Simple Small Groups: A User-Friendly Guide for Small Group Leaders

Simple Small Groups: A User-Friendly Guide for Small Group Leaders

Simple Small Groups: A User-Friendly Guide for Small Group Leaders

Simple Small Groups: A User-Friendly Guide for Small Group Leaders


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Over the past two decades, small groups have gone from spontaneous gatherings among friends to a major and elaborate phenomenon in the church. Many evangelical churches have some form of small groups ministry in place. But there's just one problem, says Bill Search—what started as a simple get-together has become a complicated process, especially for small group leaders. They are often not sure what is expected of them or what to expect from their groups as a result of their efforts.
In Simple Small Groups, Search lays out the three C's of small groups—connecting, changing, and cultivating. This paradigm helps to simplify leading small groups in a way that is helpful, rewarding, and life changing. Unlike many other books geared toward small group leaders, Simple Small Groups does not require a church-wide adoption of an intricately designed system of assimilation, making it useful to any small group leader looking for guidance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801071539
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Bill Search is small groups minister at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, which has a regular Sunday morning attendance of 18,000.

Table of Contents

Foreword Bill Donahue 5 Acknowledgments 7 Introduction: Confessions of a Small Groups Minister 9
1 How We Got Here: Hints from History 19 Part 1 Connecting: The Relational Pattern
2 The Pattern of Connecting: Overcoming Obstacles, Imagining Possibilities 35
3 The Nuts and Bolts of Connecting: Helping People Form Relational Bonds 53 Part 2 Changing: The Growth Pattern
4 The Pattern of Changing: Exploring How People Conform to the Image of Christ 69
5 The Nuts and Bolts of Changing: Helping People Become More Christlike 87 Part 3 Cultivating: The Missional Pattern
6 The Pattern of Cultivating: The Way Groups Revolutionize the World 109
7 The Nuts and Bolts of Cultivating: Helping People Become More Missional 127 Part 4 Harmony: Pulling It All Together
8 When Good Groups Go Bad: The Pitfall of Obsession 147
9 Real Simple: Harmony of the Three C's 155 Afterword Bill Willits 167 Appendix 1 Key Scripture for Connecting 171 Appendix 2 Key Scripture for Changing 175 Appendix 3 Key Scripture for Cultivating 179 Notes 183 Bibliography 187
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