Small Group Study Resources

Suggested Studies

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!

You can also find 1,000s of study resources tailored for adult Christian discussion on Right Now Media.

Additional resources – Small Group Leader Resources

LOVE

lifeTogetherLife Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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.

The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning

Manning writes with care, insight and intensity about learning to trust and show the radical grace of God.

Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love, Edward Welch

Side by Side provides practical guidance for all Christians who want to develop their “helping” skills alongside people who are hurting.

ENCOURAGE TO GROW

the-grace-awakeningGrace Awakening, Charles Swindoll 

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!

disEssExpDiscipleship 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.

The participant workbook is primarily a stand-alone summary focused on application rather than a supplement to the primary book.

codCelebration of Discipline, Richard Foster

This short book has been “hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality.” It continues to challenge readers of all maturity levels. The leader’s guide can be helpful, but isn’t necessary.

Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby

Experiencing God is a 13-week study that will help you awaken to a radically God-centered way of life. Using historical and contemporary illustrations, participants will understand and apply seven different realities of experiencing God.

This is a wonderful book that will teach you how to know (and do!) the will of God. 

Prayer, Tim Keller

In Prayer, Keller offers general guidance about prayer, as well as specific prayers for certain situations, such as dealing with grief, loss, love, and forgiveness. He discusses ways to make prayers more personal and powerful, and how to establish a practice of prayer that works for each reader.

Experience awe and intimacy with God.

Community: Taking Your Small Group Off Life Support, Brad House

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.

REACH

EveryDayChurchEveryday Church, Tim Chester and Steve Timmis

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.

JustWalkJust 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!).

The 4-week video teaching can be quite helpful for groups with little experience in evangelism and should be supplemented by the participant guide.

The Master Plan of Evangelism, Robert Coleman

For more than forty years, this classic study has shown Christians how to minister to the people God brings into their lives. Instead of drawing on the latest popular fad or the newest selling technique, Dr. Coleman looks to the Bible to find the answer to the question: What was Christ’s strategy for evangelism?

Learn how to make disciples the way Jesus did.

The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door, Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon

The Art of Neighboring shoes you how seeing your neighbors differently can change entire communities.

MARRIAGE AND PARENTING

iMarriage, Andy Stanley | Companion DVD (needed)

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.

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