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ReGroup: Training Groups to Be Groups

ReGroup: Training Groups to Be Groups

by Henry Cloud, Bill Donahue, John Townsend

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In this revolutionary new curriculum, Henry Cloud, Bill Donahue, and John Townsend establish a whole new training paradigm—one that equips leaders and groups simultaneously and gives them everything they need to start and sustain a life-changing group. All it requires is a small group and a DVD player.
Four sixty-minute sessions train leaders and group


In this revolutionary new curriculum, Henry Cloud, Bill Donahue, and John Townsend establish a whole new training paradigm—one that equips leaders and groups simultaneously and gives them everything they need to start and sustain a life-changing group. All it requires is a small group and a DVD player.
Four sixty-minute sessions train leaders and group members in the foundational values and practices of becoming a life-changing community. These sixty-minute sessions are the foundations of small groups that include teaching by the authors, creative segments, and activities and discussion time.
• The group has the chance to review and learn new group life techniques during the year with 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.

Each session includes a mix of three elements:
* Teaching by the authors
* Creative segments (such as modeling dramas, person-on-the-street interviews, personal stories/testimonies, creative multimedia, etc.)
* Small group activities and processing/discussion time The four sessions include:
* Session 1 provides a foundational experience that helps group members get excited about the adventure and life-changing power of small group life. Exercises and guided discussions create an initial sense of connection, safety, and most of all, fun!
* Session 2 focuses on introducing values, ground rules, and logistical issues. Relationships are deepened through the group's assessment and discussion of the values most important to them, while exercises facilitate group ownership of these issues.
* Session 3 unpacks each of the five key values through in-depth teaching and practical examples. Group members learn that all are responsible for implementing the five values in the life of the group, and they practice applying two of the values during the session ('Be real' and 'accept one another').
* Session 4 transitions the group to running on its own. Exercises help the group clarify what their focus will be, and what they want to do in their next meeting (the first meeting without the DVD curriculum). This session also provides an inspiring wrap-up for the course that casts vision for what the group can become if it lives out its values.
The Life-Changing Power of Group Life DVD and Participants Guide are available separately.

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Product dimensions:
6.11(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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ReGroup Participant's Guide

Training Groups to Be Groups
By Henry Cloud Bill Donahue John Townsend


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

ISBN: 978-0-310-27785-9

Chapter One

Getting Started

As you use DVD One, which guides your group through four complete group meetings, we will ask you to give us about an hour of your group time. In effect, we will be your group coaches. During that hour each meeting, you will learn the biblical purpose for your group, begin to build or strengthen relationships, establish your ground rules so your group functions authentically, and clarify your direction and goals so your group achieves the purpose for which you gathered. This is only for the first four meetings.

Then, building from that foundation, DVD Two will coach you to greater effectiveness as a community. There are 13 short coaching tips (about 5-10 minutes each) designed to help you practice an essential component of group life. Most include role plays and dramas to model a particular skill, such as active listening, learning to tell your story, effective prayer, balancing participation of members, confronting obstacles in your group, handling pain, and more. View one of these tips at the beginning of your meeting, and then practice using the new skill throughout the course of yourmeeting time, within the context of your regular study or discussion. At the end of the meeting, there is a short debrief time to review how it felt to use that skill in the group.

In addition, there are three extended coaching tips that cover challenging issues confrontation, conflict, and dealing with a crisis. These tips will require an entire group meeting to work through and can be used as your group matures and encounters the realities of life.

Your participant guide is a tool to help you work as a team while you develop group values and build relationships with each other. It provides resources to help you in each group meeting, plus tools for further study and investigation in your personal life.

Get ready for a challenging and productive experience in community! If you are willing to work together-and expect to partner with your leader as an entire team-your group will become a powerful place for change, growth, and encouragement.

We wish you the best, Henry, Bill, and John


Excerpted from ReGroup Participant's Guide by Henry Cloud Bill Donahue John Townsend Copyright © 2007 by Willow Creek Association, Henry Cloud, and John Townsend . Excerpted by permission.
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Meet the Author

El Dr. Henry Cloud es un conferenciante de gran popularidad. Con el Dr. John Townsend es anfitrion del programa de radio New Life Live!, ademas de ambos ser fundadores de la Clinica Cloud-Townsend y de la organizacion Cloud-Townsend Resources. Es el autor de varios libros premiados con el reconocimiento Medalla de Oro, entre ellos 'Limites' y 'El poder transformador de los grupos pequenos'. El Dr. Cloud, su esposa y sus dos hijas radican en el Sur de California.

Bill Donahue is President and Founder of The Leader Sync Group, which guides leaders and their teams to pursue leadership excellence, vision clarity and cohesive community. He is also Co-Founder and Lead Strategist for The Communitas Network, a non-profit organization committed to building transformational groups and teams in churches worldwide. For 18 years Bill worked as Director of Leadership Development and Group Life for the Willow Creek Community Church and Association. Bill has authored over a dozen books and training resources for leaders including the best-selling Leading Life-changing Small Groups. He resides in Dundee, Illinois with his wife Gail, son Ryan and daughter Kinsley.

Bill Donahue es director del ministerio de grupos pequenos de Willow Creek Association. Previamente se desempeno como miembro del personal de Willow Creek Community Church colaborando en la planificacion e implementacion del ministerio mundial de grupos pequenos. Reside en West Dundee, Illinois, con su esposa Gail y sus dos hijos.

Dr. John Townsend is a psychologist, popular speaker, and cohost of the nationally broadcast New Life Live! Radio program, and a cofounder of Cloud-Townsend clinic and Cloud-Townsend Resources. His best-selling books include the Gold Medallion Award-winning Boundaries.

Website: www.drtownsend.com Blog: facebook.com/drjohntownsend

Dr. John Townsend — El Dr. John Townsend es un popular conferencista y un famosisimo autor de exito de ventas. Es graduado de psicologia clinica en Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology de Biola University. Ademas es coautor de numerosos libros incluyendo el ganador de la Medalla de Oro Limites. el es coanfitrion del programa radial emitido a nivel nacional New Life Live!

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