As we progress in the Christian life, we mature in Christ and grow in the love of God and neighbor. The Upper Room® understands small groups to be an integral part of Christian spiritual formation as we watch over each other in love. The Upper Room offers support for small group ministries in the church so that groups may be more effective arenas for spiritual growth. Here are a few tips to help you lead an effective small group:
Recognizing that small groups take many forms and serve many purposes, The Upper Room offers different resources for small groups, including accountability groups (the Emmaus® reunion group model), study groups (study books and workbooks), intercessory prayer groups (Covenant Prayer groups), and devotional materials for small groups.
"I lead a small group of about 12 women, and we were looking for a great Advent study. I had used While We Wait years ago and remembered how beautifully written it was.
I love focusing on the women in the genealogy in Matthew and our church’s Advent sermon series include the songs of Elizabeth, Mary, and Zechariah. So this study seemed just perfect for our 2019 Advent study.
Everyone is enjoying it so much and loving the insights that Mary Lou Redding offers for each character in her study. While We Wait has been a great study for us!"