Date of Award

Spring 4-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Biblical, Religious and Philosophical Studies


Before anything else, let’s begin with the encouraging words of Proverbs 3:56; “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Entering into the world of small group ministry in a college setting can be challenging, even for people with a wide range of experience. That being said, we are thankful God has led you and your group together to this place of small group leadership. The first step is being willing to follow God’s calling. Trust in Him and he will pave the way for you. That does not mean that the road will always be easy or that every small group meeting will go exactly as you planned. It won’t at all. Small groups are messy. There is struggle and failure in following God’s calling, and small group ministry is no exception. With faithfulness and perseverance though, you and your group will experience God’s grace and transformative work. We have found that an important step to success is to do a little homework. That’s why this guide was created. It is full of hints, tips, and tricks to get you on your way. It is not meant to be read in one sitting, and is all about practical application. Start at the beginning and read it through, or start in the middle with a topic that seems fitting for your group setting. This is meant to be a guide for YOU and your small group.