If you've ever led a youth group, you know that sharing and self-confidence don't come easily to teens. This 31-session small-group resource is designed to help high schoolers get to know each other---and grow together in community, intimacy, and faith. The first five meetings build self-esteem, as well as communication and listening skills. And 26 topical sessions deal with friends, sexuality, forgiveness, and more. 160 pages, softcover from Zondervan.
Cultivate Intimacy and Honesty in Your Youth Ministrys Small Groups Here are 31 small-group meetings about--well, small groups. After all, the kind of honest sharing, perceptive silence, compassionate boldness, and mutual growth that are the marks of an effective and attractive small group dont always come naturally. With the complete sessions in Talking the Walk--all of them customized precisely for small groups--you can lead your small group of teenagers from just getting comfortable with kids they dont usually hang with, to talking honestly, listening carefully, and understanding themselves and each other. The first five meetings are a gradual, gentle introduction to the idea of communication, confidences, and listening skills--the mechanics and heart of small-group dynamics--then on to more than two dozen topical meetings about issues that matter most to adolescents: how to face lifes tensions; self esteem; change; sexuality; giving and receiving love; clarifying future goals; friends; family; forgiveness; diversity; conflict; moods; priorities--and more, all of them based in Bible passages . . . appropriate for mixed groups of churched and unchurched kids . . . and each session with more than enough creative and quirky ideas, so you can select those that best fit your style and your small groups temperament. Perfect for outreach and evangelism groups, discipleship groups, Sunday school, midweek cell groups--any time you want small groups of your students to grow together in community, in intimacy, in faith. (Previously published as Honest to God) 31 sessions.
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