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Ice Breaker Questions:
25 questions small group leaders can use to start engaging conversations with their few
(for groups of kids and students)

5 Small Group Leader Resources:
Includes editable SGL Business Card, Celebration Ideas, Faith Conversation Guide, SGL Goals, and Thank You Notes

Create a Safe Place Training Kit:
For equipping small group leaders to have better conversations with their groups, includes videos, outlines, slides, discussion questions, art files, marketing materials
(for groups of kids and students)
Read more about the Training Kit here

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The Art of Group Talk

by Afton Phillips and Adam Duckworth
Ashley Bohinc and Crystal Chiang
Jeremy Zach and Tom Shefchunas

Leading a conversation with a small group of kids or teenagers isn’t always easy.

Sometimes they talk too much—way too much. Sometimes they don’t talk enough. And sometimes you’re pretty sure your volunteer training didn’t quite prepare you for the sort of things they’d like to talk about. Actually, if you’ve been a small group leader for at least five minutes, you probably already know what it’s like for a small group conversation to totally bomb.

So if you’ve ever looked at your small group and wished you knew what to say, what not to say, when to speak, when to listen, how to make them talk, how to make them stop talking, then The Art of Group Talk is for you. Because, as a small group leader, you lead a conversation with kids or teenagers every single week. Conversations about their lives, their dreams, their friends, their imaginary friends, and their definitely-not friends. And sometimes you even manage to lead conversations about faith. These books can remind you that your small group conversations— even the ones that don’t go exactly as planned— really matter. But there are a few ways to make your conversations matter even more.

The Art of Group Talk is part of a series of books for leaders of kids, teenage girls, and teenage guys.

They are available at Orange and Amazon. (To purchase from Amazon, click here: kids, teenage girls, and teenage guys. Note that the special offer is available only for purchases from Orange.)


Click below to download a free sample of The Art of Group Talk.



Afton Phillips is the Lead Small director at Orange—which basically means she has been thinking about small groups, small group leaders, and small group strategies every single day since 2012. Before that, she spent three years working in children’s ministry at Browns Bridge Church and graduated from Johnson University with a degree in children’s ministry. But most importantly, Afton leads a small group of second graders every Sunday. If you want to be Afton’s best friend, all you need to do is buy her a black coffee and let her wear a tiara all day. She strongly believes tulle skirts should be worn every single day, and her favorite place is any giant used book store.


Adam Duckworth is the lead communicator at Downtown Harbor Church, a forward-thinking church committed to reaching families and embracing culture in its community. He transitioned to this role after spending nearly 15 years in family ministry. Adam is the co-author of Not Normal: Seven Quirks of Incredible Volunteers and Leading Not Normal Volunteers. He leads conferences for volunteers and serves as a communicator at Orange. He and his wife, Katelyn, live near the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, along with their petite goldendoodle, Dottie.


Ashley Bohinc serves as director of Middle School Strategy at Orange. She has worked with students in public education, athletic, and ministry settings since 2005. Ashley is most passionate about resourcing the local church, communicating on stage, developing leaders, working with students, and world missions. Additionally, she is the USA Director of Carry 117, a ministry in Ethiopia, which focuses on orphan prevention and family preservation by empowering women. In her downtime, you’ll find her watching Friends, cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers, traveling, or on one of her Fairytale Friday Adventures.


Crystal Chiang is the director of XP3 High School Curriculum. Before joining the team at Orange, she spent 10 years as a high school Spanish teacher and student ministry leader, doing everything from small groups, to speaking, to curriculum design. She currently volunteers at her church as a leader of sophomore girls whose numbers are creating what might be deemed a not-so-small group. They keep her laughing, praying, and constantly on her toes. Crystal and her husband, Tom, live in Atlanta, Georgia, with their embarrassingly ill-tempered chihuahua, Javier.


Jeremy Zach, or JZ, spent nine years as a paid, professional youth pastor in the local church. Now Jeremy is an XP3 Orange specialist and gets to spend most of his days connecting and resourcing student pastors all around the country. Jeremy has been married to Mikaela for eight years and he has two daughters and two calico cats. A few things that he enjoys are hot, hot sauce, YouTube cat videos, and loud EDM music.


Tom Shefchunas, or Shef as most people call him, has worked with students for over 20 years. He has been a teacher, a coach, and a high school principal. Currently, Shef is multi-campus director of middle school for North Point Ministries. His passions involve working with, recruiting, and developing the hundreds of volunteer small group leaders it takes to pull off Transit (North Point Ministries’ middle school environments). Shef and his wife, Julie, live in Cumming, Georgia, with their three kids. He is co-author of Lead Small: Five Big Ideas Every Small Group Leader Needs to Know.




Reggie Joiner
What you believe can open a door for a kid or teenager’s future.



Reggie Joiner and Tom Shefchunas
Five big ideas every small group leader needs to know.



Sue Miller and Adam Duckworth
Seven characteristics—quirks—that make volunteering at church a unique and fulfilling experience.


This offer is good September 8–November 10, 2017, at OrangeStore.org only.

Please allow up to eight business days for delivery within the continental US.

Once you have placed your order at OrangeStore.org, you will receive email(s) with link(s) to your downloadable bonus content. A link to the “25 Ice Breaker Questions” will be sent immediately upon purchase. If you purchase 25 or more books, please allow up to ten business days for delivery of the links to the additional bonus content. If you have questions, contact us at OrangeBooks@reThinkGroup.org.

You have permission from The reThink Group, Inc., to use “25 Ice Breaker Questions,” the five small group leader resources, and Create a Safe Place Training Kit for your own use. Please do not share, sell, post, email, or otherwise distribute the pages, images, videos, or other materials. Purchase and use of this special offer indicates your acceptance of these terms and conditions.

You have permission from The reThink Group, Inc., to print “25 Ice Breaker Questions” and the five small group leader resources, and to use Create a Safe Place Training Kit for training and equipping your small group leaders. Please do not share, sell, post, email, or otherwise distribute the pages, images, videos, or other materials. Purchase and use of this special offer indicates your acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Orange Books publishes nonfiction, in a variety of formats, with the goal of helping churches influence those who influence the spiritual growth of the next generation. We partner with well-known and emerging leaders to bring you proven and practical strategies to maximize that influence. Orange Books is an imprint of The reThink Group, Inc.


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