Item description for Help! I'm a Small-Group Leader!: 50 Ways to Lead Teenagers Into Animated and Purposeful Discussions by Laurie Polich...
Overview Continuing the popular HELP! series, here is front line "how-to" advice on putting small groups together, leading a small group, starting a discussion and keeping it going, the importance of confidentiality, asking questions that get responses, and much more, all in a no-frills, to-the-point style.
Publishers Description So you're leading a small group? Your small group can accomplish big things in the lives of your teenagers. And in Help! I'm a Small-Group Leader! you'll find methods and approaches you can use. Foibles and minefields to avoid. Solutions and tips that will help you nurture your small group into a growing community, whatever you goals. Inside you'll discover -- How to put small groups together - How NOT to lead a small group - How to start a discussion -- and KEEP IT GOING - How to ASK QUESTIONS that get responses - Three kinds of BIBLE STUDY questions to ask - How to work with DIFFERENT personalities in a small group - How to help you kids LEARN TO PRAY - 10 ideas for BUILDING COMMUNITY in your small group . . . and to top it off are 20 pages of questions (100 questions, to be exact) that you can use in your small group Bible study, on the most common subjects discussed in junior and senior high small groups. All this in a no-frills, straight-to-the-point style -- perfect for volunteer small-group leaders, or for youth pastors or youth directors to lead their staffs through.
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More About Laurie Polich
With 15 years of youth ministry experience, Laurie Polich serves as pastor of small groups and discipleship at Ocean Hills Covenant Church, in Santa Barbara. She s the author of several books including Help! I'm a Small-Group Leader training curriculum and book, Studies on the Go: John, and Small Group Qs, and she speaks frequently to students and youth workers across the country."
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Reviews - What do customers think about Help Im A Small Group Leader(Help(Focus On Family)?
A great help to every youth leader ... Nov 4, 2006
Our ministry has used this book to train all of our small group leaders. It is an easy read and has plenty of practical advice. Even the leaders who don't like to read will read it because of its format. Get one for each of your leaders today!
A Must Have For Youth Workers Feb 17, 2006
Every summer I head out to counsel at camps, and without argument, the hardest times during camp are always during small groups. Leading a group of seven guys in meaningful discussion just never seems to happen. Some of the students will be goofing off in the corner, another one asleep on the grass, and the other couple looking lazily through their Bibles. That's why I bought HELP! I'M A SMALL GROUP LEADER!
Laurie Polich dives right in with this quick book (135 pages) and gets into the meat of leading a small group. She gives tremendous advice and covers key issues small groups face, such as dealing with the students who just don't want to be there - getting them interested in the topic, not bored. She goes through prayer times, 6 general types of students you may come across, what kinds of questions to ask, and outside the small group ideas for building a community with your students.
This summer as I head back to camp, I know which book I'll have in the car if I need to run and get some advice. (This book would also make a great companion guide to KEEP 'EM TALKING by Mike Yaconelli, which includes about sixty REALLY GOOD discussion starters for groups that get bored with answering easy questions.) Definitely pick this one up as it is your survival guide to small groups!
An Excellent Resource May 25, 2001
This small book will garner large results in your group! This book gives practical guidance for starting a small group ministry in your church. It provides Bible studies that help get your group going as well as those that will get them growing. It helps the small group leader decide what type of group they have and what type of leader they are. Every church small group leader should own a very well worn copy of this book!
A Helpful Little Book Apr 25, 2001
A beginner's guide to talking with a small group. Very simple, easy and cute book. Gives examples of the different kids that might be in your group and how to deal with them. Also it gives topics to discuss in your small group and how to keep the kids talking.
This book is full of very usable ideas and suggestions! Jan 6, 2000
I love this little book. It shares ideas on how to build "relationships" with teens...not the same old outlines of Bible verses to teach them. Kids this age need to connect with their teachers and peers. At one point, Ms. Polich says about prayer in the classroom, "Though praying together may seem awkward or scary at first, praying out loud with other Christians will bind them together in a unique way." She is stressing the building of relationships among the students for a more meaningful class time. The author also states, "Demonstrate the value of prayer by keeping a journal of your small group's prayer requests. Your group will be encouraged to see God's faithfulness." I have successfully used many of the ideas in this book, and I'm glad I bought it!