has proven my hunch true. This past week, the Barna research … Continue reading

April 27, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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34 Ideas to Help Teens Serve

As we have already discussed in previous posts, today’s teens, known as Generation Z, desire three things: information, stimulation, and connection. Small student/youth Bible study groups can accomplish all three things. During group time, students can learn the concepts and … 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

March 21, 2016
by Walter Norvell
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How Gen Z’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Can Build Small Groups

Generation Z are already known for their financial concern. They lived through the economic downturns in 2008-2009 and our recession. They are aware of money. They are eager to work, on their own terms, but still eager. They will be … 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