Small Group Tools
Reading the book as a small group is for for believers who want to love other cultures right where they live but don’t know how to start—or move forward into something more.
The full version is for those who wish to experience most aspects of missional community at an introductory level with the same time commitment as the average church small group. It’s for those who want to discover their role in seeing people from cultures with least access to Jesus Christ come to faith—both across the street and around the world.
A shorter version of the small group is for those who want to befriend people from different backgrounds right where they live, going through the first section of the book called Across the Street.
But wait! There’s more! Check out the fun quiz below to jumpstart your group getting to know each other, and the Grow to Go Test assessment tool to take the first and last group time. AND yes, there’s video clip recommendations for each chapter.
Small Group Guides
Across the Street and Around the World is set up for small groups in three ways.
1. Use the Reflection Questions at the end of each chapter; the Small Group Plan, and the Bible Reading List in the back of the book; the quiz and assessment tool above, and supplemental videos to show for each chapter, and run the group how you prefer in an hour-long group time or book club format.
2. Use the free Across the Street Small Group Guide (Six Weeks) to help believers make friends and love people from different background and cultures, right where they live. This 1 1/2 hour group time covers the first five chapters of the book. This guide is perfect for the whole church to try.
3. Use the free Across the Street and Around the World Small Group Guide (3 months) to walk you step-by-step through the whole book in a creative, structured format that’s easy to follow…and includes food! This is planned around a two-hour (or so) format. But it’s flexible too. Take what you like and adapt what doesn’t work for your situation. Also, if you would prefer to do the book in twelve weeks instead of fourteen, we give suggestions for combining weeks.
What kind of Global Goer are you? Quiz
The first small group meeting, take out your phones and do this fun three-minute quiz together! You can find it easily at jeannie-marie.com on the menu bar. The group will get to know each other and create some bonding and laughs over personality types. As you mobilize your group to help them find a role in reaching the nations, knowing their “goer personality” (that includes GOING across the street too) will also help you use specific language that will be more inspiring to different types of people.
Here’s what you can tell your group: “Let’s take this fun quiz to find out what motivates you to make a difference in the world. Is your Global Goer personality type a Bleeding Heart, a Strategic Thinker, a Meaning and Purpose Person, an Adventure Traveler, an Obedient Disciple or a combination? Drawn from Chapter Nine in Across the Street and Around the World, we’ll read the book to find out how to put your personality to work in a global way that’s YOU!”
Grow to Go Test: An Assessment Tool
During a small group session, ask everyone to take this five-minute Grow to Go Test. It’s a tool to measure where we are, and where we can grow as goers—both here, and for some, perhaps far away. It will take about five minutes to complete. Make sure to enter an e-mail address so each person can get an e-mail copy of the test access at home and mark up. You could ask them to take out the written test again at the end, and take it again!
Here’s what you can say: “See where you land on the Grow to Go scale. This tool helps us know where we can grow in practicing crossing cultures with courage, confidence, compassion, and spiritual intentionality. The higher the score, the more likely we are following Jesus’ vision for us to make disciples of all nations. We’ll take the test again after we finish the book as we add more spiritual practices and cross-cultural habits in our lives to see how we’re growing. Remember, growing to go, means going both here and there.”