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Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Small Group Resources |

New Bible Study Format!

New Bible Study Format!

A few weeks ago, we introduced our brand-new Bible study format called Bible Study Basics. These studies, designed especially for discussion-based small groups, will walk you through an entire book of the Bible. Included you’ll find tons of questions to choose from to dig into the Word, engaging icebreaker questions and activities, and a menu of possible application steps. Plus, we’ve included several insightful articles that will help you make the most of this new format. While we only have two at the moment–Ephesians and James–they’re quickly becoming some of the most popular studies this year. Learn all about this new format in the quick video below. Then let us know: What books of the Bible would you like us to cover in our next Bible Study...

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Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Blog, Kingdom, Small Group Resources |

Why Should Small Groups Be On Mission?

Why Should Small Groups Be On Mission?

Chances are, you’ve heard cool stories of how Christians are living missional lives, making a big impact in their communities. Missional living allows us to live out the call God has given us and be ambassadors to a broken, hurting world. It’s not about doing service projects. It’s about living incarnational lives that show Jesus to everyone we come in contact with. But living incarnationally can be challenging if you don’t have support, so Carter Moss–small-group champion for Community Christian Church in Chicagoland and SmallGroups.com advisor–shares why he believes small groups are the perfect place to support missional living. Group members can learn about, try it out, and grow in incarnational living together. Watch this quick video from Moss to find out more. For more on missional small groups, see our Training Tool Missional Small Groups, which includes an article from Carter...

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Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Blog, Kingdom, Small Group Resources |

Top 5 Bible Studies of 2013

Top 5 Bible Studies of 2013

If you come to SmallGroups.com for our amazing training resources, you might not know that we also offer nearly 300 Bible studies on a number of topics and books of the Bible. Today we’re taking a look at the top five studies so far this year. Whether you like studies on books of the Bible, popular topics, or even based around videos, we’ve got a Bible study for you. Click on the titles below to check them out. #5 Use Your Spiritual Gifts (5 session study) Spiritual gifts provide clues to God’s intention for how we should live out our days and affirm the uniqueness of our calling as human instruments of his grace. By Alexandra Clair Stancil, with JoHannah Reardon Discover your gifts and your calling in this popular study. Learn why understanding how God made us is the first step in living the life God specifically intends for us. #4 1 John: Go Deeper in Christ (8 session study) Life with Christ shouldn’t be shallow. By Bryan...

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Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Blog, Life |

The Lab or the Factory | Another Great Metaphor

The Lab or the Factory | Another Great Metaphor

As I mentioned in a previous post, I love good metaphors.  Particularly when it comes to thinking, planning, communicating, and innovating, a good metaphor has the ability to bring clarity, reorient your thinking, or simply nudge you to approach an obstacle or opportunity (or even an operating assumption) from a new perspective.  Need to generate new ideas?  Find a useful metaphor.  Need to communicate a concept more clearly?  Employ a good metaphor.  Want to evaluate your current way of doing things?  Bring in the metaphor! You get the idea. I came across another good metaphor a couple of week ago in a post by Seth Godin: The Lab or the Factory.  This metaphor creates opportunity for individuals and organizations to analyze operational priorities or evaluate their innovation climates, among other things.  Godin frames it this way: To work in the lab is to embrace the idea that what you’re working on might not work. Not to merely tolerate this feeling, but to seek it out. The factory, on the...

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