I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and serve with a team of leaders who are passionate to serve the Church in Her mission of making disciples. Each Wednesday, I share the heart behind one of the resources our team has developed and give an opportunity for you to register to win a free copy of the resource. This week’s resource is smallgroup.com, a subscription-based, custom Bible study tool for churches that want to give their group leaders a powerful discipleship tool and for group leaders who want to engage their group at a personal and intentional level.
Last week we at LifeWay introduced a powerful new feature at smallgroup.com that will further equip group leaders to lead transformational conversations. Now, not only do smallgroup.com subscribers have the ability to quickly customize studies with solid biblical content, but they can also enhance their studies with video from trusted Bible teachers.
We’re proud to provide video teaching from Beth Moore, Matt Chandler, Tony Evans, and many other gifted, Christ-loving communicators. And we believe small groups everywhere will benefit from this content. BUT, because we believe video teaching should only be an enhancement to your Bible study, not the full experience, every video series comes with customizable study guides that engage both the text and the video content. Because each study guide is in the same format, group leaders are consistently prepared for their groups. All this allows groups to learn from incredible teachers, while framing each session around the biblical text and how the text applies to each group’s unique needs.
I do want you to try smallgroup.com because I believe it is a powerful discipleship resource, but I also want you to understand why we designed it the way we did. I hear from church leaders all the time, from all over the country, and some of the statements I hear appear to be conflicting. I hear pastors say, “Our small groups are the very core of who we are,” and, “Making disciples is the most significant thing we do.” But I also hear messages like, “If you can brew coffee and press play on a DVD player, you can lead a small group in our church.” Both messages can’t be true. If discipleship drives the mission of the church, if making disciples is the core commitment of the church, a group gathering must mean more than pushing play. If all it takes to be a group leader is pressing play and making coffee, we are overpromising what “getting into a small group” does for the people in our churches.
We think smallgroup.com is an incredible tool, but Jesus never commissioned tools such as Bible studies and videos to make disciples. People make disciples. With the authority of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit, making disciples is our responsibility. The simplicity of smallgroup.com, now with video-enhanced content, can help group leaders have life-changing experiences in their groups, but it is only a part of the process. I pray you are committed to making disciples, and I hope you will see if smallgroup.com is something that can help you in that mission.
If you are interested, now is your chance to try smallgroup.com for two weeks for free. This is an opportunity for you to fully explore the tool and see how it can help you create custom, video-enhanced Bible studies. Just head to smallgroup.com and click “Start my FREE trial now.”
Also, I am giving away two annual subscriptions to smallgroup.com.
To enter for a chance to win one of the two free annual subscriptions to smallgroup.com for your church, click here to register for a free preview of smallgroup.com before 12:01 a.m. CST, Thursday September 24.