Starting With the Right DNA

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  By Bruce Raley and David Francis This is Part 8 of a series of blog posts excerpted from Extreme Sunday School Challenge by Bruce Raley and David Francis.  Part 1: The Strategic Purpose of Your Small Group: 4 Key Components Part 2: 4 Potential Outcomes for a Healthy Group Part 3: 2 Essentials for a New Group to [...]

From the Editor: Our God is Faithful

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Our prayer, as many of you conclude the six session study Beyond Belief: Exploring the Character of God this week, is that you have discovered or been reminded of the amazing, rich character of the God we serve. He is holy, loving, just, forgiving, and wise. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to attempt to [...]

Should I Divide My Bible Study Groups by Demographics?

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“Start a new group.” “Groups matter.” “Form groups of no more than four people, and discuss the following questions…” Those of us who develop small group Bible studies are constantly encouraging you to start new groups in your church. Most of you would agree that starting new groups is vital to the health of your [...]

Small Group Monday: Grade Your Small Group

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Our friends over at Biblestudyinsider.com posted an excellent score card for group leaders to measure the effectiveness of their small group ministry. This would be a wonderful time of year to take a step back and evaluate how your group is doing. Click here to access the score card. 

Why Enrollment Matters

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  By Bruce Raley and David Francis This is Part 7 of a series of blog posts excerpted from Extreme Sunday School Challenge by Bruce Raley and David Francis.  Part 1: The Strategic Purpose of Your Small Group: 4 Key Components Part 2: 4 Potential Outcomes for a Healthy Group Part 3: 2 Essentials for a New Group to [...]

From the Editor: Seeking the Wisdom of God

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Session 5 of  Beyond Belief: Exploring the Character of God  is called “God is Wise.” Who doesn’t need wisdom in their lives? Every day, over four billion online searches are made. But are we any wiser? Do we know how to wisely use that knowledge? Technology cannot deliver to us what God can. God is [...]

Lessons Learned from Watching My Sunday School Teachers

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By James Jackson For the past year, I’ve been a member of a Sunday School class. It’s the first time in over a decade I’ve been a group member and not a teacher. Most of the time, what prompts me to get back into teaching (other than the desperate, puppy-dog eyes of the Minister of [...]

Small Group Monday: Drawing the Story

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By Brian Daniel The Bible Studies For Life production team convenes to create, craft, and otherwise wrestle with each question that appears in the each Bible study session. Clearly, the question carries a great deal of value for us. We avoid open-ended questions. We work to make them as direct and clear as possible. As [...]

Leader Training in Tough Economic Times

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  By Bruce Raley and David Francis This is Part 6 of a series of blog posts excerpted from Extreme Sunday School Challenge by Bruce Raley and David Francis.  Part 1: The Strategic Purpose of Your Small Group: 4 Key Components Part 2: 4 Potential Outcomes for a Healthy Group Part 3: 2 Essentials for a New Group to [...]

From the Editor: The #1 Obstacle to Spiritual Renewal

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Session 4 of  Beyond Belief: Exploring the Character of God  is called “God is Forgiving.” Of the 6 character traits of God we will study in this series, “forgiveness” may be the one we desire the most in others and often find least in ourselves. As Dr. Floyd, General Editor of Bible Studies for Life notes in [...]