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Elementary

One Dollar’s Worth of Kindness

I have a $1 bill framed in my office.  No, I don’t worship money.  Instead, it serves as a reminder of God’s kindness to me through someone else.  Kindness may seem so simple, yet it matters so much.  As a Jesus follower, we know this because the kindness and love of Jesus go hand in hand.  It’s not our kindness that saves us, but rather it is through the love and kindness that He so graciously shows us.

Titus 3:4-5a
But…

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Elementary

Leading Small Groups in Kindness

Kindness is one of those Life-Apps that is always in season. More than just having good manners, kindness reflects a core principle: that every person is made in the image of God, and is valuable to Him. Being nice seeks no one’s harm; being kind seeks others’ good. Kids are often told to “be nice”, “share” and “get along”, but how can we as Small Group Leaders encourage them to treat others as God’s special creation?

“Treat others as you…

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Elementary

The Tangibles and Intangibles of an Excellent Preteen Enviornment

The moment you walk in the door you begin to judge the atmosphere of any business. If you walk in a coffee shop you are trying to find where you place your order and what coffee options are available. You begin judging whether or not you will ever return based on the tangible things you see, taste, and experience as well as the intangible things you feel, smell, and hear. The same is true with the preteens that walk…

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Elementary

5 Multi-Age Small Group Tips

As a small group leader, when you meet with your few, when you show up for them consistently and randomly, you’re impacting the future faith of an entire generation.

If you’re like many users of our Compact material, it feels like you have an entire generation at small group every week!  To help small group leaders engage all the kids in their unique circles, check out our top 5 Multi-Age Small Group Tips!

Pair older and younger kids within the group….

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Elementary

Large Group Recruiting

Remember that time when you were a kid and that leader got up to teach at church? They were so monotone. They held a binder and read a Bible Story to the group with very little passion and enthusiasm. Maybe they paused between each sentence for what seemed like 10 minutes.

Wait. Hold the phone. Record scratch. No, you don’t remember it BECAUSE of those things. As a matter of fact, it’s a wonder that you are even still in…

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