What We Talk About When We Talk About “How It Went”


There are three things that consistently help me lead my group, and they all happen well before the group ever meets: Preparation, prayer, and coffee (extra hot). I’ll assume the importance of preparation and prayer is obvious, but about that cup of coffee … I meet every week with a couple of other group leaders […]

Help! What do I do If I Don’t Have All the Answers?


  As teachers and ministers we’re supposed to have the answers, right? While that’s certainly an ambitious goal to have, it’s not true to life. Furthermore, the problem with the “only ask questions with straight-forward answers” mentality of leadership is that it holds little water for young adults. They know better than to assume life […]

Hook, Book, Look, and Took: “If it Ain’t Broke…”


I’m pretty sure the first time I ever heard “Hook, Book, Look, and Took” as an organizing principle for Bible teaching was in high school. We were all kids in the youth group, and we were preparing to take over leadership responsibilities for Youth Sunday. Our youth minister gathered those of us who were going […]

Introducing “Overcome” Study to Your Small Group


  By Jeffrey Holder, Content Editor, Bible Studies for Life: Senior Adults We begin a new unit of study next week based on the life of Joseph. If ever there was an overcomer, it was Joseph. Hated by his older brothers enough that most of them wanted to kill him. Sold into slavery. Falsely accused of […]

“Teaching isn’t telling…learning isn’t listening”

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By Ken Braddy One of my favorite heroes in the area of Bible study and teaching was Dr. Howard Hendricks. Although I never sat in oneof his classes, I read his books and participated in video training in which he presented ways to be a more effective group leader. Dr. Hendricks once said, “Teaching isn’t […]

iLead with my iPad


  I am not one of those guys who camps out all night waiting to buy the latest and greatest tech toy. In fact, 20 years ago I returned some software I had purchased because it required something called a mouse. “Why would I ever want to take my hands off the keyboard??” I did eventually […]

Spiritual Maturity: A Tale of Two Vertebrates


Recently, I was leading a large group of adults in a study of 1 Corinthians 3, in which Paul bemoans the lack of spiritual maturity in the church. So I asked the group three questions: What are the marks of spiritual maturity? How long does it take?  Do you consider yourself spiritually mature? I wrote […]

Leader Tips Tuesday: Staying Connected


By Jeffrey Holder Content Editor, Bible Studies for Life: Senior Adults Have you ever lost a connection with someone? It may be that you simply parted ways years ago after college or following service in the military or your family just moved to a different town. You may have thought I wonder whatever happened to […]

For the Leader: Can I Really Be Holy?


By Jeffrey Holder,  Content Editor, Bible Studies for Life: Senior Adults As we began our latest session in Bible Studies for Life, we were asked to consider this question: What are some things the average person considers holy or sacred? I imagine a lot of people would not put Christians on their lists. Of course, […]

Why Silence Is Your Unexpected Friend


By Sam O’Neal Here’s a scenario most group leaders have experienced: you come across a great question in your study material. It’s a real doozy of a discussion starter—deep, poignant, and winsomely phrased. You simply can’t wait to unleash this momentous query the next time your group gets together. When you actually ask the question, […]