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

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 12, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Using Questions with Teens in Bible Study

Different teaching methods have different purposes. Discussion helps all members of a small group express themselves. Lecture aids the leader in sharing lots of necessary information in a short length of time. Art methods help students be creative. A wise … 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 15, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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7 Steps in Leading a Student Small Group

For some reason unknown to me, lots of people are fearful of leading small groups of teens. What I have found is that if you love on kids, they will eagerly participate. This generation of teens really enjoys time with … 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

October 27, 2016
by Walter Norvell
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Help Parents Make Disciples of Their Children

For far too long, many church families have left the disciple-making work with children and youth entirely to the church. But just consider how unreasonable that is. When a children’s minister or student/youth minister has a child/teen for maybe two … Continue reading