Small Group Resource Recommend

Desiring God Ministries (John Piper) have recently released the following trailer (below) to promote their small group ministry resources. I have read all but one of the books related to the respective curriculums and would highly recommend them for a gathering of serious Christians. But here’s my question: What would be the best dvd/book/study guide curriculum for someone who is very new to Christianity or very new to small group ministries? In my limited survey of available resources, there appears to be a gap between ALPHA (not a fan BTW) on the one hand, and these solid, discipleship-focused, resources on the other hand. Maybe I’m creating a false dichotomy here, but it does appear that even the Scriptures distinguish between two types of followers in terms of what, and how, they are instructed (Hebrews 5:11-14).

Any suggestions for me?

Check out the trailer.

3 thoughts on “Small Group Resource Recommend

  1. Bryn, my experience is that most of the best small group study resources, particularly for seekers, come from Willow Creek. Their “Leading Life-Changing Small Groups” by Bill Donahue (Zondervan) was the text I’ve used with my small group for small group leaders, with great success. Resources from Serendipity are also helpful. So are some from NavPress (e.g., “How to Build a Small Groups Ministry”). You might check Gilbert Bilezikian’s “Christianity 101” (Zondervan) as well; Bilezikian taught at Wheaton, and helped Bill Hybels start Willow.

    I’ve got other resources not at hand if you want me to dig.

    I’d be curious to know why you’re not a fan of ALPHA, given its positive impact on many churches.

    Small groups are the way the church of the 21st century will grow and deepen, I think! Praying for your new ministry.

  2. I think the question before the question is; ‘are ‘small groups’ still relevant? And should a carriculum drive the group or should the make up / personality / brokenness & beauty of the people in the group fuel the communities conversation?

    For what it’s worth, i haven’t seen any video series better than Rob Bell’s Nooma series…but not sure Rob Bell is a bad word here or not.

  3. Thanks Jeff, and Trevor, for those comments….It has been a long time since I looked at a Willow Creek curriculum, but I don’t doubt they’ve probably continued to improve them. Hadn’t heard of those others though.

    I have a few of the Nooma DVDs and like them immensely, although I admit I hadn’t quite figured out how to meaningfully use them…are they commonly used within ‘small groups’?

    At the end of the day, I’m eager to get core biblical principles/doctrines taught/delivered in a manner that is interesting and relevant for a small gathering of Christians. Of course, I regard all biblical doctrine to be relevant and interesting, but I’ve seen it delivered in a manner that would put the most serious Christian to sleep!

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