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The Group Answers Podcast is a weekly show designed to resource, train, and encourage small group leaders. Each episode considers current trends and resources as well as timeless truths and methods of discipleship. It is hosted by Brian Daniel.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 37 Ratings

The Group Answers Podcast is a weekly show designed to resource, train, and encourage small group leaders. Each episode considers current trends and resources as well as timeless truths and methods of discipleship. It is hosted by Brian Daniel.

    Women's Ministry with Kelly King

    Women's Ministry with Kelly King

    Each episode we cover the different complexities, trends, methods and resources for  group life in churches all over the world. On today's show, Brian Daniel and Haley Malone discuss women's ministry with Kelly King. 

    Kelly is the Women's Minister at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, OK. Recently, she served as the manager of Magazines/Devotional Publishing and Women’s Ministry Training for Lifeway Christian Resources. She is the author of Ministry to Women: The Essential Guide to Leading Women in the Local Church. She is a contributor to the Lifeway Women’s Bible, as well as several Lifeway Women Bible studies. In addition, she spent four years as a cohost of the MARKED podcast for Lifeway Women. She has a Master of Theology degree from Gateway Seminary as well as a Doctorate in Ministry degree.

    Kelly shares with us why gender specific groups are important, what to look for in emerging leaders, and how to help guide women in their next best step! Thanks for listening and sharing this episode with a friend!

    SHOW LINKS:
    Marked Podcast
    Seamless by Angie Smith
    From Beginning to Forever
    When You Pray 
    Is God Calling Me
    Ecclesiastes
    Unreasonable Hospitality

    • 34 min
    Managing Group Time with Haley Malone

    Managing Group Time with Haley Malone

    Welcome back to another great episode on Group Answers with Brian Daniels. Today Brian discusses how to manage group time with Haley Malone.

    Haley Malone is the managing Director of Adult Groups at First Baptist Church of Orlando in Florida. She grew up in South Florida and attended Florida State University. After a few years in Tallahassee, Haley moved to Orlando and spent 5 years in the classroom and on the volleyball sidelines before stepping into full time student ministry. Most importantly,  Haley is a wife and mom of three and is daily trying to find balance between life, liturgy, and laundry!

    Managing group time can take some strategy, but it doesn't have to be impossible. Haley and Brian discuss the benefits of preparing for the small group time, the importance of being aware of body language, and how to set up a warm and inviting environment.

    Thanks for listening and sharing this episode with a friend!

    Show Links:
    -Connect with Brian Daniel
    -Connect with Haley Malone

    • 34 min
    Overcoming Culture to Disciple with Aram Babasin

    Overcoming Culture to Disciple with Aram Babasin

    Welcome back to another episode of Group Answers with Brian Daniel. Today on the show we have Joel Polk and Aram Babasin to discuss how to overcome culture in order to disciple. 

    Aram Babasin is the small groups pastor of Crossroads Community Church in the Portland Metro Area.  Aram has a history of working in a variety of church settings. He is skilled in teaching, public speaking, coaching, and music. Aram is a graduate of Western Seminary with a Master's Degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. 
    Aram does a great job in explaining to us the context of discipleship in the Portland Metro area, a predominately post-christian, or non-churched population. You'll hear the wise advice his boss gave him when he came into the role, the freedom they give their leaders to lead, and the opportunities Aram sees everyday to show people the love of Jesus! 

    Thanks for listening and sharing this episode with a friend!

    SHOW LINKS:
    The Nateland Podcast  
    Film Spotting  
    Political Gabfest   
    The Emotionally Healthy Leadership Podcast  

    • 32 min
    Next Gen Ministry with Jana Magruder and Chuck Peters

    Next Gen Ministry with Jana Magruder and Chuck Peters

    Welcome back to another episode of Group Answers with Brian Daniel. Today on the show we have Jana Magruder and Chuck Peters to talk about next generation ministry.

    Jana Magruder serves as the Strategic Initiatives Director of Lifeway Kids. With a background in education, publishing, and ministry, she loves championing the local church to help families disciple kids of all ages. She is the author of Nothing Less: Engaging Kids in a Lifetime of Faith. Jana and her husband, Michael, are native Texans planted in Tennessee and love to explore both states with their three teenagers.

    Chuck Peters is Director of Lifeway Kids. Before his role at Lifeway, Chuck had a prolific career in television and video production. He is a 3-time Emmy Award Winning producer, director, writer and on-screen talent. A graduate of Columbia Bible College, Chuck, and his wife, Cris, have served in Student and Children’s Ministry for many years.

    For too long we've approached ministry with the same assumptions that we've had from our past. Chuck and Jana challenge us to learn the uniqueness of each generation and lean into adjusting our approaches to be most effective. Through fun, participation, and making kids feel like they belong, they share with us how they've created effective resources to equip leaders to reach the next generations with the truth of Christ.


    SHOW LINKS:
    Flip the Script
    Free Flip the Script Download
    Atonement for a Sinless Society
    HYFI

    • 37 min
    Caring for Members with Darryl Wilson

    Caring for Members with Darryl Wilson

    Most Americans tend to open their garage, drive in, close the garage, and never see their neighbors. Does the "cocooning" nature of our society have an impact on biblical community? How can we care for those around us, our neighbors, coworkers, church members, etc. if we aren't being interntional in our interactions? On today's show Darryl Wilson shares practical aspects to caring for those in our groups and churches, different models and trends in discipleship around the world, and why he is more optimistic than ever before!

    As a Belmont alumni, Darryl Wilson has served as a Sunday School and Discipleship Consultant for the Kentucky Baptist Convention since 1997. He has also served as Minister of Education in Kentucky and South Carolina. Darryl is married with two adult sons and multiple grandchildren.

    Thanks for listening and sharing this episode with a friend!

    Show links:
    -Caring: Caring for Members and Friends in Sunday School and Bible Study Groups

    • 33 min
    Ministering to Men with John Simons

    Ministering to Men with John Simons

    In a world where men are looking for self-improvement and coaching, is the church the place where they can find that? On today's show Brian and Joel discuss this topic with John Simons. 

    John Simons was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut and raised in Orange County, California. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at California Baptist University (CBU), M.A. Philosophy & M.Div from Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and is a PhD student in Ethics & Public Theology at Southern Seminary. He previously led in Small Group ministry and served as the Men’s Community Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. Currently, John and his family live in Franklin, TN, where he has the privilege of being the Men’s and Sports Pastor at Rolling Hills Community Church. He has been married six years to his wife, Kristen, who he shares two children with. 

    John's heart is to help men grow in their relationship with God and be the leader their family and community needs them to be. Thanks for listening and sharing this episode with a friend!

    SHOW LINKS:
    The Toxic War on Masculinity

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

RickBailey ,

Leaders Need Leaders Too

Guys, I can’t thank you enough for your podcast. As a new lay leader of our church’s group and Sunday School ministries, I’m finding a wealth of great information by listening to you and your guests. I especially like the openness and vulnerability of your guests as they share personal testimonies of their ministries. Please keep up the great work. A personal request is to include podcasts for the ministry lay leaders (not the small group leaders), on how ministry leaders can invest in and train group leaders in areas that are needed and how we can increase and grow the number of small groups in our church. God bless.

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Enneagram Episodes

Loved the enneagram episodes! I am listening for the second time now that I know my number. Thanks for my new obsession!

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Long Introduction

Episode #127: Just finished your episode on Spiritual Practices. The introduction seemed long to me. You could get into the main content sooner. Other than that your podcast was great.

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