Here's our top picks for resources on being a small group leader.


Simple Small Groups - Bill Search
This isn’t youth-focussed, but there’s a lot to learn from it. Search works through three Cs – connecting, changing and cultivating – to help us figure out what small groups are all about, and really make the most of this type of ministry. It also shares the information without requiring your church to conform to a certain pastoral system, which is really helpful.


Help! I’m a Small Group Leader Laurie Polich
This is a handy guide if you’re freaking out about how to keep a small group of teenagers entertained for a couple of hours. It’s available as a stand-alone paperback – or, here’s an idea – as a whole training kit for training up your student leaders, woohoo!

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99 Thoughts for Small Group Leaders - Josh Griffin with Doug Fields
Find the answers you're looking for in 99 Thoughts for Small Group Leaders. This book delivers insights, tips, and veteran advice for anyone leading a small group (from young to old).


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The 7 Best Practices for Teaching Teenagers the Bible Andy Blanks
The 7 Best Practices For Teaching Teenagers The Bible teaches you seven ultra-practical and deeply meaningful "practices" you can use to help teach the Bible in a transformative and dynamic way.

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The Youth Worker's Guide to Creative Bible Study - Karen Dockrey
Tried-and-true methods for encouraging today's youth to read their Bibles, discover biblical truths, understand the meaning of Scripture, then live a life based on Christian faith.

unleashingword contentUnleashing God's Word in Youth MinistryBarry Shafer
Unleashing God's Word in Youth Ministry is designed to help you develop a Bible study approach that engages students on a deeper level--even if you're an avid curriculum user or someone who creates all your own discipleship materials from scratch