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10 Quick-Prep Activities for Super-Small Groups

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

Can you have fun and learn about God with just a couple of people? Whether you’re a big church youth group leader looking to make things smaller and more personal through small groups, or it just happens that on Wednesday only 2-3 youth showed up, or your entire youth group qualifies as a single “small group” at best, everyone can ...

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“Women should be silent.” WHAT?!?

It was bad luck for the Baptist denomination that I happened to join my high school friend for Sunday School on the day they were studying the part of Ephesians that mentions women should be submissive to their husbands.  This was my first impression of what a Baptist church was about, and that word “submissive” did not sit well with ...

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New Game Idea: Paparazzi!

Paparazzi Supplies Needed: Cameras for each person (cellphone cameras, for example) Guidelines: Stars can’t cover face, face the wall, and must be standing and moving at all times. You may use team members as barriers, but no one can touch anyone else (even teammates). No exchanging cameras. How to Play: Divide your group into two teams. Each team designates 3 ...

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Talk about Hell…A Discussion Guide

Is Hell real?  What is Hell like?  What really happens when we die?  How do I know if I’ll go to Heaven?  Is Hell like or unlike a junior high lock-in? When your youth want to learn about Hell, prepare yourself.  Let’s face it, on some issues, take gambling or the death penalty as examples, the United Methodist Church is ...

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We planned your fall for free

It’s that time of year.  Time to release your fall calendar, but you have let the planning slip away.  No worry, I’ve done it for you.  And the best part is that everything is free!  The basic schedule involves a lesson for Sunday morning or evening with a small group discussion-based curriculum on Wednesday nights.  Don’t worry.  I made sure ...

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Talk Tips: What to do?

This is one in an ongoing series of posts to help you hone your skills as a speaker either in an up-front setting or a small group. Sometimes lessons can have a great point, an excellent concept, but be meaningless as far as being able to be lived out in the lives of the students.  That is because in the ...

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“Pudding” It Into Practice

FELLOWSHIP FEAST NIGHT Here’s an easy and fun activity to illustrate Biblical community or to train your leadership that works with any age or size of group. What You’ll Need: Large round table Table Decorations (optional) Enough chairs for all participants Enough Dessert and Drink for all participants Cups, Plates, and Napkins Towels for cleanup Foot long pieces of rope, ...

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Study the Bible in Three Questions

Studying the Bible can be intimidating. Not only is it by far the largest book most people pick up, but it was originally communicated to people who lived between 2,000 and 7,000 years ago (give or take a grand). Though I love to use outside resources, devotions, and study guides, it’s nice to have a simple tool to help you ...

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Light Speed, God and non-relativity

I believe that God created the universe (and maybe many universes). I also believe that the Bible makes it clear that as we discover the intricacies of that creation, we are discovering the underlying reality of who God is and what he is doing in the world. That is why I LOVE science. Science is full of beautiful, spiritual mystery, ...

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I want more texting during my lesson!

Students are going to text while you speak no matter what you say or how many texting spies you place in the audience. Why not use this evil distraction for good? That’s where Poll Everywhere comes in. It’s a really simple process. You don’t even have to sign up to try it out. You put together a poll of some ...

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