From the Editor: Being Ready to Help the Poor


This post originally appeared on on October 14, 2014 What thoughts come to mind when you see a person begging on a street? “Get a job”? “I can’t give him money because he’ll only buy alcohol”? “The Bible says if a man does not work, he should not eat”? All of these are common […]

Leader Tuesday: 3 Ways to Bring Diversity into Your Group


Yesterday’s post on noted that even though great progress has been made toward celebrating racial unity and diversity in our culture, churches still tend to be homogeneous communities. How do we pursue unity within diversity? And how can we celebrate diversity while maintaining unity? Click here to read 3 ideas for promoting diversity from […]

From the Editor: Ready to Stand Against Injustice


Originally posted on October 7, 2014 on There is something about the activity of the Holy Spirit in the child of God that causes us to hate injustice. We know when things are not as they should be, when there is an affront to the righteousness of God. We know the poor should be […]

Are You Keeping Your Group from Healthy Discussion?


By Sam O’Neal Have you ever thought about the dynamics and flow of conversations between two individuals? I haven’t, either. There’s really not much variation that can occur when two people are talking. Person A says something, then Person B says something, then Person A says something else—and so on until the conversation ends. But […]

Small Group Monday: Mark Howell on Recruiting a Small Group Coach


In a recent blog post, small group specialist Mark Howell  shared his “secret” formula for recruiting small group leaders and facilitators. He offers five steps for how to bring your prospective leader to a “yes.” In the post, he also provides a link to a simple job description you can give your leaders. Read full […]

Promotional Videos for “Ready: Ministering Life to Those in Crisis” Study

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Here are two videos you can use to promote the Bible Studies for Life study, “Ready” by Chip Ingram. Invitation from Author Chip Ingram If you don’t see the video below, click here to watch on You Tube. Promotional Video If you don’t see the video below, click here to watch on You Tube.

Are Small Groups Asking the Wrong Question?

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    This is part 14 of a series of posts from David Francis’ Transformational Class: Transformational Church Goes to Sunday School . Click here for a free download of the book, as well as training materials to help you present the material to your leaders. Transformational Church Goes to Sunday School Missionary Mentality, Part One Missionary Mentality, […]

From the Editor: God Will Protect You


Originally posted on on January 6, 2015 For most parents, there is nothing more important than making sure our children are safe. Bike helmets, elbow and kneepads for sports, baby strollers that look like moon buggies, safety gates, and car seats with 5-point harnesses. We do everything we can to ensure our kids are […]

Leader Tuesday: Ready When Application Hurts


Many Bible Studies For Life users are about to begin a series that, if you’ve looked ahead to the titles, is frankly pretty scary. It’s called, Ready: Ministering to Those In Crisis, by Chip Ingram. The first three are (relatively) non-threatening: Ready When Injustice Prevails Ready to Help the Poor Ready When Sickness Comes to Stay […]

Small Group Monday: Great Small Group Studies for 2015

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This week on, Brian Daniel highlights five quality small group studies to  get your group pointed in the right direction. There are many answers to the question, “Which study is right for my group?” A specific book of the Bible? A topical study? Brian says, ” Most importantly, of course, is to be strategic in making […]