A few years back our church hosted a high school “Girls Retreat.”  As part of the evening the girls were split into small groups to answer questions on various topics like service, prayer, outreach, the Bible, etc…

I thought I’d re-post these questions here since they might be really good for any small group discussion, not just girls.  I hope you find them helpful!

BIBLE READING

  • What is God teaching you from reading His Word right now?
  • What is your favorite book of the Bible? Why?
  • What is your favorite verse? Why?
  • How often do you read the Bible?
  • What is the most challenging thing for you about maintaining a consistent time of Bible study?

PRAYER

  • Do you have a consistent time each day you set aside for prayer? If so, when?
  • What do you find most frustrating about your prayer life right now?
  • How do you respond when it feels like your prayers aren’t being answered?
  • Give an example of a time when God answered one of your prayers in an unexpected way.
  • How do you feel about praying aloud in front of other people?
  • What kinds of things do you pray about?

SERVICE

  • Share one idea you have for a service project our youth group could do.
  • Tell about a service project you’ve been involved in that really impacted others.
  • What keeps you from serving others more?
  • What skills/abilities has God given you that you can use to serve Him?
  • What do you find most rewarding about serving others?
  • How do you feel if no one acknowledges or seems to appreciate your service?

OUTREACH/EVANGELISM

  • When is the last time you shared your faith with someone?
  • What is the hardest thing for you about sharing your faith?
  • Do you have friends that are non-believers? If not, where would be a good place to begin making non-Christian friends?
  • Tell about how someone sharing their faith with you led you to accept Christ.
  • Do you regularly pray for non-Christian friends?  What kinds of results have you seen?

RELATIONSHIPS

  • Tell about a relationship you have/had that significantly impacted your spiritual growth.
  • Do your closest friends help draw you closer to Christ or pull you from Him?
  • What characteristics are most important to you in a good friend?
  • How could you be a better friend?
  • Do you find it easier to relate to guys or girls? Why?
  • How could we make relationships stronger in our youth group?

AUTHENTICITY

  • Do you act the same way around various groups of people, or do you tend to change depending on who you’re around?
  • What is the most difficult part about just being yourself?
  • How can you tell when someone is being authentic?
  • What do you dislike about inauthentic people?
  • Name one thing you could change about yourself in order to be more authentic.
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Last weekend we took some of our boys down to SpringHill Camp for a junior high weekend.

We had a great time! While I was there I realized how much I love being around junior high youth. I got a chance to reconnect with some old friends and I got a chance to meet some new ones. The best part was the time to just hang out with our guys!

Our speaker for the weekend was Ben Glenn, The Chalk Guy. He does chalk drawing on sheets. He was pretty amazing. Here’s one odd fact we found out – he likes his sheets to be 50% cotton and 50% polyster.

Throughout the weekend I found myself thinking a lot about my daughter becoming a middle school’er even though that is years away. It made me a little sad. I don’t want her to grow up so fast!

On the brighter side, one of our jh guys found his long lost twin. Check it out!

My long lost twin

My long lost twin

SpringHill has been a really great camp that I highly recommend. Check ’em out!