Here you'll find our top picks for small group material - there's DVDs, books and online studies listed.



The Prodigal God - Timothy J Keller

You know, that parable of the Prodigal Son you’ve probably heard about a million sermons about? Well, this is it through a completely different take. This is a short read, but it’s really powerful, and it’s suitable for anyone, those new to their faith or a few years down the track.

 courageCourage (with leader's guide) - Francis Chan

In these four inspiring sessions, Francis Chan opens up the Scriptures and shows students how their faith in Christ can give them the ability to live lives defined by courage. Students share real-life stories regarding their struggles and successes in the face of adversity.


Remembering The Forgotten God - Francis Chan (DVD and/or workbook)

Chan contends that we've ignored the Spirit for far too long, and we are reaping the disastrous results. Thorough scriptural support and compelling narrative form Chan's invitation to stop and remember the One we've forgotten, the Spirit of the living God.


Living Crazy Love - Francis Chan (DVD and/or workbook)

Chan wants everyone to come to terms with this impossible, relentless, crazy love of God. God doesn't want your begrudging leftovers or even your good intentions. Explore God's love with this cool resource.


NOOMA - Rob Bell

If you haven’t seen one of these, you must have been hiding under a rock the past few years. Rob Bell presents short, engaging teaching clips aimed at young adults. Each DVD comes with a booklet of discussion starters for small groups. I’d recommend the newer ones (#20 or later), as the older ones have been around a few times now.


Basic. Series - Francis Chan

A seven part DVD series accompanied by study guides. The first three DVDs explore the trinity and the final four parts explore the idea of church. A well-made and challenging set that can be watched individually or as part of a series.


Facing the Unknown: A Modern Day Look at the Life of Abraham - Jeff Pries and John Ward

Four part cinematic DVD series that show Abraham living in the 21st Century. What might he think and feel with the incredible steps of faith God asked him to take? After each short film, Mark Batterson will teaches on the Biblical principles from Abraham's story that apply to us today.


Five Things God Uses To Grow Your Faith - Andy Stanley (DVD and/or workbook)

In this new DVD study, Andy Stanley builds a biblical case for five things God uses to grow BIG faith. 6 sessions lead through by Andy Stanley and 6 full length sermons.



Liquid Series - Jeff Pries and John Ward

Liquid DVDs feature five ten-minute episodes in each series, each episode based around present-day characters mirroring biblical issues. Like NOOMA, they come with a reflection guide for your group.

 fuelFuel - QUEST

There’s now three series of Fuel available. They’re really comprehensive small-group material, with the DVD, commentary, teaching plans and handouts all coming in one handy package to create a super-good teen-aimed Bible study experience.

 becominggoodsamaratinBecoming a Good Samaritan - QUEST

There’s lots of famous people and influential speakers hosting these – it’s pretty impressive. Best of all, God will use this series. It’s six sessions of helping us figure out how to live out God’s love in today’s world. Becoming a Good Samaritan doesn’t just explore the issues of our culture, it starts us on the way to doing something about them.

 fivegoodthignsFive Things God Uses To Grow Your Faith - Andy Stanley

Andy Stanley’s pack includes six small-group sessions as well as a number of full-length messages. The series includes: Big Faith, Practical Teaching, Providential Relationships, Private Disciplines, Personal Ministry, and Pivotal Circumstances. I think it’ll be a winner with a slightly older group.


Fearless – Max Lucado

This is one of those wonderful books-adapted-to-small-group-kit things. So, I suggest you read the book, which is based on finding our hope in God in times of fear, and if you like it, purchase the DVD kit for use with your small group! Bonus.


The Trouble With Paris – Mark Sayers

This comes highly recommended by our very own TYS. It discusses how consumerism affects our lifestyle as young people, which is a really good issue for groups to be tackling. There’s four sessions with questions interspersed throughout each, so could be a good springboard for further study.


The Reason for God – Timothy J Keller

We live in an age of religious scepticism. This Discussion Guide and accompanying DVD will help you and your group learn how to engage others in dialogue on six common objections to Christianity.


 cryofmyheartThe Cry of My Heart - Tim Hawkins

Teaching on how to be a genuine disciple. Basically a step-by-step through The Sermon on The Mount, so a well-written and thought-provoking course with a solid biblical base. Working through the book with a mentor-ee would be fun, or use the Bible Study Booklet for seven weeks of small group study.


Disciples Who Will Last - Tim Hawkins

Inspiring and equipping – this is a complete strategy for training up a new believer into someone who’s building into others. Once again, Tim draws really strongly on Scripture as well as his own experience (thirty years, props to him).


Awesome on The Inside - Tim Hawkins

Like The Cry of My Heart, you could use either the book or Bible Study Booklet here. Awesome on The Inside helps youth check out their individual identity and calling, how that’s important, and encourages us to go after it with all we’ve got.


The “Growing Young Disciples” series - Tim Hawkins

There’s five short books in this series, which start right down at grassroots level and head through to “sticking with it”. These would be great if you have a few ‘just-saved’ ready to start out on a spiritual journey and you’re not sure how best to help them out.


