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

Story of My Life

Everyone loves a good story. It’s what drives us to stay up longer at night than we intended—binge watching or binge reading—and there’s something about stories, no matter the genre, that attracts us. The truth is, we’re all living a ...

Stress Less

What stresses you out? Work? Kids? In-laws? Finances? There seems to be no shortage of things that can stress us out in life. And while what stresses you out might be different from what stresses someone else out, we all face feelings of stress, worry, ...

Parenting Through the Phases

You have approximately 936 weeks from the time your child is born until he or she graduates from high school. It goes by fast, and kids change and grow quickly. It’s as if they shift or move on just as you begin to figure them ...

Gratitude Rocks

Growing up, do you remember your parents constantly reminding you to say “thank you” when someone did something or gave something to you? And maybe now if you’re a parent, do you find yourself always reminding your kids to do the same? We all ...

Through The Darkness

Let’s be real—the world can often feel like a dark place. If you spend any time watching cable news, it can seem like the world is constantly in some state of crisis. Every day brings another crisis, another injustice, and another tension. And ...

One Big Story

The Bible is a big story. It’s the story of the beginning and the way God created the world. It’s the story of God’s people and how He loved and led the Israelites. It’s the story of a great rescue by ...

Contributors

Reggie Joiner

Reggie Joiner is the founder and CEO of Orange, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to influence those who influence the next generation. Orange provides resources and training for churches and organizations that create environments for parents, kids and teenagers. Prior to Orange, Joiner co-founded North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, with Andy Stanley. During his 11 years as the executive director of family ministry, he developed a new concept for relevant ministry for children, teenagers, and married adults. Joiner has authored and co-authored books including, Think Orange, The Think Orange Handbook, Zombies, Football, and the Gospel, Seven Practices of Effective Ministry, Parenting Beyond Your Capacity, Lead Small, and Creating a Lead Small Culture.

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.

Testimonials

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

A SMALL GROUP LEADER TRAINING STRATEGY

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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