ABOUT THE BOOK
Leading a conversation with a small group of teenage guys 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
Jeremy Zach spent nine years as a paid, professional youth pastor in the local church. Now Jeremy is an XP3 Orange Specialist and gets to spend most of his days connecting and resourcing student pastors all around the country. Jeremy has been married to Mikaela for eight years and he has two daughters and two calico cats. A few things that he enjoys are hot, hot sauce, YouTube cat videos, and loud EDM music.
Tom Shefchunas, or Shef as most people call him, has worked with students for over 20 years. He has been a teacher, a coach, a high school principal, and, until recently, the multi-campus director of middle school for North Point Ministries and the executive director of student strategy at Orange. Shef is currently the executive director of Youth Specialties. He and his wife, Julie, live in Cumming, Georgia, with their three kids.