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Posted July 27, 2011
From the snazzy cover to the concise title, you guess it--this is a book on small groups...or so it would seem. The foreword got my attention as I was promised great insights with impeccable writing. Now, don't get me wrong, Mosley is a great author who both writes well and knows what he's talking about. However, the more I looked at this book, the more I felt it relating less and less to me. Granted, there are tips for small group leaders and helpers, as well as advice any Christian could use for discipling others. Still, the book felt like it was geared towards pastors who are training other leaders and how to effectively grow a church (the author's church was mentioned several times as if parts of the book were from some sort of church leadership manual). All in all, this book is real insightful and flows well, but it is more of a reference book than a concrete book on how to lead small groups of all ages (this one focuses primarily on working adults).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 8, 2011
Connecting in Communities: Understanding the Dynamics of Small Groups is the latest book by Eddie Mosley who is the executive director of GroupLife at LifePoint Church in Smyrna, TN. It is very evident from the tone and direction of this book that connecting people to small groups is a passion of Mosley's. He writes from the perspective of experience. I believe what makes this book really work is that organizing and encouraging small groups and small group leaders is what Mosley does every day. This book is not about abstract thoughts and untested principles. Rather, it is about proven methods fleshed-out through years of "on the field" experience. Mosley has consulted with and learned from the top minds in small group ministry from across the nation including Saddleback and Willow Creek. Connecting in Communities was written to help churches and church leaders who were looking to implement small group ministry. Throughout the book, Mosley stresses the benefits of small group ministry from the point of accountability, discipleship, assimilation to the overall church ministry, and the development of a community mindset. Mosley asserts that individuals connect better in their community when they spend time together, eat together, minister to one another, share each other's lives, and personally take an interest in their neighbors. He uses the term "refrigerator rights" to describe this kind of personal involvement. This terms refers to the comfort level that small groups share with each other. Refrigerator rights describes the feeling of walking into someone's home, opening the refrigerator, and helping yourself. This book serves as road map for leaders who want to plan, organize, and maintain small groups. Mosley uses personal experiences from the small groups he has been a part of. I like the fact that he cautions the reader that small groups are not right for every church. He cautions the reader small groups are not a band-aid for struggling ministries. He cautions the reader that small group ministry are not easy and require a great deal of effort and care. I liked the fact that Mosley gave what he calls "5 Practical Steps" and the conclusion of every chapter that helps the reader to connect and think. Years of ministry shine through in this book. A great book in which I recommend. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 27, 2011
'Nothing builds relationships like small groups' declares this book. Using a sub-heading of 'understanding the dynamics of small groups', this small volume sets out to explore the profit of studying the Bible together in a welcoming climate with a well managed small group.
This a well focused book aimed initially at pastors or small group leaders but it has many valuable lessons for participants in existing study groups. Many of these lessons are already being applied elsewhere and the true to life situations, stories and scenarios reflect the settings in which study groups will find themselves in. A whole section devoted to 'Organisation' answers the practical questions that people will have, gives useful practical advice and sets out the principles that groups should keep to.
It is interesting to note that advice given across the book is not completely prescriptive and offers guiding thoughts and principles for each group to find their way. It does give useful advice and templates with the 'Five Practical Steps' sections for each church's ministry and for the small groups at the end of each chapter, making this book stand out as so valuable.
Very spiritually based and highly recommended.
Posted September 2, 2011
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