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This small-group study is more than a small-group study. It provides the components to create a powerful small-group experience, including video presentations, a leader's guide with activities for class sessions and home use, and a thoughtful, inspiring participant's book written by Adam Hamilton, the dynamic young pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. But it is more than that. A Pastor's Guide with CD-ROM provides the information and tools needed to create a congregation-wide event that will reach beyond the classroom, beyond the sanctuary, and into the community, bringing young people and families into the church who ordinarily might only stop by on Christmas or Easter. "Making Love Last a Lifetime is a comprehensive program for reaching new people, creating excitement, launching new small groups, and strengthening existing classes. It includes sermon starters and illustrations, marketing materials, and outreach tools built around an eight-week study on a topic that holds great interest for singles and married persons, both inside and outside the church. Designed for use in 60-90-minute sessions. For group or individual study, the book can be used by class participants during the study group meeting or at home for additional reflection. Includes detailed content for the eight session topics.
This Planning Kit contains 1 each of VHS - DVD - Leader's Guide - Participant's Workbook - Pastor's Guide. 8 video segments, each approximately 15 minutes in length, feature Adam Hamilton delivering his message about the topic with added elements graphic titles, key Scripture, and key points. The Participants' Workbook is used by class partcipants during the study group meeting, as well as functioning as a workbook for the participant couples to use at home for additional reflection and/or activities outside of the class time. The Leader's Guide contains information about how to use the resource (how to use the components, how to facilitate good group participation, and how to get the most out of each session.
Small-group members will explore the topics of love, marriage, and sex in order to:
1. gain biblical perspectives
2. reflect upon God's purposes for these intimate and important parts of their lives
3. discover new insights regarding concepts of commitment, discipleship, and call in relation to these topics
4. be encouraged to take steps to improve their marriages and intimate relationships
For more information about Adam Hamilton's studies, go to www.adamhamilton.cokesbury.com.
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Adam Hamilton is senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, one of the fastest growing, most highly visible churches in the country. The Church Report named Hamilton’s congregation the most influential mainline church in America, and he preached at the National Prayer Service as part of the presidential inauguration festivities in 2013 and was appointed to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Hamilton is the best-selling and award-winning author of Creed, Half Truths, The Call, The Journey, The Way, 24 Hours That Changed the World, John, Revival, Not a Silent Night, Enough, When Christians Get It Wrong, and Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White, all published by Abingdon Press. Learn more about Adam Hamilton at AdamHamilton.org.
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