In addition to the actual Bible content that will be covered in the small group, you will want to have some other aspects that will be covered as well. The following is a suggested format for what a small group may look like:
Icebreaker (5 minutes)
Icebreakers can be a fun and informative way for group members to get to know more about each other. An icebreaker shouldn’t take a long amount of time, but it should allow for the group members to grow closer together. Some suggestions are listed below.
Vision (5-10 minutes)
One thing that’s often neglected in small groups is communicating an increasing sense of God’s purpose for the world and how we fit into the picture. Your small group could simply become a Bible study, but it has the potential for so much more. You could cast vision into your small group like sharing about upcoming opportunities like a summer project or national conference. Or you could share a brief article that you read about God’s work in the world.
Training (15- 20 minutes)
Share practical, helpful things about how to live and minister to others. How do you have a Quiet Time? How do you study the Bible on your own? How do you answer difficult questions about Christianity? Or you could periodically take the members of your small group out on campus to gain experience in evangelism.
Prayer (10 minutes)
Prayer is an expression of our dependence upon God and you help other people see their need for dependence on Him. Share praise reports, prayer requests, and take time to pray for one another. It’s also important to pray for people, issues and events outside your small group (like situations on campus, world events, ministry opportunities, etc.)
Bible Study (30 – 45 minutes)
During this time you can utilize the study series that were already mentioned. A major component of a successful Bible study is the ability to lead well and ask the right questions. The remainder of the article