Calling all Housegroup Leaders

In her articles in the past two issues of Headline, Margaret Parker outlined and evaluated a whole range of Bible-based resources for small groups. In this issue, Margaret’s evaluation of all of them is set-out in the form of a table for ready reference. Full details of the resources are appended.


Part 1 - titles evaluated in the Winter 2006-7 issue of Headline
 
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
Lifebuilder
*****
****
*
*****
*****
A Journey through Advent  
*****
***
*
*****
**
*
The way of the cross
****
**
****
***
*****
*****
****
Simplicity, Love and Justice
*****
**
**
**
*
*****
*
*
Life Attitudes    
*****
*****
***
*****
*****
***
***
Life Balance
*****
*****
***
*****
*****
***
***
Connect Bible Studies
*****
(1)
**
*****
**
*****
****
****
Revival Living
****
****
*****
**
*
*

(1) except watching the film etc.

Part 2 - titles evaluated in the Spring 2007 issue of Headline
 
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
Essence
***
*****
***
*****
*
****
***
***
Exploring growing with God 
**
**
*****
Spring Harvest Bible Studies
****
****
***
****
*****
**
****
Equipped for Living
****
***
*
****
*
Multi-sensory Together  
****
*****
****
*****
****
*
*****
*****
Deeper Encounter:

Knowing Christ Crucified

*
*****
***
*****
*
****
Deeper Encounter: Love One Another
****
*****
*
*****
*
****
Bodybuilders 
*****
***
***
*****
***
****

 

Key :

The more stars, the better the resource meets the respective criterion.

A Application to daily living and/or follow-up activities how broadly the resource relates to Christian living
B Group activities (in addition to discussion) shared activities in the session
C Theological depth the level of theological insight offered
D Creative methods

a variety of interactive methods
E Use of Bible the resource is primarily Bible-based
F Life as starting point (excluding  ice-breakers) to what extent life experience sets the agenda
G Flexibility to what extent the resource can be adapted, and whether there are choices
H Ease of use helpful notes for leaders, no necessity for group members to read material beforehand, and clarity of format

 

Details of the resources reviewed

Lifebuilder series, Scripture Union, including Parables, SU 2000, £3.99, ISBN 1 85999 379 6; also Topical, Character Studies, Old Testament Books, New Testament Books

Cover to Cover Series: A Journey through Advent, Rob Frost, Crusade for World Revival, 2004, £5.99, ISBN 1853453129; Crusade for World Revival,  2005, £5.99, ISBN 1853453536

Simplicity, Love and Justice, James Odgers, Alpha International, 2004, £5.00, ISBN 1904074634

Life Attitudes, Robert Warren and Sue Mayfield, Church House Publishing, 2004, £3.99, ISBN 0715140469

Life Balance, Robert Warren and Sue Mayfield, Church House Publishing,  2005, £3.99, ISBN 0715140795

Connect Bible Studies - the Simpsons, SU, 2002, £3.99, ISBN 1 85999 529 2; plus Chocolat, Harry Potter,  Lord of the Rings, The Pullman

Trilogy, Friends, The Matrix, Iris, Superheros; check www.connectbiblestudies.com for many more titles

Revival Living, Stephen Gaukroger, Scripture Union, 2004, £4.99, ISBN:1844270424: 1 Timothy  in The Word made fresh! series which also includes Transition Living,  based on 1 Samuel and A Code for Living based on the 10 Commandments

Essence, Rob Frost, Kingsway, 2002, 160pp., £19.99, ISBN 1 8429 1111 2

Exploring growing with God, Colin Smith, Moorley’s, 2005, 56pp., £3.95, ISBN 0 8607 1581 7

Moses, Friend of God, Elizabeth McQuoid, Authentic Lifestyle, 2003, 64pp., £2.99, ISBN 1 8507 8519 4.  Check www.Springharvest.org for many more titles

Multi-Sensory Together, SU, 2005, 64pp., £9.99, ISBN 1 8442 7164 1.  Multi-Sensory Seasons, SU, 2005, 64pp., £9.99, ISBN 1 8442 7175 7 (Multi-Sensory Prayer, Multi-Sensory Scripture, Multi-Sensory Church not primarily for groups)

Equipped for Living, Florence MacKenzie, four titles.  Living out the life of Jesus - the fruit of the Spirit , SU, 2002, 96pp., £3.99, ISBN 1 8599 9430 X.  Also Living the kingdom lifestyle - The Beatitudes; Living empowered for ministry - the Gifts of the Spirit; Living under God’s protection - The Armour of God.

Deeper Encounter series, John Wilks: Knowing Christ Crucified, SU, 2006, 64pp., £12.99, ISBN 1 8422 7173 0; Love One Another , SU, 2006, 64pp., £12.99, ISBN 1 8442 7174 9.  Also in this  series: Slow to Anger and Playing Second Fiddle.

Bodybuilders series from SU has six titles including Surviving under Pressure, SU, 2002, 32pp., £3.50, ISBN 1 8599 9587 X.  Also Relationship Building, Designed for Great Things, Living for the King, Growing through Change, A Fresh Encounter.

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