Saturday, April 25, 2015

Growing Up Christian -- Small Group Discussions & Study Guide

I have created a study guide for small group discussions. If you would like a free copy, email me through growingupchristian.com, and I will send it to you.

Here is a section from the study guide:


SUGGESTIONS FOR LEADERS
As you lead your small group discussions

Encouragement
First let me encourage you as you seek to reach the hearts and minds of the teens in your youth group or discussion group. I pray that God gives you wisdom and creativity for the task. And I pray that God will use you to help each teen develop a faith an a walk of their own.
  
Get Them Reading
Teens are busy with school, extracurriculars, and work. Be creative in getting them to read the book before you discuss it. You may even want to take 10 to 15 minutes and have them spread out and read the chapter. This is a simple way to make sure they read it, and it will be fresh on their minds as you transition to discussion.
  
Get Them Talking
Prayerfully consider ways to get your teens talking. That is, get them talking and resist lots of talking by adults to them. Ask good questions that require more than “yes” or “no” answers. Follow up initial answers with, “why do you think that?” or “can anyone add to that?” or “what do the rest of you think of that?”

Get Them in the Word
Help your teens see the connection between the Bible and their lives today. Have them bring their Bibles to each meeting, have them read it aloud, and have them make connections to their lives today.

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