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Faith Formation: Small Groups

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Curricula & Websites

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

The Present Word adult Bible study curriculum is based on the reading and study plan of the Uniform Series, which is a way to study the Bible over a six-year period. Each quarter works its way through different books of the Bible and focuses on a different theme. You can view the theme for this quarter on the scope and sequence.

Small Group Guides

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

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.

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.

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. 

offers affordable online courses for:

  • Adult Formation
  • Sacramental Preparation
  • Building Effective Leaders

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

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

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.

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     One Leader Guide: A Small Group Journey Toward Life-Changing Community     Pub Theology     Vital: Churches Changing Communities and the World: Acevedo, Mr Jorge:  9781426767555: Books - Amazon