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

Stressed Out

“How are you doing?” That’s a question we are asked often. And we’ve got a litany of standard responses: “Good.” “Tired.” “Busy.” But if we’re a little more thorough and honest, our answers would sound more like this: “Our financial situation isn’...


What does it mean to have a faith of our own? What does it mean to have a faith that we’ve made personal to us? Not our parents’ faith, not our friends’ faith or the churches’ faith— our own faith. We have faith because ...


Everybody has a favorite movie, right? One they could watch over, and over, and over again? No matter what movie you claim as your favorite, chances are it includes one very important element that makes a great story: conflict. Whether it’s Harry Potter taking ...

The Promise of Christmas

There are so many great things about the Christmas season. The lights, the decorations, the presents, the treats, and the endless holiday movies on TV. For Christians, the highlight of Christmas is the story we celebrate every season: the birth of Jesus! Today, we know ...

Real Life

What does it look like to have a real life? In a world in which presenting the perfect social media presence and creating a curated online profile is more important than ever, it can be hard to figure out what’s actually real and what’...


The word blessed has become a pretty common word used in a lot of different situations. We use it to describe anything from winning a game or award to signifying wealth. We sometimes think we’re “blessed” when we feel like things are going the ...


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.


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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