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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.

Group Answers Podcast with Chris Surratt and Brian Daniel LifeWay Leadership Podcast Network

    • Christianity
    • 4.7, 31 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 154: The Present and Future State of Sunday School

    Group Answers Episode 154: The Present and Future State of Sunday School

    On this episode of Group Answers, Chris interviews Ken Braddy about the current and future state of Sunday School.

    Resources Mentioned:



    * Questions to Ask Before Reopening Your Church



    Episode Sponsor:

    For more than 25 years, Portable Church® has helped thousands of churches launch strong and thrive in a mobile setting. They design custom solutions that fit each budget, vision, and venue. Everything you need to launch a mobile church — an inviting worship space, kids ministry areas, welcome spaces, storage cases, etc — all in a system refined to make it fast, easy & fun for the weekly volunteer teams.

    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.

    • 42 min
    Group Answers Episode 153: Adam Griffin & Elizabeth Woodson from the Culture Matters Podcast

    Group Answers Episode 153: Adam Griffin & Elizabeth Woodson from the Culture Matters Podcast

    On this episode of Group Answers, Brian and Chris talk to Adam Griffin and Elizabeth Woodson from the Culture Matters podcast.

    Adam Griffin is the lead pastor of Eastside Community Church in Dallas, Texas, a church plant of The Village Church. He is also the author of the forthcoming book, with Matt Chandler, titled Family Discipleship: Leading Your Home Through Time, Moments and Milestones. 

    Elizabeth Woodson is a writer, minister and sought-after teacher. She serves a minister for The Village Church Institute, where she teaches and writes curriculum for classes and other learning environments.

    Culture Matters started as a podcast of The Village Church, but now it’s its own, separate thing. It’s been going for over three years now. The podcast focuses on the intersection of faith and culture, exploring everything from sports, TV and movies to technology to politics and social issues.

    Questions Discussed:



    * What are we learning about ourselves during this time?

    * In terms of suffering well, what counsel would you give group leaders about how to manage our current circumstances?

    * How would you advise someone in managing a constructive — or even redemptive — conversation about COVID-19?

    * How do you envision the post-pandemic church?

    * What kind of leadership is required during times like this? Is it different than “peace time” or is leadership more universal?

    * How can we model what it looks like to abide in Christ?



    Resources Mentioned:



    * The Culture Matters Podcast



    Episode Sponsor:

    For more than 25 years, Portable Church® has helped thousands of churches launch strong and thrive in a mobile setting. They design custom solutions that fit each budget, vision, and venue. Everything you need to launch a mobile church — an inviting worship space, kids ministry areas, welcome spaces, storage cases, etc — all in a system refined to make it fast, easy & fun for the weekly volunteer teams.

    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
    Group Answers Episode 152: Is Your Group Post-Covid Ready?

    Group Answers Episode 152: Is Your Group Post-Covid Ready?

    On this episode of Group Answers, Brian and Chris talk about how to make sure your small group is ready to open back up to in-person gatherings. There are a few questions to think through first.

    Resources Mentioned:



    * Post: Is Your Small Group Post-Covid-19 Ready?



    Episode Sponsor:

    For more than 25 years, Portable Church® has helped thousands of churches launch strong and thrive in a mobile setting. They design custom solutions that fit each budget, vision, and venue. Everything you need to launch a mobile church — an inviting worship space, kids ministry areas, welcome spaces, storage cases, etc — all in a system refined to make it fast, easy & fun for the weekly volunteer teams.

    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
    Group Answers Episode 151: Joseph R. Myers on Preparing for Community Reentry

    Group Answers Episode 151: Joseph R. Myers on Preparing for Community Reentry

    On this episode of Group Answers, Brian and Chris talk to Joseph Myers about what community might look like on the other side of this pandemic.

    Joseph R. Myers is an entrepreneur, speaker, writer, and owner of josephrmyers.com, a consulting firm that assists organizations and individuals promote and develop healthy community and trust relationships. Author of best-selling books The Search to Belong and Organic Community, Myers is also Director of Marketing, Media and Communications at a film studio in Vancouver, BC.

    Myers works with some of North America’s leading and most innovative organizations and faith-based businesses to strategize and re-imagine how to develop trusting, successful communities that result in a strong top- and bottom-line growth.

    Resources Mentioned:



    * JosephRMyers.com



    Episode Sponsor:

    For more than 25 years, Portable Church® has helped thousands of churches launch strong and thrive in a mobile setting. They design custom solutions that fit each budget, vision, and venue. Everything you need to launch a mobile church — an inviting worship space, kids ministry areas, welcome spaces, storage cases, etc — all in a system refined to make it fast, easy & fun for the weekly volunteer teams.

    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
    Group Answers Episode 150: Kevin Harris on Radical Mentoring

    Group Answers Episode 150: Kevin Harris on Radical Mentoring

    On this episode of Group Answers, Brian and Chris talk to Kevin Harris about how church leaders can engage members in small group mentoring.

    Kevin Harris is the President of Radical Mentoring, an intentional small group mentoring process to help church pastors engage men, build a core group of leaders, and transform their churches. Kevin is passionate about being a resource for church leaders that have incorporated small group mentoring into their disciple-making strategy. He and his wife Susan live in Atlanta with their two sons.

    Resources Mentioned:



    * Radical Mentoring



    Episode Sponsor:

    For more than 25 years, Portable Church® has helped thousands of churches launch strong and thrive in a mobile setting. They design custom solutions that fit each budget, vision, and venue. Everything you need to launch a mobile church — an inviting worship space, kids ministry areas, welcome spaces, storage cases, etc — all in a system refined to make it fast, easy & fun for the weekly volunteer teams.

    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.

    • 27 min
    Group Answers Episode 149: Why VBS Still Matters

    Group Answers Episode 149: Why VBS Still Matters

    On this episode of Group Answers, Brian and Chris talk to Melita Thomas about Vacation Bible School and why it still matters in the life of the church. Melita also gives tips on how to still host a VBS in this time of social distancing.

    Melita Thomas serves as LifeWay’s VBS and Kids Ministry Specialist and was previously an editor of LifeWay’s VBS resources.

    Resources Mentioned:



    * LifeWay VBS Resources



    Episode Sponsor:

    For more than 25 years, Portable Church® has helped thousands of churches launch strong and thrive in a mobile setting. They design custom solutions that fit each budget, vision, and venue. Everything you need to launch a mobile church — an inviting worship space, kids ministry areas, welcome spaces, storage cases, etc — all in a system refined to make it fast, easy & fun for the weekly volunteer teams.

    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.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

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31 Ratings

31 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.

BikesBrookie ,

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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