Personalities, Prickly People, and Making Peace

Several months back a Facebook friend of mine, Deb Potts, mentioned that she was finishing up her book “Making Peace with Prickly People”. (Affiliate links) The title grabbed my attention. I know a few prickly people. Truth be told, I probably am a prickly person to a couple of people in my life… I jumped at the chance to be on Deb’s launch team. It was not at all what I expected but in a very good way. Deb covers a lot of ground in her … [Read more...]

Tips & Tools for Bible Study and Small Group Facilitators

Has God called you to serve as a Bible study leader or small group facilitator? Would you like some tips on encouraging discussion? Maybe you're looking for some first day ideas? Or perhaps the clock moves faster than it should and you need some help staying on schedule. Whatever your situation, I've got some ideas I'd love to share with you. I've compiled all of my Bible study and small group posts here - no searching or digging … [Read more...]

5 Myths Bible Study Leaders Believe

I personally think leading or facilitating a Bible Study is one of the most challenging roles God can call us to fill. Not only must you be prepared for each week's study, but you must prayerfully navigate the personalities and preferences of your group members. Over the last 20 or so years I've had the opportunity to sit on both sides of the table (or circle) as a facilitator and as a participant. Drawing from those experiences, I've … [Read more...]

The First Day of Bible Study

Is your head swimming just thinking about the first day of Bible study? From the logistical to the practical to building relationships, there’s a lot to do and a lot to remember! Our women's ministry team recently made plans for the first day of our summer Bible study. After working through our own logistics, I thought it might be helpful to create a list we can all use and adapt. This list can easily be tweaked for a small group … [Read more...]

Do we have to wear name tags?

Name tags – you either love them or you hate them! Often a group reaches a point and wonders, is it safe to put away the name tags? We all know each other, right? I was once a part of a Bible study that for weeks had faithfully set out name tags at each meeting. (Yes!!) Then one week, without warning, they just disappeared. I’m sure the coordinator thought that by then we were all familiar with each other. Since we were closer to the … [Read more...]

Praying for Your Small Group (Free Printable)

Small Group and Bible Study leaders have many responsibilities, but the greatest of all is to pray for the women in their group. Prayer prepares you for the different personalities in your group. You are bound to encounter some "sandpaper people". (Affiliate Link) You may have women who attend, but never share with the group. You may even have someone try to run the group for you! Girls, we’ve got to be on our knees asking God to … [Read more...]