Are We Damaging Sunday School by Enlisting Warm Bodies?

The other day, my teenaged son asked me about a DVD he and his girlfriend wanted to rent. The title: Warm Bodies: A Zombie Love Story. Apparently, movies about romances between vampires and humans have run their course, and now we are moving on to romances between the living and the undead. Ah, Hollywood. Or is it, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

3 Reasons Why Bigger Bible Study Groups May Not Be Better

Originally posted on on October 22, 2014 As I recently led a workshop for a group of pastors and Bible study group leaders, the topic of optimal group size came up. One pastor asked, “What is the best size for a group?” My answer was “It depends.” It depends on a few factors, but […]

It’s Never Really Over: How to connect between group sessions

By Mike Hurt The difference between a small group and a Bible study is what happens after the group meeting ends. As a leader, your responsibilities don’t end when the group meeting is over. What’s left to do? Lead your group to build close relationships with one another. This is done best by doing what […]

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 […]