Making Your Small Group Work Participant's Guide

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Whether you’re a new or seasoned group leader, or whether your group is well-established or just getting started, the Making Your Small Group Work DVD and participant’s guide (sold seperately) will lead you and your group together to a remarkable new closeness and effectiveness. Designed to foster healthy group interaction and facilitate maximum growth, this innovative approach equips both group leaders and members with essential skills and values for creating and sustaining truly life-changing small groups. ...
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Overview

Whether you’re a new or seasoned group leader, or whether your group is well-established or just getting started, the Making Your Small Group Work DVD and participant’s guide (sold seperately) will lead you and your group together to a remarkable new closeness and effectiveness. Designed to foster healthy group interaction and facilitate maximum growth, this innovative approach equips both group leaders and members with essential skills and values for creating and sustaining truly life-changing small groups. Created by three group life experts, the two DVDs in this kit include:
• Four sixty-minute sessions on the foundations of small groups that include teaching by the authors, creative segments, and activities and discussion time.
• Thirteen five-minute coaching segments on topics such as active listening, personal sharing, giving and receiving feedback, prayer, calling out the best in others, and more. Formerly titled ReGroup.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310687450
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 931,807
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Henry Cloud is a popular speaker, and co-host, with Dr. John Townsend, of the nationally broadcast New Life Live! Radio program, and cofounder of Cloud-Townsend Clinic and Cloud-Townsend Resources. His bestselling books include the Gold Medallion Award-winning Boundaries books and Making Small Groups Work. Dr. Cloud and his wife and two daughters live in Southern California.

Dr. Bill Donahue is the author of the bestselling Leading Life-Changing Small Groups, Building a Life-Changing Small Groups Ministy (with Russ Robinson), Coaching Life-Changing Leaders (with Greg Bowman), and the Equipping Life-Changing Small Groups DVD.

Dr. John Townsend is a psychologist, popular speaker, co-host of the nationally broadcast New Life Live! radio program, and a cofounder of the Cloud-Townsend Clinic and Cloud-Townsend Resources. He has written or co-written twenty-seven books, including the bestselling Boundaries, Safe People, and Hiding from Love. He and his wife, Barbi, live in southern California. They have two grown sons.

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Making Your Small Group Work Participant's Guide


By Henry Cloud John Townsend

Zondervan

Copyright © 2007 Willow Creek Association, Henry Cloud, and John Townsend
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-68745-0


Chapter One

getting connected—God's purpose for small groups

Welcome to Making Your Small Group Work! We are excited to begin the journey with you and your group. This resource is designed to be a training experience for both members and leaders, so the entire group can see, learn, and understand the essential elements for successful, growing small groups—together.

Please insert DVD One and select "Session One: Getting Connected—God's Purpose for Small Groups" to begin.

Watch this ... 8 minutes "Segment One: Why Groups?"

Talk about this ... 12 minutes

Go around the group and share the following:

• My name is ... (if the group is new)

• What impacted me the most about the interviews was ...

When everyone has shared, select "Segment Two: God's Purpose for Groups" from the Session One menu.

Watch this ... 12 minutes "Segment Two: God's Purpose for Groups"

• The "theology" of small groups: God uses people to bring grace and transformation

* Ephesians 4:16—"From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work."

* I Peter 4:10—"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms."

* John 17:20–21—Jesus desires for us to experience oneness and unity

• The goal of small groups is spiritual growth

• Grace, truth, and time

* Grace: God is for you

* Truth: reality that comes from Scripture and other people

* Time: the process by which growth and transformation occur

Talk about this ... 25 minutes

To the degree they feel comfortable, have each person share their answer to the following question:

• Pick one word from the list below you would use to describe your current connection or relationship with God and explain why you chose that word. You can use a word that is not on the list if you want to.

Close New Careful Disconnected Intimidating Boring Searching Unsure Alone Friendly Loving Questioning Open Safe Nonexistent Angry Strange Peaceful Mysterious Doubtful Overwhelming Afraid Life-giving Stagnant Dynamic In trouble Other: ________

When everyone has shared, select "Segment Three: Closing Thoughts" from the Session One menu.

