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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, a Bible study and discipleship expert in LifeWay’s Groups Ministry, and Chris Surratt, the small group and discipleship specialist at LifeWay and author of Small Groups For The Rest Of Us.

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    • 4.7 • 36 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, a Bible study and discipleship expert in LifeWay’s Groups Ministry, and Chris Surratt, the small group and discipleship specialist at LifeWay and author of Small Groups For The Rest Of Us.

    Group Answers Episode 188: Evan Owens on Mental Health

    Group Answers Episode 188: Evan Owens on Mental Health

    On this episode of Group Answers, Brian and Chris check in again with Evan Owens about caring for people with mental health issues in our churches and groups. Evan currently serves as the Executive Director of REBOOT Recovery. He is certified in military ministry and has personally facilitated trauma recovery groups for over 350 combat veterans and military spouses. REBOOT is a non-profit that helps veterans, first responders and their loved ones to heal from the moral and spiritual wounds associated with service-related trauma.

    Questions



    * This year has obviously been a difficult time for mental health. What are you seeing in your practice at Reboot?

    * First responders and frontline health workers have been especially hit hard this year. How are you helping them, and what can we do?

    * What are steps we should take to make sure we are staying healthy through all of this?

    * How can group leaders best take care of hurting group members as they start to regather in 2021?

    * What should a leader do if someone in their care is in crisis?



    Resources

    REBOOT Recovery

    [If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can also text a crisis counselor by messaging 741741.]

    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, a Bible study and discipleship expert in LifeWay’s Groups Ministry, and Chris Surratt, the small group and discipleship specialist at LifeWay and author of Leading Small Groups.

    • 30 min
    Group Answers Episode 187: Leading in a Deeply Divided World

    Group Answers Episode 187: Leading in a Deeply Divided World

    On this episode of Group Answers, Chris talks to Will Johnston about how we navigate tough conversations in our groups, especially after the events of January 6.

    Will Johnston is the Director of Build Community at Eastside Community Church in Anaheim, California. Will graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in theology, did a two-and-a-half year stint on Capitol Hill, and then joined the staff of National Community Church in Washington D.C., where he oversaw small groups.

    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, a Bible study and discipleship expert in LifeWay’s Groups Ministry, and Chris Surratt, the small group and discipleship specialist at LifeWay and author of Leading Small Groups.

    • 28 min
    Group Answers Episode 186: What We Learned About Groups and Community During This Pandemic

    Group Answers Episode 186: What We Learned About Groups and Community During This Pandemic

    On this episode of Group Answers, Chris and Brian catch up with three previous guests about the lessons they learned from doing groups in 2020, and how they are going to apply them in 2021.

     





















    Ashley Anderson is community groups leader at Church of the City in New York, New York.

























    Dave Enns is the pastor of life group ministries at North Coast Church in San Diego, California.

























    Jon Hughes is adult ministries director at Community Christian Church in Chicago, Illinois.























    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, a Bible study and discipleship expert in LifeWay’s Groups Ministry, and Chris Surratt, the small group and discipleship specialist at LifeWay and author of Leading Small Groups.

    • 37 min
    Group Answers Episode 185: Bonus Classic with Andrew Peterson

    Group Answers Episode 185: Bonus Classic with Andrew Peterson

    On this classic episode of Group Answers, Brian and Chris talk to author and musician, Andrew Peterson.

    Andrew Peterson is an award-winning singer-songwriter and author. The second book in his Wingfeather Saga, “North! Or Be Eaten” (2009) won the Christy Award for Young Adult Fiction, and the fourth, “The Warden and the Wolf King” (2014) won Children’s Book of the Year in 2015 from “WORLD Magazine.”

    In 2008, driven by a desire to cultivate a strong Christian arts community, Andrew founded a ministry called The Rabbit Room, which led to a yearly conference, countless concerts and symposiums, and Rabbit Room Press, which has published thirty books to date. He’s been married for 24 years to his wife Jamie, with whom they have three children.

    His new book, “Adorning the Dark”, is both a memoir of Peterson’s journey and an encouragement for artists, written in the hope that his story will provide practical tools to others stumbling along in pursuit of a calling to adorn the dark with the light of Christ.

    Question asked:



    * Why did you decide to create The Rabbit Room community?

    * Community seems to be important to you – The Rabbit Room, Behold the Lamb of God tour – why is it important to have a community – even in the world of artists?

    * How do you keep a consistent community when you’re constantly on the road as a musician and speaker?

    * What prompted you to write “Adorning the Dark”?

    * For whom did you write this book? Can those who don’t work in the arts and may not consider

    themselves a creative person use this?

    * What is one thing you have learned about creativity and the Christian life in your 20 years as a

    singer/songwriter, that you wish you could go back and tell your younger self?

    * How does our calling as Christians intersect and inform the “great mystery of creativity”?



    Resources mentioned:



    * Adorning the Dark book

    * The Rabbit Room community



    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, a Bible study and discipleship expert in LifeWay’s Groups Ministry, and Chris Surratt, the small group and discipleship specialist at LifeWay and author of Leading Small Groups.

    • 31 min
    Group Answers Episode 184: Christmas Movies Bonus

    Group Answers Episode 184: Christmas Movies Bonus

    On this bonus episode of Group Answers, Chris and Brian talk about their favorite (and not so favorite) non-traditional Christmas movies.

    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, a Bible study and discipleship expert in LifeWay’s Groups Ministry, and Chris Surratt, the small group and discipleship specialist at LifeWay and author of Leading Small Groups.

    • 25 min
    Group Answers Episode 183: Reid Smith on Leader Self-Care

    Group Answers Episode 183: Reid Smith on Leader Self-Care

    On this episode of Group Answers, Chris and Brian talk to Reid Smith about how small group leaders can keep themselves spiritually healthy — especially during this season.

    Reid Smith has been equipping leaders in churches of all sizes and stages of growth for effective disciple-making since 1996. He lives in Wellington, Florida where he serves as a Groups Pastor at Christ Fellowship. You can find more of his helpful resources at www.reidsmith.org.

    Resources Mentioned

    Small Group Leader Self-Care Blog Post

    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, a Bible study and discipleship expert in LifeWay’s Groups Ministry, and Chris Surratt, the small group and discipleship specialist at LifeWay and author of Leading Small Groups.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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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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