I was going to post this as a poll, but when I started thinking about all the choices I wasn't sure I could list a succinct enough list to get your feedback. I'm working on a project right now that has me considering what small group Bible study leaders (and/or Sunday School leaders) believe is most important for them to be better equipped to lead a small group that is relevant and effective in today's culture. (I realize that may require you to operate from an assumption about the goals of a small group, but you can share that also if you wish as an introduction to your answer.) Are the participants of small groups you are affiliated helping lead participants to become doers of the Word and not hearers only? If yes, what do you think is making the difference between your group(s) and others out there that are merely gerbil wheel Bible studies? Is it a content issue? Is top notch commentary type content what it takes? Or is it more good commentary with incredible life application helps? What about organizational helps? Is this where the greatest need lies? Is it a need for leaders whose lives are being changed continually instead of Stagnant Stan leading the groups? What are your thoughts... maybe you'd like to just add some commentary thoughts about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of small groups that you see in today's church. Your input is appreciated and will no doubt be appreciated... and who knows... maybe if there is some consistency we can turn it into a poll at some point.