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Restart Groups

Restarting Bible Study Groups

And let us consider one another in order to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.

– Hebrews 10:24-25 (CSB)

It’s time to gather again.

To say the least, 2020 was not the year of the group.

It was a challenge just to keep the church doors open, even when nobody could enter. Pastors and other church leaders did an astounding job of weathering the greatest storm in a century.

That storm is passing. We may be far from smooth sailing, but we must carry on. Discipleship happens best in groups, so it’s time to start gathering together again for Bible study.

Lifeway is offering a series of free webinars for pastors, ministers of education, Sunday School directors, and group leaders to help you restart groups this summer or fall. These one-hour informative sessions will give you tips and ideas to strengthen your teaching, disciple-making, recruiting, and the overall health of your Sunday School and groups ministry. There are seven different seminars, and each is available at two different times. See below to find the best options for you.

For more immediate assistance with post-COVID issues, you may want to visit for articles and resources to help you reflect, assess, focus, and connect. 

Download these helpful documents that will assist your church in restarting groups.

Available Webinars

Download List of Webinars
All times listed are CDT.

Leading Small Groups
with Chris Surratt

Learn how to gather, launch, lead, and multiply your small group.

Ideal for: Group Leaders
Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 1-2 p.m.  SIGN UP
Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 6–7 p.m.  SIGN UP

Teaching with Style
with Ken Braddy

Jesus was an expert in communicating His messages. Discover the eight learning approaches and how to use them to teach engaging Bible studies each week.

Ideal for: Group Leaders
Date: Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 10–11 a.m. SIGN UP
Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 6:30–7:30 p.m. SIGN UP

5 Steps for Building a Disciple-making Ministry
with Ken Braddy

For over 100 years churches have used a simple formula for creating great groups and a strong disciple-making ministry. Do you know the steps to take in order to grow your Bible-teaching ministry?

Ideal for: Pastors, Ministers of Education, Sunday School Directors
Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 1–2 p.m. SIGN UP
Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 10–11 a.m. SIGN UP

Breathing Life into Sunday School
with Ken Braddy

There are 12 essentials that can help any Sunday School become healthier. Get your Sunday School off of life support and put it on the road to recovery.

Ideal for: Pastors, Ministers of Education, Sunday School Directors, Group Leaders
Date: April 8 and April 10, 2021  Watch Replay

How to Have All the Workers You Need
with Ken Braddy

Never struggle to enlist group leaders after you learn a process for recruiting new leaders.

Ideal for: Pastors, Ministers of Education, Sunday School Directors
Date: May 8 and 18, 2021  Watch Replay

Restarting Sunday School
with Ken Braddy

During the first year of COVID, groups struggled to meet. As groups begin to regather, there are considerations for their successful relaunch. 

Ideal for: Pastors, Ministers of Education, Sunday School Directors
Date: June 17 and 19, 2021  Watch Replay 

3 Roles for Guiding Groups
with Ken Braddy

Teacher, Shepherd, and Leader—every group leader must embrace these important roles and balance them to create a healthy environment for the group's members.

Ideal for: Group Leaders
Date: July 10 and 22  Watch Replay

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