One of the events I look forward to every year is our Small Group Workshop. This year's workshop is on Thursday, August 12th at 10:00 here in the store. We cover the newest study guides and small group materials that have come out in the past year. This year we will have a representative from Zondervan to talk about some of their new materials. I, and a couple of my co-workers, will present materials from other publishers like IVP, LifeWay, Baker Publishing Group and Thomas Nelson. With the wealth of resources available it can be intimidating trying to sort through it all. I did a quick inventory of our study guides and we currently have 1,290 to choose from! That's a lot to wade through to find just the right study for your group. At the workshop we highlight some of the very best of what's available, saving you valuable time. It only lasts about an hour but we cover a lot in that time. We also provide a handout with not only the materials we present but other resources as well. People in the past have found this to be a valuable tool to annotate with notes and then use throughout the year as they plan their small group activities. The guide also includes several materials which are forthcoming in the next few months.
The event is free but we do ask that you RSVP by August 9th to reserve a seat. The store number is 616-957-3110 or if you're out of the area you can call toll free 866-241-6733. Some groups have a team of people who decide what the groups will study. This is the perfect time for the whole team to gather, view the new materials and make those strategic decisions.