Small Group Idea Book, Edited by Cindy Bunch

Small Group Idea Book

Revised Edition

Edited by Cindy Bunch

Small Group Idea Book
  • Length: 189 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: December 04, 2003
  • Imprint: IVP Bible Studies
  • Item Code: 1124
  • ISBN: 9780830811243

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Are you looking for fresh ideas to energize your small group?

Here are hundreds of activities contributed by small group experts from across the United States. Tested in the field and drawn from the front lines of small group ministry, these creative ideas will help you evaluate the state of your group and enhance the five components of healthy group life.

Community activities for the four stages of a group's life help you to get acquainted, go deeper with one another, process conflict, make memories and prepare for your group's ending.

Whether charismatic, liturgical or somewhere in between, you'll find ideas for worship and prayer that stretch group members in these vital areas of spiritual growth. Your group will grow closer to one another as you draw near to God together.

Ideas for study offer you some creative methods for Bible study and life application as well as ideas for learning through books, videos and other resources.

A section on outreach helps your group to look beyond its borders and serve the needs of others. You'll find ideas for inviting others into your group and for working together in evangelism, social action and world mission.

Edited by Cindy Bunch, this edition features new ideas gathered from The Small Group Network ( founded by Michael Mack and now directed by Dan Lentz.

Whether you are a small group leader, a group coordinator or a pastor, you will return to this valuable resource again and again.


1. Community
Activities for Any Phase of a Group's Life
Ideas for the First Few Meetings
Ideas for Start-Up
Ideas for Shake-Up
Ideas for Live-It-Up
Ideas for Wrap-Up
2. Worship and Prayer
3. Study
4. Outreach
Developing an Outreach Vision
Show to Tell: Serving Individuals and the Community
Witnessing to Seekers
World Mission
Social Action
Appendix A: Incorporating Children and Youth
Appendix B: Building Bridges to Ethnic Minorities


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Cindy Bunch

Cindy Bunch is a divisional vice president and associate publisher for InterVarsity Press, where she has worked for more than thirty years. She acquires and develops for the Formatio line of spiritual formation books. She is the author of Be Kind to Yourself as well as several Bible study guides in IVP's LifeGuide® Bible Studies series. Cindy holds an MA in theological studies from Northern Seminary and completed her spiritual direction training at North Park Seminary. She and her husband live in the Chicago suburbs.