Small Group Leaders’ Page

This Small Group Leader’s Page has resources for all who are or are thinking of becoming leaders of a small group.

Would you like space to reflect on your leadership of small groups?
Do you have good practice to share?
Would you like to meet others for support and new ideas?

We are offering some online sessions suitable for small group leaders. If you lead a bible study, prayer group, Lent group, fellowship group, home group, cell group or anything similar for your church, then this could be the group for you.

Small Group Leaders’ Online Sessions

These monthly online sessions will offer some suggestions for good practice as well as providing opportunities to share ideas and support each other. Each session is stand alone and not dependent on attending the other sessions. Upcoming topics are:

We will meet in a Zoom session for no more than 1.5 hours. Help with Zoom is available beforehand. The sessions will include input on the topic, followed by small group sharing of issues, ideas and good practice. We will record the sessions as resources that you and others can come back to visit.

To book for a Session or express an interest in future sessions, click here to complete our Expression of Interest Form.

Resources from previous sessions can be found under Leading Small Groups below.

Resources

In this section we will share resources and ideas that come out of our sessions. Please expand the links below. Do recommend links you have found helpful.

Diocesan Resources

Diocesan resources

Our website has several resources for small groups. You may like to explore the following:

Leading Small Groups

Leading Small Groups

The following resources may help you with issues in leading small groups:

Adapting materials:

  • SGL1 Choosing Group Materials a foldable leaflet on how to choose and adapt materials for your group. How can you adapt questions so that will help adults grow spiritually?
  • SGL1 Study Question Reflections a badly written sample bible study and some suggestions on how to adapt and improve it for your group.

Group Dynamics:

Leading a Group

More coming soon. Please share any resources you have found helpful

Resources for Bible Study

Resources for Bible Study Groups

Recommended materials. Churches in the Diocese recommend the following resources, there are different flavours to suit everyone:

  • Alpha Course an evangelical charismatic basics course for those with out faith or unsure of the basics. Leaders must follow the set course, but Alpha make available leadership training.
  • Bible Course – 8 sessions to help people become more familiar with the contents of the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation from the Bible Society or try their Just Lyfe Series of free studies. Julia from South Quantocks says The Bible Course was excellent. Elspeth from Butleigh says “We started The Bible Course before lcokdown and found it brilliant” and Rachel from Bath “It was very enjoyable and thought-provoking”.
  • Cover to Cover from CWR
  • Emmaus: The Way of Faith. A course designed to welcome people into the Christian faith and the life of the Church, with short courses that build discipleship thereafter.
  • Equip – the Scottish Bible Society,
  • Explore Together, Scripture Union
  • For Everyone Bible Studies by Tom Wright
  • Gold Project bible study courses available at different levels. Again, the Gold Project trains leaders to use the material.
  • Good Book Guides Evangelical introductions to most of the boooks of the Bible: Jennifer from Polden Wheel says: “The studies are about the right length and have good questions”
  • Holy Habits from Bible reading Fellowship
  • Lifebuilder Courses from Scriture Union and IVP. Suzie from Street says “I have found the SU Lifebuilder courses very useful especially if you are busy”
  • London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC) provides short study courses specifically designed at helping church goers be Christian in their work place.
  • Nooma discussion videos by John Bell. Trailers are available from Nooma on You Tube. Pauline and Martin from Trendlewood Nailsea say “We like Rob Bell videos for our group”.
  • Pilgrim Courses have been created by the Church of England and provide a basics and further growth set of courses. Pilgrim provides all the resources and no additional training is needed. There are 8 6 week courses available. Emma from Milverton notes “these have worked well in various contexts”.
  • ReSource  supports charismatic renewal in smaller churches. It has a 6 week course on the Holy Spirit
  • Roots provides excellent bible study and worship material for All Ages. Allows Sunday services, Home Groups and children’s work to be intergrated.
  • York Courses provide short courses of 4 – 6 weeks on a range of biblical, doctrinal and contemporary topics. They are suitable for Lent groups as well as more permanent  study groups. Penny from Wincanton says “we tend to use York courses – not expensive and generally more material than needed so you can choose.”
  • DiscipleKit lists a wide range of study material from many sources and for many different age groups and faith levels. There are reviews to help you assess what is useful. Endorsed by our Bishop.
  • Christian Booksellers often have pages on small group study options e.g. Eden Books, Goodbook Company.
  • 24/7 Prayer Course on The Lord’s Prayer
  • Books that make good studies:
  • See also resources for Lent/Advent and Short Term courses below

Please let us know of any resources you recommend

Resources for Lent/ Advent and Short Term Groups

Resources for Lent/ Advent and Short Term Groups

Lent, Advent and similar courses are for a limited time often 6-8 weeks after which the group often disperses, although it may decide to transform into an ongoing group. The following are suitable materials for these:

  • The Bible Course – 8 sessions to help people become more familiar with the contents of the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation
  • London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC) provides short study course specifically designed at helping church goers be Christian in their work place.
  • Movie based Lent Courses from Darton Longman and Todd e.g. Les Mis, I Daniel Blake, Chocolat etc. Jane from Hutton: “The study on Les Miserables was very succesful.”
  • York Courses provide short courses of 4 – 6 weeks on a range of biblical, doctrinal and contemporary topics. They are suitable for Lent groups as well as more permanent  study groups.
  • 24/7 Prayer Course on The Lord’s Prayer
  • Everyday Faith Everywhere. A Diocesan Resource arising from the 2020 Archdeaconry Days can be adapted for Group discussion. There are Guidelines for using Everday Faith Everywhere with groups.
  • The Bible Study Group Resources above may also be adaptable for a short  course.
Resources for Prayer Groups

Resources for Prayer Groups

Prayer groups keep the church alive, but they can get stuck in a rut. Intercessory Prayer is vital, but the group can also pray in a variety of different ways:

Enquirers Group resources

Enquirers Group Resources

These are materials for those who are interested but not fully committed to Christianity:

  • Alpha Course an evangelical charismatic basics course for those with out faith or unsure of the basics. Leaders must follow the set course, but Alpha make available leadership training.
  • Christianity Explored offers 3 courses from an evangelical perspective for introducing people to the faith – either one- one or in small groups.
  • Emmaus: The Way of Faith. A course designed to welcome people into the Christian faith and the life of the Church, with short courses that build discipleship thereafter.
  • Pilgrim Courses have been created by the Church of England and provide a basics and further growth set of courses. Pilgrim provides
  • Simply Christianity a 5 week course on Luke by evangelist John Dickson. Elspeth from Butleigh says “For beginners this was very good”.
Small Groups Online

Small Groups Online

Running a Small Group online is, once you have conquered the technology, very similar to meeting in a room together. The same guidance for group dynamics and suitable questions apply. Online has some advantages (e.g. its easier to use videos and images) but also some quirks (contributions need to be managed so people don’t speak over each other). The following resources may help

All Age Small Groups

All Age Small Groups

Running All Age or Inter-generational groups is church as its meant to be – the whole Body of Christ, but it requires mixing small group skills for adults with skills for children’s work. Often the children predominate so its good to keep the needs of adults in mind. The following resources may help:

Sharing Faith

Sharing Faith

Courses to help your group talk about their faith more easily:

  • Faith Pictures from Church Army. Jane from Hutton “gives a lot that can be put into practice”
  • Talking Jesus from the Church of England as part of an ecumenical group.

NB: Photo is taken from Flicker we would love to have some photos of Diocesan small groups meeting. Do send us any you have, after gaining permission from your members.

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