Leading Small Groups with Purpose: Everything You Need to Lead a Healthy Group

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Overview

For the new small group leader, the seasoned leader who feels their small group lacks purpose, or the leader who is itching to move their small group to the next level, Leading Small Groups with Purpose is the road map to follow. Steve Gladen, author of Small Groups with Purpose and pastor of small groups at Saddleback Church for more than a decade, takes small group leaders step-by-step toward a healthy, dynamic group with focus and purpose.

Every chapter includes ideas that small group leaders can implement immediately as well as ways to shape their small groups over time. Gladen helps leaders define success clearly, develop a personal leadership plan, invite members into the group, and shepherd members through fellowship, discipleship, ministry, evangelism, and worship. He also includes a chapter devoted to addressing problems proactively and using them as opportunities for growth. Includes a foreword by John Ortberg.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780801013805
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Gladen has been pastor of small groups at Saddleback Church since 1998. He oversees more than 3,500 adult small groups at Saddleback and loves seeing a big church become small through true community developed in group life. He is the author of Small Groups with Purpose and the coauthor of 250 Big Ideas for Purpose Driven Small Groups, Building Healthy Small Groups in Your Church, and Don't Lead Alone.

Steve and Lisa have been married since 1989. They and their two children, Erika and Ethan, live in California. Stay in touch with Steve through www.stevegladen.com.

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Table of Contents

Foreword John Ortberg 11

Acknowledgments 15

About Your Complimentary Code 19

Introduction: The Purpose of This Book 21

Part 1 Before You Begin Your Group

1 You Are Part of God's Plan: Discovering Your Purpose 27

2 Your Role in God's Plan: Giving Your Group Purpose 40

3 It Starts with You: Your Plan and Your Groups Plan 54

4 Where Two or Three Gather: Gathering Your Friends 77

Part 2 What to Do in Your Group

5 Fellowship-It All Starts with Biblical Community: Build a Foundation for Health and Balance 89

6 Fellowship-Practical Suggestions: How to Build a Strong Foundation 97

7 Discipleship-Encouraging Spiritual Growth in Your Members: Developing Your Members 108

8 Discipleship-Practical Suggestions: How to Develop Your Members 121

9 Ministry-Guiding Members into Opportunities to Serve: Mobilizing Your Members from Sitting to Serving 133

10 Ministry-Practical Suggestions: How to Mobilize Your Members 146

11 Evangelism-Reaching Beyond Your Group: How to Reach Others 157

12 Evangelism-Practical Suggestions: How to Reach Out 171

13 Worship-Experiencing the Presence of God: How to Experience God Moments in Your Group 181

14 Worship-Practical Suggestions: How to Experience God Moments 194

Part 3 Keeping Your Group Focused

15 How to Keep Your Group on Track: Obstacles and Opportunities for Growth 205

16 It Continues with You! How God Uses Ordinary People in Extraordinary Ways 224

Index 231

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