Small Group Resources
There are four Giving in Grace resources for small groups within the local church. Three are Bible studies, the fourth, Your Money Counts is a practical, hands on approach to the management of personal finance.
- Study Exodus! This five week bible study course explores the theme of money and possessions in the Exodus story. The study which complements the Preach Exodus preaching track and follows the journey of Israel from slavery to freedom, from poverty to extraordinary generosity in building the desert tent of meeting. Group members learn to tell their “money autobiography”.
- Study 2 Corinthians! is a four week course looking at Paul’s teaching about giving found in 2 Corinthians chapters 8 and 9, teaching in which he never once uses the word "money". Like Study Exodus it encourages the telling of a money autobiography
- Study Luke! offers five standalone bible studies based on passages from St Luke's Gospel and complement a range of Sunday preaching resources on the Luke lectionary readings.
- Your Money Counts is a six week practical guide from money education charity Credit Action on handling personal finance with an optional seventh week looking at what the Bible has to say.
- Seasons of Giving is a four week small group bible study course looking at money and giving. Published by Stewardship, the materials are free for download from their website library.
- The global recession is an issue that has impacted on people of every walk of life. The Rt Rev David Jennings' address to the Liverpool Diocesan Synod can be utilized as a discussion starter for this topic. Further small group discussion materials about the Recession are also available the Red2Black website.
Small groups play are effective in Christian formation. Bringing the bible story and our life story together can be incredibly creative and effect lasting change in our attitudes and actions around money.
- Churches should explore the option of using small groups but they will not suit every situation and no planning group should feel compelled to establish them.
- Discussion of small groups is an agenda item for the third meeting of the Planning Group.
- If it is right to invest time in establishing small groups see the brief guidelines at Managing Small Groups.