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Women's Groups Curriculum Guide

The following studies (displayed by topic) come highly recommended by our Women's Groups Team. Some of the studies are specifically for couples. All are studies our Women's Groups have found helpful and interesting. 

If you are having trouble selecting and would like to follow a suggested track, you will find a sample plans here:

 
 

Tips for creating a study plan:

  • Balance your group with light-hearted spontaneity as well as intentionality and planning (Learn More).
  • Consider your group's capacity. It's not great to go from one homework-heavy study to the next. Balance studies with more preparation time (especially those that require homework like books) with those that allow group members to show up with little to no preparation. 
  • Start new groups with studies that help you get to know one another (building trust and community) and then move to studies that help you grow spiritually (application/accountability) (See More Starting Well Resources).
  • Begin groups focusing on topics of interest, but be sure to cover a range of topics (at least one for each of the three sections below). Also, be sure to focus on Scripture during your time together (Learn More on Scripture Focus).
  • A great question to ask yourself: Spiritually, where are my group members now, and what might be their best next steps? (Learn More)
 

Section one: God

 
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Videos:

  • Radical Hospitality (Beck)
  • Starting Point (Stanley) 
  • Follow (Stanley)

Books:

  • Ragamuffin Gospel (Manning)
  • Prodigal God (Keller)
  • How Good is Good Enough? (Stanley)
  • Jesus Christ (John Stott Bible Study Series)

Scripture:  

  • Ephesians 1–2:10
  • Colossians 1–2
  • 1 Corinthians 15
  • Romans 3
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Videos: 

  • Five Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith (Stanley)
  • Prayer Dashboard (groupleaders)
  • Spiritual Growth (Scroggins)

Books: 

  • The Spirit of the Disciplines (Willard) 
  • Sacred Rhythms (Ruth Haley Barton)
  • Growth: Training vs. Trying (Ortberg)

Scripture:

  • Matthew 6
  • Hebrews 12
  • Psalm 119
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Videos:

  • Core vs. Periphery (Anthology, 1 week)
  • Bible Project Videos:
    • What is the Bible?
    • Story of the Bible
  • What Love Is (Minter)
  • Seamless (Smith)

Books:

  • SOURCE Studies (groupleaders) 
  • 30 Days to Understanding the Bible (Anders)
  • Philippians (New Community Bible Studies)

Scripture:

  • Deuteronomy 6
  • 2 Timothy 3

Section two: Me

 
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Videos:

  • Renovate (Anthology)
  • Free (Stanley)
  • Restless: Because You Were Made for More (Allen)
  • Comparison Trap (Stanley)

Books:

  • The Gift of Being Yourself (Benner)
  • The Me I Want to Be (Ortberg)
  • Living Free (Moore)

Scripture:

  • Galatians 1-6
  • Romans 5, 8
  • 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
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Videos:

  • The Best Yes (TerKeurst)
  • Take Assessment as a Group and discuss
    • Spiritual Pathways
    • Spiritual Gifts
    • Temperaments Assessments 
    • Enneagram

Books:

  • Looking for Lovely (Downs) 
  • Enemies of the Heart (Stanley) 

Scripture:

  • Psalm 139
  • Proverbs 18
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Videos:

  • Breathing Room (Stanley)
  • Restless: Because You Were Made for More (Allen)
  • Present over Perfect (Niequist)
  • How to Get What You Really Want (Stanley)

Books:

  • When Work and Family Collide (Stanley) 
  • Finishing Strong (Farrar)
  • Ask It (Stanley)

Scripture:

  • 1 Corinthians 9-10
  • Matthew 6:19-34
  • James 4
  • Philippians 2
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Videos:

  • Guardrails (Stanley)
  • Me & My Big Mouth (Stanley) 

Books:

  • Enemies Of The Heart (Stanley)
  • Louder Than Words (Stanley)
  • No Other Gods (Minter)

Scripture:

  • Psalm 15
  • Matthew 23
  • Philippians 2
  • 1 Timothy 3:1-13

Section 3: Others

 
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Videos:

  • The New Rules of Love, Sex & Dating (Stanley)
  • What Happy Couples Know (Stanley)
  • The Power of Words (Lowe)
  • Future Family (Stanley)
  • Unglued (TerKeurst)

Books:

  • For Men Only (Feldhahn)
  • For Women Only (Feldhahn)
  • 5 Love Languages (Chapman)
  • Boundaries (Cloud & Townsend)

Scripture:

  • Ephesians 5:21-6:4
  • Colossians 3
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Videos:

  • Parent Unscripted (Stanley)
  • Parenting Through the Phases (Orange)
  • Birds on a Wire (Stubbs)

Books

  • Loving Our Kids on Purpose (Silk)
  • No More Perfect Moms (Savage)

Scripture:

  • Ephesians 6:4
  • Colossians 3
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Videos:

  • Address the Mess (Stanley)
  • Vulnerability (Brown)
  • Empathy (Brown)

Books:

  • We Saved You a Seat (Baker)
  • Move Toward the Mess (Hambrick)

Scripture:

  • Acts 2:42-47
  • Romans 12
  • Ephesians 4
  • John 17
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Videos:

  • Everyday Evangelism (Cooper)
  • Radical Hospitality (Beck)
  • Christian (Stanley)

Books:

  • Visioneering (Stanley) (Especially Chapter 12)
  • Love Does or Everybody Always (Goff)
  • StrengthFinders (Rath)

Scripture:

  • Matthew 5
  • Colossians 3
  • Romans 12
  • 1 Corinthians 12