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The Fine Art of Disagreement

La Croix UMC in Cape Girardeau released this original four-week biblically-based series on “The Fine Art of Disagreement” with accompanying videos and small group curriculum. Visit https://lacroixchurch.org/media/fine-art-of-disagreement-study​ to download this FREE small group resource. “We presented this series at La Croix ahead of the special-called session of General Conference in 2019, to prepare people to handle the storm that could be ahead,” stated Rev. Ron Watts. “We chose not to focus ...

Disciple? Why can’t I just be a Christian?

Use this guide with your small group to discuss what it means to be a committed Christian disciple.

Discipleship and Evangelism

Just the word “evangelism” causes anxiety in most followers of Jesus. The anxiety is caused by the thought that we must take a person from unbeliever all the way to a transformed life, from zero to 60 in four seconds flat. We must plant the seed, water it, raise it to maturity, and bring in the harvest. Yet even Paul did not accept that kind of pressure. Use this guide with your small group to discuss evangelism in your local church context.

Discipleship Commitment

Multiple levels of commitment to discipleship are on display in the lives of followers of Jesus. Discipleship is frequently seen as an option in the church and the bar set for membership requires only a low level of compliance. Many church members comply with the minimum measures of church membership but compliance is not enough to carry out the vision of the church. Use this guide with your small group to discuss the commitment of discipleship.

Discipleship in Relationship with the Local Church

The local church is the body of Christ in our world. The “body of Christ” is too often used as a mere figure of speech, yet that phrase expresses the reality that Christ lives through his people. God’s people, as disciples, extend the life of Jesus to the world through the local church. Use this guide with your small group to better understand the role of the local church.

What is Discipleship?

Many problems in the church today can be understood when we realize that so many church members have not yet decided to follow Christ. The discipleship path is a journey that results from every Christian’s answer to the call, “Follow me.” Use this guide with your small group to consider what discipleship means.

Vital Conversations 4: Race, Culture, The Church, And Human Sexuality

Vital Conversations 4: Race, Culture, The Church, And Human Sexuality is a video study course for small groups in congregations, campus ministries, and local and regional church leadership teams.

5+ Cups of Coffee Small Group Study

5+ Cups of Coffee Small Group Study Courtesy of Jennifer Chirillo from Community UMC (Columbia). Week by week facilitator guide to walk deeply through the 5 cups of coffee questions with a small group. Works great for a brand new group or a group that has been meeting for a long time together. View the small group study

Faith and Race

The Faith and Race Podcast is designed to help churches of all colors host constructive dialogue about faith, race, and the church. Every episode has a specific focus to help us intentionally think about the intersection of history, institutions, scripture, prayer, race, and justice. The audio recordings will bring diverse insights and experiences into churches, homes, and hearts across Missouri and beyond.

Confessional Small Groups in the Style of the Wesleyan Band Meeting

The Band Meeting was a very small group of approximately five people who would confess their sins and struggles together. Members would talk specifically about their temptations, successes and failures. Creating a safe space for confession and accountability was a part of growing in personal holiness. Not every Methodist was part of a band. This was always a smaller subset of Christian community. It is not intended to be for everyone.

Dealing With Small Group Killers

We’ve all been there. A new group has formed, and its members are excited about its potential. But, before the group realizes it, it becomes hijacked by someone who uses the group as their personal therapy session. This guide will help your group tackle the issue of small group killers.

Transformational Small Groups in the Style of the Wesleyan Class Meeting

Wesley understood Christian discipleship more like an apprenticeship to Jesus than a scholarly endeavor where one masters a body of knowledge. So, Wesley developed a process by which Methodists cultivate this kind of discipleship. A process that allowed people who desired this kind of character to be challenged and held accountable for the sake of fleeing the wrath to come. Use this guide with your small group to discuss the class meeting model.

5 Cups of Coffee Group Conversation Facilitator Guide

A facilitator guide for designed for a small or medium-sized group to engage in the 5 Cups of Coffee resource.

Anatomy of Peace by Arbinger Institute

An international bestseller that teaches concepts of reconciliation and conversation to transform personal, professional, and even global conflict through a fictionalized story of parents who are struggling with their own children and with problems that have come to consume their lives.

Faultlines: Holy Conversations about Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church by Abingdon

A collection of resources—including small group studies and books—intended to inform the conversations around human sexuality within the United Methodist Church as the denomination prepares for the General Conference.

Finding the Sweet Spot: Holy Conversation by The Missouri Conference

Four devotional sessions with video and discussion guide support on holy conversation as a means of grace designed for use with small group or leadership training. Great for church councils and leadership teams.

Is It Time? Helping Laity and Clergy Discuss Homosexuality One Question a Time by Adolf Hansen

From the Faultlines collection, this resource contributes to the conversation by presenting questions for laity and clergy to explore as they engage in open dialogue in an atmosphere of mutual respect, even when the conversation partners disagree.

Missio Day Small Group Discussion Questions

Small group discussion questions set in a PowerPoint slide show for use in aiding discussion and study of Missio Dei and the United States: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness.

Unity Study Guide by General Board of Higher Education

Suitable for a 4-week study, this resource addresses how the church be a witness and provide for a diversified human community.

Just Say Yes!

Written for people whose passion has been simmering for years, who yearn to be told Yes! This resource examines the systems and attitudes that restrain and control ministry with real-church examples show how every church can unleash its people for ministry—encouraging, emboldening, and equipping them.

5 Cups of Coffee

Simple and practical discussion starters for asking questions about calling and discipleship for use with youth through adults.

Building Worship Bridges Workbook by Cathy Townley

Together with the book, this practical resource help you and your team create a competent, compelling worship service called forth by God.