Making Small Groups Work: What Every Small Group Leader Needs to Know
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Making Small Groups Work: What Every Small Group Leader Needs to Know

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by Henry Cloud, John Townsend
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0310250285

ISBN-13: 9780310250289

Pub. Date: 08/01/2003

Publisher: Zondervan

Lead small groups through astounding growth with principles from the best-selling books How People Grow and Boundaries. No matter what need brings a group of people together—from marriage enrichment to divorce recovery, from grief recovery to spiritual formation—members are part of a small group because they want to grow. This book by psychologists

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Lead small groups through astounding growth with principles from the best-selling books How People Grow and Boundaries. No matter what need brings a group of people together—from marriage enrichment to divorce recovery, from grief recovery to spiritual formation—members are part of a small group because they want to grow. This book by psychologists Henry Cloud and John Townsend provides small-group leaders with valuable guidance and information on how they can help their groups to grow spiritually, emotionally, and relationally. With insights from their best-selling book How People Grow, Cloud and Townsend show how God’s plan for growth is made up of three key elements: grace plus truth plus time. When groups embrace those elements, they find God’s grace and forgiveness and learn how to handle their imperfections without shame as they model God’s love and support to one another. In addition to describing what makes small groups work, Leading Small Groups That Help People Grow explains the roles and responsibilities of both leaders and group members. Employing tenets from the book How People Grow, this book equips leaders to understand the ins and outs of how to promote growth, and using principles from their best-selling book Boundaries, they show how to identify and find solutions for common problems such as boredom, noncompliance, passivity, aggression, narcissism, spiritualization, over-neediness, over-giving, and nonstop talking.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310250289
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
08/01/2003
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
389,672
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.........................................................11
Tapping into the Power of Small Groups..................................13
PART 1 How Small Groups Help People Grow
1. God's Surprising Plan for Growth.....................................19
2. What Are We Trying to Do as Small Group Leaders?.....................31
3. The Ingredients of Grace, Truth, and Time............................41
4. Benefits of Groups That Grow.........................................56
PART 2 What Happens in a Good Group
Introduction............................................................66
5. A Second Family......................................................67
6. Connection...........................................................71
7. Discipline and Structure.............................................74
8. Prayer...............................................................78
9. Accountability.......................................................81
10. Forgiveness.........................................................85
11. Support and Strengthening...........................................88
12. Mentoring...........................................................91
13. Grieving............................................................94
14. Healing.............................................................98
15. Confrontation.......................................................101
16. Modeling............................................................104
17. Acceptance of Weakness..............................................107
18. Discipleship........................................................111
PART 3 Starting a Small Group
19. Decide on the Purpose and Type of Group.............................117
20. Choose Study Materials..............................................125
21. Design the Frame....................................................129
22. Select Members......................................................132
23. Establish the Ground Rules..........................................137
PART 4 The Responsibilities of Group Facilitators
24. Balance Grace, Truth, and Time......................................143
25. Facilitate Process..................................................146
26. Listen..............................................................152
27. Provide Safety......................................................158
28. Clarify and Ask Questions...........................................162
29. Confront............................................................165
30. Set Limits..........................................................171
31. Be an Authority.....................................................175
32. Require Integration.................................................177
33. Allow Silent Moments................................................180
34. Interpret Themes, Symbols, and Meanings.............................183
35. Help Contain Strong Emotions........................................187
PART 5 The Responsibilities of Group Members
36. Expect the Unexpected...............................................193
37. Be Known............................................................196
38. Really Listen to Each Other.........................................202
39. Give and Receive Feedback...........................................205
40. Learn to Love.......................................................211
41. Practice Obedience..................................................216
42. Make Positive Changes...............................................220
43. Learn New Skills....................................................224
44. Discover and Develop Gifts..........................................229
45. Discern Harmful Patterns............................................233
46. Confess and Repent..................................................237
47. Take Risks..........................................................241
48. Grieve..............................................................246
PART 6 How to Deal with Problems in Groups
49. Neediness...........................................................253
50. Noncompliance.......................................................257
51. Passivity...........................................................261
52. Shut Up.............................................................264
53. Aggression..........................................................268
54. Narcissism..........................................................272
55. Spiritualization....................................................276
Go and Grow.............................................................280
Appendix: Getting More Out of This Book.................................281

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Making Small Groups Work: What Every Small Group Leader Needs to Know 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading through this book, I foresee using it periodically to take the pulse of the groups I lead (and the groups where I'm a member). The chapters are short and to the point, so that I can jump to a particular area where I need guidance in my current situation. Each area provides a big picture vision and then some practical ways to work out that vision.
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