Live A Better Story is a small group curriculum that helps churches of any size develop a strategy to connect their adults to God’s Word in the context of small group conversations. This downloadable resource gives you everything you need to equip leaders and engage adult attendees regardless of where they are on their faith journey.
Our team is constantly creating new Live a Better Story series and resources so your team will always have fresh and relevant content for those who participate in your small groups. Each series includes teaching videos, teaching scripts, suggestions for the small group environment, small group discussion guides, and even a communication plan so leaders can more easily connect to their groups throughout the week.
Why small groups?
God wired us for community. He’s uniquely designed us so that we discover more of Him when we’re in community with one another. That means connecting on a real, personal level with those around us.
Where did the idea for small groups come from?
When it comes to small groups, we take our cue from Jesus. From the very beginning, Jesus taught His followers to live and grow in their faith in the context of a group of believers. In fact, that’s how the church began—small groups of Jesus followers, meeting to pray, encourage each other, and grow together.
How do I even know where to begin with Live a Better Story?
There’s a series guide that should be read before you (and your small group leaders) start each series. In the guide, we set you up with everything necessary to prepare your group meetings. There will also be a short video that explains the heart of the series, as well as a welcome email that small group leaders can send to their group members to let them know what to expect each week.
What elements are included in the Live a Better Story curriculum?
With each week of Live A Better Story, we provide a teaching video to show during small group. These videos last between 12-15 minutes and are designed to be played at the beginning of the group time. These videos are created by pastors, teachers, and theologians, and provide the group with sound biblical teaching while freeing the small group leader up to focus their attention on something only they can do—develop relationships and lead the group.
We believe that true discipleship happens in the context of a conversation, not just a lesson. And that’s why everything in these teaching videos will point to the conversation that will take place afterward.
The small group discussion questions are a suggestion, not a formula. Ultimately, the goal of discussion time is to have meaningful conversation. The small group leader has the freedom to adjust the questions as needed. Remember that the leader doesn’t need to have all the answers to lead this study. Leading is about helping others have helpful conversations about faith. If that happens, it’s a win!
Connection Plans (Weekly Communication and Bible Reading)
Good relationships develop over time. So it’s important for each small group to connect outside the one day each week when they meet. With that in mind, Live A Better story provides the leader with tools to help stay engaged with their group. Each week, they’ll receive a “weekly email” that is already written for the group. All the leader needs to do is copy, paste, and add any details that are specific to their group (like meeting location or time). They’ll also get a couple of social media posts for the week and text messages they can use to keep in touch with their group no matter how they like to communicate.
We also want to help leaders have a plan for their groups to connect with God each day. That’s why for each week that the small group meets, they’ll receive a Bible Reading Plan with Scripture and a short prayer or prompt to get the day started. Some groups may want to use a physical Bible Reading Plan that is handed out at the beginning of the week. So we’ve provided a page that can be printed out and copied for the group. For other groups, technology may be helpful. So we’ve provided the same images with Scripture in a folder that the leader can post to social media or text to the group each day along with the prayer prompt.
We hope you enjoy Live a Better Story. It’s our prayer that your adult attendees’ faith and communities will flourish and grow as a result of it.