Small Group Study Resources
This week's message-based study
We believe these small group studies, listed by category, will encourage your Small Group to grow your relationship with the Person of Christ –God– and the Body of Christ –the church.
Some of the resources below are intended to be processed as a group and some may benefit from supporting literature. Please feel free to reach out to your Leader, Coach, or Area Pastor as you connect intentionally!
Grace is the foundation for the Christian faith (Romans 5:1-2) and the Christian life (1 Peter 4:7-11). It distinguishes the Christian faith among all religions and a understanding of grace is an essential first step in our relationship with God!
The participant workbook is primarily a stand-alone summary focused on application rather than a supplement to the primary book.Discipleship Essentials, Greg Ogden
Greg Ogden has given the church an excellent resource in identifying foundational principles to a Growing relationship with Christ. Originally designed for groups of 3-4 to but can easily be adjusted to most small group sizes.Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster
This short book has been“…hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality…” (Amazon.com) and continues to challenge readers of all maturity levels. The leader’s guide can be helpful but is not necessary.
A modern martyr, Bonhoeffer’s challenge is powerful but perhaps not what one would expect from someone hunted by Nazi Germany for his faith. He encourages the church to connect intentionally as few ever have.
Many small groups undergo a tragic transition from a life-giving community to a life-draining obligation. Brad House teaches what God designed community to be, and then points out stumbling blocks to the modern church in achieving that vision. The Companion resource helps structure the discussion and provides self-assessment tools for the group.You Can Change, Tim Chester
The foundation of the Christian message is that we have problems that we can’t solve. We are saved from condemnation through faith (Eph 2:8-9), but practically speaking, how do I stop what needs to stop and start what needs to start? Tim Chester tackles one of the most difficult questions and brings tired Christians back to a place of grace and truth.
Our world is changing and while the church’s message will never change, our methods and our mindset must be focused on loving people where they are if we will effectively share our faith in a way it can be understood (1 Corinthians 9:19-23). These authors challenge conventional ways of thinking about “church” and in the process free the church to love neighbors in a more meaningful way.Just Walk Across the Room, Bill Hybels
When it comes to sharing our faith there’s a (healthy) fear of coming off as pushy or even manipulative. This resource offers practical steps to share what’s most important in a genuinely loving way— all while following the Holy Spirit’s guidance to speak (or even to be silent!).
MARRIAGE AND PARENTING
Unspoken Expectations are often times not only unspoken but unknown! This 4-week study helps married Small Group Members grow closer to each other and closer to God.Confident Parenting, Doug Fields & Jim Burns
This 4-week study offers timely, practical methods for parents to lead their families with a healthy confidence towards a healthier family. This study has been immensely popular and is based on very deep roots of experience & research.