The “Discipleship Training” series - Tim Hawkins

I think you get the idea – this guy’s totally about discipleship. This series is a bit more comprehensive and with way more sessions than the previous, so possibly better for a slightly older group. Other than that, I’m not really sure what the difference is. About $1 more expensive p/book, if your Corps Treasurer’s tight.


The Beautiful Disciplines - Martin Saunders

This book provides practical tools to help youth leaders to teach their teenagers to pray, study the Bible, live more simply, and discover the value in other ancient disciplines such as confession, fasting, solitude, study and worship. There are 12 short chapters, each suitable for one session.


The Complete New Testament Resource for Youth Workers - Livingstone Corporation

This looks like a REALLY worthwhile resource. Packed with more than 100 studies, and each one contains the topic overview, ideas for games, outlines for messages, study questions, and ideas to incorporate media or real-life experience into the teaching. Seems to be a good pick’n’mix of ideas if you’re just starting to get confident in leading studies based on your own material.

 jsbsJSBS Bible Book Studies - John Stott

John Stott is one of the world's leading and most loved Bible teachers and preachers. He's written a whole series of different Bible studies focussing on different books of the Bible (ie. Romans, Acts, 2 Timothy). Explore Scripture through questions, discussions and passages.

Teaching on how to be a genuine disciple. Basically a step-by-step through The Sermon on The Mount, so a well-written and thought-provoking course with a solid biblical base. Working through the book with a mentor-ee would be fun, or use the Bible Study Booklet for seven weeks of small group study.


Experiencing God: Youth Edition - Blackaby & King

I did this nine-weeker myself about a year ago, and it’s rad. Experiencing God teaches you how to hear from God and join in his will. There’s lots of personal application and in-your-own-time required, but fantastic for both older/newer believers. 18+ can probably handle the adult edition.


StrengthsFinder 2.0 - Tom Rath

This is ideal for you and your youth to discover heaps more about a) yourself, b) how you fit into your group, and c) how you fit into your Corps. It involves an online personality test, from which your top five strengths are found. Really good if youth are struggling to find their ministry calling or gifting. Highly recommend.


The Disciple Experiment Mike Yaconelli

I haven’t tried this one, but I want to. It’s two-in-one – six discussion-based group sessions as well as an individual thirty-day journey. It’s about connecting what Jesus went through with the stuff we face today. One pack gets you five student journals (day-by-day devotionals for the month), and a leaders’ guide with six Bible studies (complete with activity ideas, av options, and more…)


The “Higher” Series - Kevin Johnson

Follow, Think, Thrive and Soar. Catchy. These are for high school ages, and there’s a younger age-group tailored ‘Deeper’ series. These have twenty studies per book, chawoo. The Higher series really gets at what you believe and why, and how this affects your lifestyle, which means it’s sweet for you to figure out application. They’re fresh, and real. I like.


Studies on the Go - Laurie Polich

Each book has thirty studies from a chosen book of the New Testament, so they’re really good value. Just because these are ‘on-the-go’ doesn’t mean they skimp on depth, BUT if you do use these on a regular basis, make sure you’re not scared to go beyond the set questions and actual text.


Youthworks Bible Study Series - Sydney Anglican Youthworks

Produced by the Sydney Anglican “Youthworks” group, and really youth-aimed. There’s five to six studies in each book, and although focussed on one Bible book, they deal with issues like prayer, persecution, and relationships (minus the cringe factor!). Nice and flexible


Experiencing Christ Together series Doug Fields and Brett Eastman

There’s three of these – Beginning in Jesus, Connecting in Jesus, and Growing in Jesus, each with six small-group sessions. There’s also a DVD to go with each one – yay! This Doug Fields guy is from Saddleback and is TOTALLY onto it, so I’m expecting these to be pretty good. He also has a new “Live” curriculum (four years’ worth!) that you can check out on their site.



An intensive year-long small group packdesigned to disciple older young people. Click HERE for a PDF of the manual and click HERE for the mentor guidelines.



Enjoy the Silence - Duffy & Maggie Robbins

This is something different. A thirty-day exercise in just stopping and listening to God – something that I think in a world of noise, we’re pretty bad at. Enjoy the Silence is probably more suited to a mature group – it really focuses on meditating on the Word and making this a discipline. An individual journey that it’d be easier to walk together.



No Apologies – The Truth About Life, Love and Sex Jim Ware

I’ve heard it said that this is one of the best resources out for dealing with the whole ‘relationships’ thing – but also that it’s pretty explicit, so not for under 14s. Can be a great companion to purity studies, or stand-alone material.


10mm10min Devotionals - Various

There's a series of these books - all packed with different short, 10 minute-max devotionals which are perfect for the end of a youth gorup etc. Topics include, God, Jesus, 'Smart Stuff' and 'Plugged In'. Super helpful.

spotdevotionalsOn the Spot: No-Prep Devotions for Youth MinistryVarious

Inside you will find 20 devotions on topics like faith and science, cheating, heaven, drugs & alcohol, truth and media choices. Each 15-minute devotion is easy to use and rarely requires any special supplies.