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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

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 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 213: Trends in Student Groups

    Group Answers Episode 213: Trends in Student Groups

    On this episode of Group Answers, Brian and Chris talk to Drew Dixon about trends he is seeing in student groups. Drew is the Chief Content Nerd for Love Thy Nerd and the co-host of Humans of Gaming. He is also the editor of Explore the Bible: Students and co-hosts the weekly CaPC Digest podcast for Christ and Pop Culture. Drew has written for Paste Magazine, Relevant Magazine, Christianity Today, WORLD Magazine, and Think Christian. He lives in the Nashville, TN area with his wife and their three children.

    Upcoming Groups Conferences:

    Align Atlanta, October 12

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    Downline Ministries’ mission is to encourage a restoration of biblical discipleship in and through the local church by equipping men and women to know God’s Word and make disciples.

    The primary way we partner with churches is through the Downline Institute, a 9 month biblical discipleship training program that walks students through the Bible (Genesis-Revelation), biblical manhood/womanhood, and key discipleship lessons. Listeners can receive $100 off tuition cost by using the code LIFEWAY when you apply at www.downlineministries.com.

    • 18 min
    Group Answers Episode 212: What We Can Learn From the Gaming Community

    Group Answers Episode 212: What We Can Learn From the Gaming Community

    On this episode of Group Answers, Brian and Chris talk to Drew Dixon about what church small group ministries can learn from the gaming community. Drew is the Chief Content Nerd for Love Thy Nerd and the co-host of Humans of Gaming. He is also the editor of Explore the Bible: Students and co-hosts the weekly CaPC Digest podcast for Christ and Pop Culture. Drew has written for Paste Magazine, Relevant Magazine, Christianity Today, WORLD Magazine, and Think Christian. He lives in the Nashville, TN area with his wife and their three children.

    Upcoming Groups Conferences:

    Align Atlanta, October 12

    Episode Sponsor



    Downline Ministries’ mission is to encourage a restoration of biblical discipleship in and through the local church by equipping men and women to know God’s Word and make disciples.

    The primary way we partner with churches is through the Downline Institute, a 9 month biblical discipleship training program that walks students through the Bible (Genesis-Revelation), biblical manhood/womanhood, and key discipleship lessons. Listeners can receive $100 off tuition cost by using the code LIFEWAY when you apply at www.downlineministries.com.

    • 16 min
    Group Answers Episode 211: Susan Hill on Editing a Bible Study

    Group Answers Episode 211: Susan Hill on Editing a Bible Study

    On this episode of Group Answers, Brian and Chris talk to Susan Hill about what it takes to edit a Bible study. Susan Hill is a writer, Bible teacher, and full-time editor at Lifeway. She is the author of “Dangerous Prayers: 50 Powerful Prayers That Changed the World,” as well as numerous devotional books. She and her husband John live near Nashville, TN, with two unruly goldendoodles. You can follow her blog at susanhillblogs.com.

    Upcoming Groups Conferences:

    Align Denver, June 29

    Align Atlanta, October 12

    Episode Sponsor



    Downline Ministries’ mission is to encourage a restoration of biblical discipleship in and through the local church by equipping men and women to know God’s Word and make disciples.

    The primary way we partner with churches is through the Downline Institute, a 9 month biblical discipleship training program that walks students through the Bible (Genesis-Revelation), biblical manhood/womanhood, and key discipleship lessons. Listeners can receive $100 off tuition cost by using the code LIFEWAY when you apply at www.downlineministries.com.

    • 29 min
    Group Answers Episode 210: Mark Croston

    Group Answers Episode 210: Mark Croston

    On this episode of Group Answers, Brian and Chris talk to Mark Croston about his new book, Big Results Leadership, and the Black Church Leadership and Family Conference.

    Mark A. Croston served as pastor to an urban congregation in Virginia for 26 years. He now serves as National Director of Black Church Ministries at Lifeway Christian Resources. He is also general editor of the YOU Bible Study Curriculum and is the author of Big Results: Sunday School and Black Church Life.

    Upcoming Groups Conferences:

    Align Denver, June 29

    Align Atlanta, October 12

    Episode Sponsor



    Downline Ministries’ mission is to encourage a restoration of biblical discipleship in and through the local church by equipping men and women to know God’s Word and make disciples.

    The primary way we partner with churches is through the Downline Institute, a 9 month biblical discipleship training program that walks students through the Bible (Genesis-Revelation), biblical manhood/womanhood, and key discipleship lessons. Listeners can receive $100 off tuition cost by using the code LIFEWAY when you apply at www.downlineministries.com.

    • 29 min
    Group Answers Episode 209: 4 Ways to Regather in Groups

    Group Answers Episode 209: 4 Ways to Regather in Groups

    On this episode of Group Answers, Brian and Chris talk about four ways for groups to regather this Fall.

    Upcoming Groups Conferences:

    Align Denver, June 29

    Align Atlanta, October 12

    Episode Sponsor



    Downline Ministries’ mission is to encourage a restoration of biblical discipleship in and through the local church by equipping men and women to know God’s Word and make disciples. 

    The primary way we partner with churches is through the Downline Institute, a 9 month biblical discipleship training program that walks students through the Bible (Genesis-Revelation), biblical manhood/womanhood, and key discipleship lessons. Listeners can receive $100 off tuition cost by using the code LIFEWAY when you apply at www.downlineministries.com.

    • 25 min
    Group Answers Episode 208: Tim Cosby on Making Coaching Work

    Group Answers Episode 208: Tim Cosby on Making Coaching Work

    On this episode of Group Answers, Brian and Chris talk to Tim Cosby about how to make coaching work with small group leaders.

    Tim Cosby is the co-founder of the Coaching-Based Ministry™ model, a revolutionary leadership development program that empowers people to grow spiritually through coaching. Tim’s model was developed to help pastors and Christian leaders with a more effective way to help people change. The model of just telling people what to do won’t lead to sustained life transformation. Tim discovered, after years of pastoring, that receiving information and advice alone does not lead to transformation and growth. Transformation happens only when a person becomes internally motivated to change.

    Upcoming Groups Conferences:

    Align Denver, June 29

    Align Atlanta, October 12

    Episode Sponsor



    Downline Ministries’ mission is to encourage a restoration of biblical discipleship in and through the local church by equipping men and women to know God’s Word and make disciples. 

    The primary way we partner with churches is through the Downline Institute, a 9 month biblical discipleship training program that walks students through the Bible (Genesis-Revelation), biblical manhood/womanhood, and key discipleship lessons. Listeners can receive $100 off tuition cost by using the code LIFEWAY when you apply at www.downlineministries.com.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 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.

RobertMcclure33 ,

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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