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Facilitator Resources

Small Group Meeting format:

  • Opening:  Ice breaker question
  • Silence: Spend 1-3 minutes in Centering Prayer / Silence
  • Read the scripture from the past Sunday here
    • Additional materials could also be used here sometimes
  • Discussion:
    • What struck you?
    • How can you apply it to your life?
    • Use the Reflection Questions written by the preacher.
  • Prayer requests
  • Question on Spiritual Practices: Quick round-robin format: What are you committing to for your own spiritual practice this week? This can be as simple as saying “I will be in worship this week”, or “I’m going to do the daily Bible readings”.
  • Close in prayer

Here is a helpful list of guidelines for group leaders and participants:

  • Frame every gathering in prayer
  • Always include Scripture
  • Commit to honesty and confidentiality
  • Attend faithfully
  • Accept differing points of view
  • Hold one another accountable
  • Pray for one another daily
  • There’s no one special secret to success

These resources will help prepare you:

Amplify Video:
Stream 1000’s of study, worship, and devotional videos.
Access anytime, anywhere, on any device.

Need a new book, resource or study?

  • Browse books – Aldersgate Room in Knox Hall
  • Curriculum library – John Barolo’s Office, Ministry Offices
  • Need recommendations? Contact John Barolo.

Questions? Need help? Contact John Barolo, Director of Discipleship, 813.253.5388 ext. 1231.

Online Resources:


Inspiration and Devotion

  • Upper Room Devotional – Daily devotional with scripture from the United Methodist Church
  • Sacred Space – Daily guided prayer from the Irish Jesuits
  • d365 – Daily guided prayer experience from the Episcopal church, Presbyterian Church USA and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship


Recommended Marriage Studies (all available in our Curriculum Library):

  • 10 Great Dates to Energize Your Marriage, Arp
  • Zimsum of Love, Bell
  • The Five Love Languages, Chapman
  • Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage, Gungor
  • Love to Stay: Sex, Grace and Commitment, Hamilton
  • Your Time-Starved Marriage, Parrott
  • iMarriage – Transforming Your Expectations, Stanley
  • Because Great Marriages Just Don’t Happen
  • The 4 Season’s of Marriage, Gary Chapman
  • Scary Close, Donald Miller
  • Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas
  • Team Us – Marriage Together, Ashleigh Slater
  • The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, Gary Chapman
  • The 5 Love Languages of Children, Gary Chapman