If you’re preparing to explore a topic with your small group, try these eight simple tips:

  1. Pick a relevant topic. Choose one that your group is interested in.
  2. Send a reminder. Do it by text or email, long before you meet as a group.
  3. Be excited. Remember that you set the tone for your group as a leader.
  4. You share first. Share one of the videos you picked from the video playlist.
  5. Let others share. The topic conversation will naturally open up.
  6. Get to Step 2. Those are the discussion questions on the topic guide.
  7. Get to Step 3. That’s the takeaway at the end of the discussion.
  8. Be excited. That’s what will get your group interested in joining you again next week.

Matthew 28:18-19 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[b] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. Describe a time when your group was disengaged. How did you approach the situation?
  4. Which of these tips is the hardest for you? The easiest?
  5. What other tips would you add to this list in order to keep your group engaged on a topic?
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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