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82% of our Community Groups stay connected beyond the 8-week trial period.

82% of Our Groups Stick Together

That “stickiness” starts with this study.

Community Starting Well in Your Small Group

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Here’s a quick physics lesson that could make all the difference for your groups ministry. Newton’s first law says a body in motion will stay in motion.

What does that mean for groups?

We’ve found that a group in motion usually stays in motion. Once group members have made it through the process of getting connected, survived the small talk of first meetings, and gotten underway with a great study, it’s likely the group will stick together for the long haul.

This is why...

we’ve put lots of effort into crafting a study that sets groups in motion well. Community is an 8-week study that introduces the concept of community, helps group members share their stories, and sets clear expectations of what the group’s experience will look like.

After using this study,...

82% of the Community Groups we launched last year continued past the trial period—they stayed in motion. We think it can do the same for your groups too. Through the end of September, Community study guides (plus more than 30 others) are on sale for 30% off.

A great study can actually change lives.

A group of people unpacking a study topic together and translating it into real world steps is community at its most effective. When group members encourage and watch each other get out of debt, or reconcile with parents, or start praying aloud as a couple ... that's when circles really are better than rows.

So here are a few of the studies our groups use (plus, when and why).


Community Starting Well in Your Small Group

Community: Starting Well In Your Small Group

Why we love it:

Joining a group can be unnerving; there's new people to meet, new routines to learn, and talking about God out loud! in public!-can be scary. This study introduces the concept of community, helps group members share their story with one another, and sets clear expectations of what the group's experience will look like. We've found that this study increases our groups' "stickiness" (i.e., lower member drop-out rates, higher commitment from group members).

When to use it: Month 1


Starting Point A Conversation About Faith

Starting Point: A Conversation About Faith

Why we love it:

Most groups have members coming from many different spiritual backgrounds-everything from a believer for 20 years to not yet a believer at all. This study eases groups (with members all across the spectrum of spiritual maturity) into a discussion of the fundamental questions of faith. It tackles Jesus, sin, forgiveness, and grace. And does so by encouraging questions and conversation, not declaring any right or wrong answers.

When to use it: Between Months 2 and 4


What Makes You Happy

What Makes You Happy

Why we love it:

Happiness is a topic that’s relevant to everyone, so this study is a good fit whether your group is college students, single adults, married couples, or empty nesters. And it dives into some of the most fundamental concepts of faith (like sin, surrender, and serving others) so it creates really worthwhile discussion.

When to use it: Between Months 4 and 12


In the Meantime

In the Meantime

Why we love it:

Life’s rockiest, “in the meantime” moments (when circumstances are challenging and there’s no end in sight) are often critical junctures in faith for people. This study will help group members share personal examples of these moments, so you should use it when your group is comfortable with each other and ready for some authenticity.

When to use it: Between Months 4 and 12


Renovate

Renovate: To Make New

Why we love it:

This study grew out of our re:new ministry, which provides one-on-one mentoring for anyone feeling "stuck" in life. The content proved so powerful that we adapted it for group use. It guides participants through the process of uncovering unhealthy thought patterns and replacing them with Biblical truth. As such, this study is best used in spiritually mature groups once members are comfortable being transparent with one another.

When to use it: After Month 12


FOR MEN

7 — Seven

(7) Questions for Men

Why we love it:

Connecting men into groups can be really, really tough. But this study, about questions "that rattle in the minds of most men," is an easy on-ramp. Plus, it's versatile enough to be used in a small group often or a large group of hundreds.

When to use it: Anytime


FOR WOMEN

Comparison Trap

Comparison Trap for Women

Why we love it:

Whether it's mothering or marriage, kids or clothes, the struggle with comparison is universal for women. So this study works for women's groups at all stages of life. And the daily devotional book and free app make it easy to use for personal study, group study, or even a retreat event.

When to use it: Anytime


FOR ENGAGED AND MARRIED COUPLES

iMarriage

iMarriage: Transforming Your Expectations

Why we love it:

This study is the first step in our mentoring program for engaged couples. Andy's discussion of desires vs. expectations in marriage is must-hear wisdom before-or after saying "I do."


FOR ENGAGED AND MARRIED COUPLES

Staying In Love

Staying In Love

Why we love it:

With so many pieces of practical advice, this is a study that changes marriages before the four sessions have even been completed. Andy's illustrations are some of his most memorable ever.

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