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  1. What would you consider a show up study.

    • I didn’t write this article, of course, but he has some great practical advise. As a pastor (both Assistant Pastor and Senior Pastor) I’ve led quite a number of small groups and overseen a small group ministry. A ‘show up’ study could be determined on a number of levels, depending on the desired outcome. If your primary goal of the group is fellowship and encouragement, then go for something more thought-provoking (I would call this ‘devotional’, not necessarily ‘study’)… Examples: Life Application questions based on the Sunday sermon (i.e., What do I do with what I’ve been told?), a video series based on a book (i.e., Rick Warren’s ‘The Purpose Driven Life’ or something like it – with a study guide that allows for discussion following the video)… However, if your primary purpose is more discipleship and deeper growth, then go for something weightier… Examples: Study a particular book of the Bible (either your own personal study using commentaries and guides, then coming up with questions for the group to discuss once you’ve taught the primary themes – or using a teaching guide, of which there are many) – or teaching aids such as http://www.peacemaker.net... a ministry and teaching series on biblical peacemaking in the church, family and community… or a teaching series from http://www.ligonier.org...

      These are just a few examples, but they’re primarily directed at people showing up without preparation, enjoying fellowship together, and learning and growing together. Hope this helps!