When I was a Student Ministries pastor in Northern California, I began a small groups program & the material I used was the Life Together small group curriculum. Experiencing Christ Together is the follow-up curriculum with is 6 small group series (36 total sessions) starting with the life of Christ & then going through the 5 purposes from Purpose Driven Youth Ministry.
When I used them, I was the coach for the small group leaders as well as a leader myself. The beautiful thing was that three of my small group leaders had never led a small group (or anything else for that matter!). The ease of use for this curriculum is phenomenal. It is ready to go out of the box. No prep time is needed (but is always advised), & leaders work more as facilitators than teachers.
The material is soundly biblical & drives the group to look at Scripture & to interact with the passages & with one another. It is very intentional on developing time for each of the five purposes through each session, so there is time set aside for connecting, time devoted to specific growth & discipleship, time for serving, etc.
Each book also has a leader’s guide & helps in the back.. Included is everything from the Scripture verse written down to a spiritual health assessment to daily Bible readings from selected Scripture to a section on how to make sure your group does not become a clique.
In addition the kit includes 3 DVD’s. These DVD’s cover each of the 6 different series & have video segments to show the students for each session. Each Bible teaching from a veteran youth ministry leader runs only about 3-4 minutes & there are around 4-5 for each session. These can be helpful to break up each meeting & add variety, or can be used by the leaders ahead of time to help inspire conversation points.
This is a fantastic resource that would be very helpful in every student ministry small groups program.
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