Small Groups with Purpose: How to Create Healthy Communities

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Make small groups work in your church!

Small groups are a vital way to build community. This practical book walks you through the questions you need to answer to develop your own intentional small group strategy. Because it is built on principles and not methods, this step-by-step process can be implemented successfully in any size church. Each chapter ends with a list of questions for you to answer to help you assess your current situation ...

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Overview

Make small groups work in your church!

Small groups are a vital way to build community. This practical book walks you through the questions you need to answer to develop your own intentional small group strategy. Because it is built on principles and not methods, this step-by-step process can be implemented successfully in any size church. Each chapter ends with a list of questions for you to answer to help you assess your current situation and your desires for the future.

"Saddleback's brilliant pastor of small groups shares the biblical strategy, the secrets, the failures, and the lessons behind the remarkable growth of our small groups."―Rick Warren, author, The Purpose Driven Life and The Purpose Driven Church

"You absolutely must put a copy of Steve Gladen's book into the hands of your small group leadership. The wisdom he shares here is a gift."—Carl George, founder, Consulting for Growth, Inc.

"Whether your church is pioneering a new approach or you've been at it for years, this book has insight for establishing a sound approach to small group ministry, built on Steve's extensive experience. You will find his book practical and encouraging."—Ed Stetzer, coauthor, Transformational Church

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801014956
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 712,336
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (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 Orange County, California. Stay in touch with Steve through www.stevegladen.com.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Rick Warren 7

Acknowledgments 10

Introduction: The Purpose of This Book 13

What Is a Healthy and Balanced Small Group?

1 My Story: And What It Has Taught Me about Ministry 17

2 The Saddleback Difference: The Ten Foundations of Saddleback's Small Group Ministry 22

3 What Did We Learn from the Book of Acts? The Paradigm Shift 37

What Does This Look Like?

4 Is Your Vision Blurry? Define Success Clearly 45

5 It All Starts with Community: Build a Foundation for Health and Balance 55

6 Leading for Spiritual Formation: How to Create a Church of Disciples, Not Attendees 71

7 Don't Lead Alone: Mobilize Your Groups from Sitting to Serving 81

8 The Church with No Walls: Opening the Doors of Your Church 102

9 More than Music: Worship in the Life of Your Groups 115

Step-by-Step, How Can I Do This?

10 Spiritual Health Assessment: Living Life on Purpose 127

11 Helping Groups Become Healthier: Provide a Clear Pathway for Members to Follow 148

12 Leadership Matters: Selecting and Recruiting Leaders 155

13 The Road Ahead: Developing a Simple Training Pathway 166

14 Laying the Foundation: Developing an Organizational Infrastructure That Works 177

What Does This Mean for Overall Church Strategy?

15 Sunday School and/or Small Groups: Understanding How Groups Fit into Your Church 191

16 Making the Most of Every Opportunity: How to Increase Connection 204

17 Exponential Power: Unleashing the Force of the Campaign Strategy 213

Do I Have What It Takes?

18 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me: Lessons from My Journey 225

Notes 235

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