More than just a curriculum

A Strategy for Effective Adult Small Group Ministry

A Better Strategy
A Better System
A Better Experience

Live a Better Story is a new approach to small group ministry for the adults in your church. It’s not just incredible curriculum, it’s a strategy to help your church become more effective with adult small groups.

Developed by the minds that brought you Orange and written by today’s leading pastors and communicators, Live A Better Story is a subscription-based adult small group strategy that includes an ever-growing library of Bible studies. We say it's more than just a curriculum because it takes care of every aspect of small group ministry for your church.

It provides the structure for your church to set-up and launch small groups. It provides incredible resources to help prepare and support your small group leaders. And finally, it brings the Bible into practical, thought-provoking studies and series for the members of your small groups. The content, strategy and resources are designed to give each member a chance for a better story for their lives.

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Bible Studies

Dinner With Jesus

Some of our most meaningful memories revolve around sharing a meal with people. Whether it’s a Thanksgiving Dinner, a birthday celebration, or just a random Tuesday with the people we love, food has a way of taking an ordinary gathering and making it more ...


In a world that can sometimes feel full of disappointments and difficult circumstances, the idea of making the choice to see any sort of joy may seem a little out of touch. It’s hard to feel joy when it’s a struggle to pay ...


Have you ever been told you have a “green thumb?” If you have, then you know just how big of a compliment that is! The work of sowing, growing, caring for, and keeping your plants and garden alive isn’t easy. In fact, any novice, ...

Your Move

Family. Like them or not, we’ve got all one. Whether the relationships with our family are strained or non-existent, whether we just tolerate our family or genuinely enjoy them, whether we cringe at the thought of them or light up at the idea of ...


Danielle Strickland

Danielle Strickland loves Jesus, and she loves people. Her aggressive compassion has loved people firsthand in countries all over the world where she has embraced, learned, cared, evangelized, taught, and exhorted individuals and crowds to surrender to the boundless love of our great God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. She has sought to cultivate authentic Christian community in deprived neighborhoods on the way to loving the last and the lost and the least into God’s Kingdom. God is using her to help equip followers of Jesus in discipleship, holiness, justice, and evangelism by teaching, preaching, and writing. Danielle’s has written, Just Imagine: The Social Justice Agenda, Challenging Evil: Dispatches from the front lines of radical justice, The Liberating Truth: How Jesus Empowers Women, A Beautiful Mess; How God Recreates Our Lives, Boundless; Living Life in Overflow.

Sherry Surratt

Sherry Surratt is the former CEO of Mothers of Preschoolers International as well as a shoe junkie and coffee lover. Before joining MOPS, Sherry served at Leadership Network and as a staff pastor at Seacoast Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Sherry is the co-author of Just Lead! A No Whining Guide for Women Leaders in the Church, Beautiful Mess, a bible study for real moms, and the author of Brave Mom: Facing and Overcoming Your Real Mom Fears.


The small group adult curriculum is rich, relevant and thought-provoking. Small groups will enjoy the teaching video, small group questions and daily scripture that is sure to encourage and inspire those seeking to build their relationship with Jesus and each other!

Heather Binkley

So we went to reading the script. A bit better. Then that went to asking the questions. Breaking down the script with questions. Reading some more of script. Answering questions. Let me tell you we love it. We never have enough time to get through the conversation. We have had one adult who has been going to church for years actually accept the Lord for the first time. I have a 70's plus adult who tells me that she has been going to Sunday School since she was a kid and for the first time in her life she looks forward to coming on a Sunday morning.

Leader Training

Lead a Better Story


Lead A Better Story provides ongoing training and support for: how to build an effective small group ministry AND how to be an effective small group leader! We’ve created several training resources, videos and guides to help the church design and implement a Small Groups model.

These materials include:

  • Guides on how to use the Live a Better Story website.
  • Guides on how to recruit, interview, choose, and train small group leaders.
  • Guides and videos to help the small group leader create environments that develop rapport between the small group members.
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