A Note from Ned Erickson

When I was in college, I was asked to lead a small group. I had been in small groups before, but this was the first one I had to lead. I honestly didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I just kind of hacked something together: Start with an icebreaker. Read some Bible. Ask a couple questions. Come up with an application. Pray.

It went OK. Eventually, I got better at it. I got to the point I could do it without preparing that much. Then, I was asked to help others lead small groups. Again, I didn’t have a clue. “Start with an icebreaker,” I said, and so on and so forth. I never really checked up on them to see how much my help was helping.

A few years ago, I started wondering if there was another way, something different than my ice breaker, read some Bible, ask some questions…model.

I looked into the curriculums that were out there, and honestly, they felt too prescriptive. Read this. Ask this. Say this. There were fill in the blanks. I never understood what the fill in the blanks were for.

So I decided to write my own.

This was my thought: My best discussions were never in small groups; they were around the table after we listened to a good sermon. So what if I could create a small group that reflected that?

I thought to myself: What if I wrote talks down, we read them together, and we talked about them afterward—would it work? It was worth a try.

So that’s what I did. I wrote these little books, and we started talking about them. And guess what? It worked! It more than worked. They were some of the best discussion I’ve ever had.

So Kit Sublett and I have put these books together in what we are calling the 426 Series.

I hope you will enjoy these books. And I hope you will find them to be a great tool as you help others lead their small groups!

In His Grip,