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.
"Many of us are used to the idea that we might speak to God or to Jesus. Maybe at times it feels like shouting into the darkness or whatnot, but it’s not hard to do—at least as an imaginative exercise. What’s harder—even imaginatively—is to try to hear Jesus speaking to us. Are we just making things up? Are we just using Jesus as a puppet to say whatever we want to hear?" READ MORE