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Faith Formation: Small Groups

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Curricula & Websites

Understanding Christian Nationalism: An invitation to explore the movement shaping American politics

Diana Butler Bass's three-essay exploration of the history, theology, and social movement that has brought us to where we are, today. Read all three. Study with others. Discussion questions are included in this post.

ImageAfter the Altar Call is a free, downloadable resource from the West Virginia Annual Conference of the UMC. It is created with a mentor/mentee relationship at its core, but can be adapted for use with one adult and a small group of confirmands.

Each session includes Scripture reading, Spiritual Practices, learning/activities, and discussion/reflection. A take-home Scripture reading guide and workbook are to be completed between sessions. The 11-week course includes one introductory week then covers the 7 themes of: Creation, Crisis, Covenant, Christ, Church, Calling, and Completion.

All-ages curriculum include:

Learn more here.

Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding is a series of biblically based short-term courses that provide adults with a foundational understanding of the Reformed faith. Each six-session study—written by well-known and respected scholars—features Scripture, prayer, in-depth commentary, and questions for reflection. Lessons include a Participant and Leader's Guide. The main structure is the rubric Head, Heart, and Hands.

     

All Living the Questions curricula are available to stream or download; includes a variety of progressive topics.

Free streaming videos featuring nearly 30 contributors; adaptable for groups online with downloadable Discussion Questions.

In the Works Series

In the Works Series

This five-session series explores how Christians can be part of God’s mission in the world. Each title includes five inspiring daily readings for each week; five easy-to-use discussion guides (with activities, Bible study, and discussion activities); and follow-up action options to apply the study to real-world life.

Sessions include:

  • How Do I Begin? Sharing Your Faith
  • How Do I Make It Right? Doing Justice in a Broken World
  • What Do I Do with My Life? Serving God through Work
  • What Do I Owe? Managing the Gifts God Gives You
  • Where Do I Come in? Joining God's Mission

Manna and Mercy: A Brief History of God's Unfolding Promise to Mend the Entire Universe     Manna and Mercy Leader Sourcebook: A Congregational Guide to a Brief History of God's Unfolding Promise

Augsburg Fortress has created a full intergenerational curriculum based on Daniel Erlander's beloved book Manna and Mercy, a book about God and the continuity of God’s covenant of life, justice, and inclusion to all people and all of creation.

This curriculum includes a leader sourcebook full of lesson plans for all ages, an interactive edition of the book for kids, and four board books for young children, in addition to Erlander's original book.

Feasting on the Word is a lectionary based curriculum that allows all ages to study the same text each week. Preparatory materials equip leaders with the biblical background they need to feel confident with any age group.

Sample Sessions are available for:

The Free Guide offers tips for online use.

How-tos

Leading Adult Bible Study: Cultivating Empowering Experiences

By Jodi Belcher; Nov 09, 2022

How can adult Bible study leaders be mindful of challenges and develop spaces for empowering, life-giving Bible study? In this article, author Jodi Belcher shares teaching techniques that have helped her facilitate small-group Bible studies for adults.

Springtide hosts The Voices of Young People Podcast - listen and learn!

     

UW Milwaukee's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Plus (LGBTQ+) Resource Center shares this excellent primer on pronoun arenas nd usage.

Other Curricula Lists

PCUSA Store - Home | FacebookPC(USA) Store offers their complete list of Book Club Books.

Small Group Guides

Harper Collins offers an enormous searchable library of Small Group Guides for their published works.

Browse Lewis Center for Church Leadership's numerous Adult Small Group Study Guides on a range of topics.

Online Opportunities

offers affordable online courses for:

  • Adult Formation
  • Sacramental Preparation
  • Building Effective Leaders

Filter : Media allows you to enter the URL of a news article and the site will analyze the article’s political bias; useful in teaching. 

Church Anew's blog is a rich resource with frequent updates from diverse thinkers. Greg Carey's, The Bible and Ethics, could be a starting point to reading a post and discussing as a regular prompt for small group discussions.

Everyone is invited to this lively, engaging, Patreon book conversation led by the Many’s Leslie Michele. Patreon membership NOT required; group meets every four to six weeks. Receive book updates and RSVP here.

In Our Library

9780801018244: Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups     Picture of The Class Meeting     Book - Paperback     Connecting to God: Nurturing Spirituality Through Small Groups  -     By: Corinne Ware          Book - Paperback     Lead Small: Five Big Ideas Every Small Group Leader Needs to Know: Reggie  Joiner, Tom Shefchunas: 9780985411626: Books     Living Water: Baptism as a Way of Life by Klara Tammany     Missional Small Groups | Baker Publishing Group     One Journal: A Small Group Journey Toward Life-Changing Community  -     By: Nick Cunningham, Trevor Miller     Practicing Our Faith: A Guide for Conversation Learning Growth     Pub Theology          Vital: Churches Changing Communities and the World: Acevedo, Mr Jorge:  9781426767555: Books - Amazon