ABOUT THE BOOK
Leading a conversation with a small group of teenage girls isn’t always easy.
Sometimes they talk too much—way too much. Sometimes they don’t talk enough. And sometimes you’re pretty sure your volunteer training didn’t quite prepare you for the sort of things they’d like to talk about. Actually, if you’ve been a small group leader for at least five minutes, you probably already know what it’s like for a small group conversation to totally bomb.
So if you’ve ever looked at your small group and wished you knew what to say, what not to say, when to speak, when to listen, how to make them talk, how to make them stop talking, then The Art of Group Talk is for you. Because, as a small group leader, you lead a conversation with teenagers every single week. Conversations about their lives, their dreams, their friends, their imaginary friends, and their definitely-not friends. And sometimes you even manage to lead conversations about faith. These books can remind you that your small group conversations—even the ones that don’t go exactly as planned—really matter. But there are a few ways to make your conversations matter even more.
The Art of Group Talk is part of a series of books for leaders of kids, teenage girls, and teenage guys.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“As a mom and a ministry leader, I know how crucial it is for my preschooler to understand the basic truth that ‘God made me.’ The Creation Story tells the story of the whole of creation in a fun rhyme and beautiful illustrations all the while reminding preschoolers they are God’s greatest, most important creation. This book is a must have for me in my small groups and in my home!”
—Kelly Stockdale, Family Director, The Hill
“What a great book for introducing children to the story of creation—they will want to read it over and over it again! It’s captivating, fun to chant aloud, and a great way to begin reading God’s Word with any age.”
—Lauren Bowman, writer and mother of five
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Ashley Bohinc serves as director of Middle School Strategy at Orange. She has worked with students in public education, athletic, and ministry settings since 2005. Ashley is most passionate about resourcing the local church, communicating on stage, developing leaders, working with students, and world missions. Additionally, she is the USA Director of Carry 117, a ministry in Ethiopia, which focuses on orphan prevention and family preservation by empowering women. In her downtime, you’ll find her watching Friends, cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers, traveling, or on one of her Fairytale Friday Adventures.
Crystal Chiang is the director of XP3 High School Curriculum. Before joining the team at Orange, she spent 10 years as a high school Spanish teacher and student ministry leader, doing everything from small groups, to speaking, to curriculum design. She currently volunteers at her church as a leader of sophomore girls whose numbers are creating what might be deemed a not-so-small group. They keep her laughing, praying, and constantly on her toes. Crystal and her husband, Tom, live in Atlanta, Georgia, with their embarrassingly ill-tempered chihuahua, Javier.