Watch this ... 3 minutes "Segment Three: Closing Thoughts"

What we've covered ...

• Groups are God's delivery system of care: he uses people

• The outcome of group life is spiritual growth in all areas of life

• "Oneness" is God's desire for his people

Coming up ... Discovering the five habits of a successful group

Close the group in prayer.

Chapter Two

five habits of live-changing groups

Welcome back! Please insert DVD One and select "Session Two: Five Habits of Life-Changing Groups" to begin.

Watch this ... 23 minutes "Segment One: The Five Essential Habits"

• Review: grace, truth, and time

• The five essential habits

Drama: Violating the Five Habits

Five habits that create a grace-filled, truth-telling group:

Care

• Being "for" each other

• Encouraging each other

• Coming alongside one another

Safety

• Having a "come-as-you-are" culture

• Feeling safe enough to be yourself

• Accepting each other unconditionally

Authenticity

• Being "real" with each other

• Taking relational risks with one another

Growth

• Hebrews 10:24—spurring one another on

• Pushing each other to take growth steps

• Naming areas where growth needs to happen

Help

• Providing resources others may need

• Can be practical: helping move, filing tax returns, etc.

• It's also about asking for help when it's needed

Turn the page to begin filling out the chart as you watch the drama.

Drama: Using the Five Habits

As you watch the drama, look and listen for how group members use the five habits. Below is a chart with the group members' names and each of the habits. If you see a habit being used by a character, make a check in the appropriate box. (To see the answers, turn to page 141.)

Talk about this ... 35 minutes

Part 1: (25 minutes)

• Share with the group the one habit that most resonated with you or is most important to you and why. Practice "authenticity" (being real) as you share.

• The rest of the group should practice "safety" while listening. This means no judgment and no condemnation; let the person who shared know that they are safe and accepted.

• Continue with the exercise until everyone has had a chance to share.

When everyone has shared, please turn the page to continue the activity.

Part 2: (10 minutes)

Now talk honestly about how the discussion went:

• When you were talking, were you able to be authentic (real)? Why or why not?

• When you were listening, did the group environment feel safe? Why or why not?

When everyone has shared, select "Segment Two: Closing Thoughts" from the Session Two menu.

Watch this ... 2 minutes "Segment Two: Closing Thoughts"

What we've covered ...

• Groups need to be grace-filled and truth-telling

• The five core habits of a small group

Coming up ...

Determining your group's "ground rules"

Close the group in prayer.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Making Your Small Group Work Participant's Guide by Henry Cloud John Townsend Copyright © 2007 by Willow Creek Association, Henry Cloud, and John Townsend. Excerpted by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................9
Introduction....................11
Video Group Members....................13
Session One: Getting Connected—God's Purpose for Small Groups....................18
Session Two: Five Habits of Life-Changing Groups....................24
Session Three: Setting Ground Rules....................32
Session Four: Determining Your Group's Purpose....................40
Tip One: Active Listening....................51
Tip Two: Being Attentive....................55
Tip Three: Telling Your Story (Without Going On and On)....................59
Tip Four: Group Check-In #1....................63
Tip Five: Asking Good Questions....................65
Tip Six: Calling Out the Best in Others....................69
Tip Seven: Giving and Receiving Feedback....................73
Tip Eight: Helping and Supporting Each Other....................79
Tip Nine: Responding to Someone Who Is Hurting....................83
Tip Ten: Helping Others Take "Growth Risks"....................87
Tip Eleven: Prayer....................91
Tip Twelve: Group Check-In #2....................95
Tip Thirteen: Confessing Your Faults....................99
Extended Tip One: When Groups Get Messy, Part 1—Confrontation....................103
Extended Tip Two: When Groups Get Messy, Part 2—Conflict Resolution....................109
Extended Tip Three: Dealing with People in Crisis....................115
Resources for Digging Deeper....................121
Author Biographies....................143
The Five Habits....................144
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