What small group curriculum should our small groups study? Where can we find good small group Bible studies? These are questions I frequently get asked at Small Group workshops and in conversations with pastors. Before I share some quick links and resources, allow me to share with you a few things to consider.
First off, it’s a best practice to consider study themes and topics that would be attractive to people who aren’t already plugged into group life. If you want to get new people connected into groups, your language and focus should be aimed at that target audience.
The next thing to consider is the length of your study. People have shorter attention spans than ever before. The most attractive small group studies are typically around 4-6 weeks long. This doesn’t mean you can’t do a longer study, but you should definitely make sure that at least one to two times a year (the Fall and the New Year) you’re offering shorter studies to get new people connected into groups.
Lastly, you want to make sure the curriculum is put together well and fits within the culture of your church. See 4 Lenses For Selecting Curriculum for more on this.
Small Group Curriculum
Below is a list of 11 Sources for Small Group Bible Studies. They’re not the only sources, but I wanted to share some options that are really focused on a simple menu of various small group studies (in no particular order or ranking)…
These are small group resources from North Point ministries (Andy Stanley).
2. Nelson Searcy’s List of Approved Small Group Curriculum:
Nelson Searcy has a pre-approved selection of small group content for his groups to choose from when they are not doing a churchwide campaign. Once you go to the web page, just click on the link toward the top to download the document with the list of studies.
I think Rick Warren and Steve Gladen have learned a thing or two about small group curriculum. Saddleback is a great example of what happens when churches are fueled by good small groups. Enough said.
“Right Now” has a great selection of studies from leaders like Craig Groeschel, Francis Chan and more.
5. Small Group Churches Free Group Curriculum:
We have our own selection of group materials that you can download for free. We are always adding to it throughout each year.
Great selection from an established organization.
Another great website for small group material that is always growing with new resources.
These guys have handful of studies but they’re content is really dynamic and innovative too. They do their own movie production with some of the studies which results in a really unique library of curriculum. Just click around on the top navigation menu to see the different resource options.
You’ll see some of the same titles from the previous listed links but you’ll also see some small group studies not previously listed.
Bluefish TV also specializes in video-based ministry resources and has a library of DVD-driven curriculum.
Solid selection of small group studies for spiritual growth, marriage, men, women etc.
The list here is by no means comprehensive. There are many sources for small group material that accompany a specific book or sermon series, but for this article, I wanted to list sites where you can browse a diverse selection of topics and titles. Hope you find this helpful!