Teens

Week One: God is Love

Set-up: It’s important to create a welcoming environment for your small group. Ideally, chairs are arranged around a table, or there are chairs in a circle. However, this depends on where you meet. You may decide to have some kind of devotional help (a reminder that your time together is set apart, such as a…

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Week Six: We Declare to You

Set-up: It’s important to create a welcoming environment for your small group. Ideally, chairs are arranged around a table, or there are chairs in a circle. However, this depends on where you meet. You may decide to have some kind of devotional help (a reminder that your time together is set apart, such as a…

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Week Five: Abide in Me

Set-up: It’s important to create a welcoming environment for your small group. Ideally, chairs are arranged around a table, or there are chairs in a circle. However, this depends on where you meet. You may decide to have some kind of devotional help (a reminder that your time together is set apart, such as a…

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Week Four: I Have Called You Friends

Set-up: It’s important to create a welcoming environment for your small group. Ideally, chairs are arranged around a table, or there are chairs in a circle. However, this depends on where you meet. You may decide to have some kind of devotional help (a reminder that your time together is set apart, such as a…

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Week Three: Close to the Father’s Heart

Set-up: It’s important to create a welcoming environment for your small group. Ideally, chairs are arranged around a table, or there are chairs in a circle. However, this depends on where you meet. You may decide to have some kind of devotional help (a reminder that your time together is set apart, such as a…

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Week Two: The Word Became Flesh

Set-up: It’s important to create a welcoming environment for your small group. Ideally, chairs are arranged around a table, or there are chairs in a circle. However, this depends on where you meet. You may decide to have some kind of devotional help (a reminder that your time together is set apart, such as a…

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Getting Started: Meeting Jesus

Set-up: It’s important to create a welcoming environment for your small group. Ideally, chairs are arranged around a table, or there are chairs in a circle. However, this depends on where you meet. You may decide to have some kind of devotional help (a reminder that your time together is set apart, such as a…

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Pitfalls and Troubleshooting with Teens

While there will be some issues that are unique to teens, most facilitation techniques for dealing with difficult group members are the same. For tips about common facilitation bumps in the road, take a look here.

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Let’s Talk about Technology and Teens

Social media and personal technology can both make our world better and make our world worse. Teens tend to understand this more keenly than adults. Depending on the ages and maturity level of your teens, you can either lay down ground rules for the sessions (e.g. everyone turns off their phones and puts them on…

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Creating your Meeting Jesus Timeline with your Teen Small Group

Facilitators should be aware that Ash Wednesday is a very early February 14th this year. Don’t let not getting started earlier stop you from moving ahead now! Late November/Advent 2017: Identify small group leadership. This is an opportunity to ask adults who don’t normally work with teens to assist. Please see Small Group Leadership Roles…

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Teens and Different Learning Styles

Like adults, teens have different types of learning styles. Engaging with teens in the ways that they learn and interact best will have better results than trying to be entirely discussion-based. We recommend that leaders review this Cheat Sheet for Different Learning Styles.

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How to Run a Session

You can find tips for running a small group session here, and you can find an agenda for your time together here. We recommend 90-120 minutes per session, depending on whether or not there will be a meal together.

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Leadership Roles for Teens

Adult Leadership for Teen Small Groups Teenagers need dedicated and loving leaders for their small groups. An effective youth leader will allow for teens to follow their own path in conversation without trying to stick too much to a script. A good youth leader will both allow for teens to take the lead as much…

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