Successful Small Groups: From Theory to Service

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In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus makes the mission of the church abundantly clear: "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations ..."

But how do you reach a twenty-first-century society filled with diverse backgrounds and varying levels of religious interest? And how can you expect to grow the body of Christ when only half of your own congregation regularly attends services?

The answer may be simpler than you ...

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Overview

In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus makes the mission of the church abundantly clear: "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations ..."

But how do you reach a twenty-first-century society filled with diverse backgrounds and varying levels of religious interest? And how can you expect to grow the body of Christ when only half of your own congregation regularly attends services?

The answer may be simpler than you think: involve and empower the laity in small-group ministry.

Kurt W. Johnson not only provides the tools for organizing and leading successful small groups, but also explores the biblical and historical foundations for small-group ministry. In this practical guide Johnson illustrates the proven effectiveness that small groups have for both nurturing the spirituality of current church members and leading friends, neighbors, coworkers, and others to a saving relationship with Christ.

Do you want to fulfill Jesus' Great Commission? Discover how you and your church can change the world around you through the power of the Holy Spirit—one disciple at a time.

Kurt W. Johnson, D.Min., is the Bible school director for the Voice of. Prophecy international radio ministry. His enthusiasm for small-group ministry has led him to conduct training sessions internationally and to author multiple group Bible study guides, including Face td-Face. With Jesus and Focus on Prophecy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780828025614
  • Publisher: Review & Herald Publishing Association
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011
  • Pages: 191
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 5

Introduction 7

Section I Small-Group Basics

Chapter 1 Fell the Flame 13

Chapter 2 Here I Am, Ready or Not 16

Chapter 3 Why Cheryl Wasn't Missed 20

Chapter 4 The Bible and Small Groups 24

Chapter 5 Small Groups 101-The Basics 34

Chapter 6 Small Groups-201-Understanding Your Group 56

Chapter 7 Small Groups-301-Off and Running 72

Chapter 8 Commonly Asked Questions 85

Chapter 9 The Seven Last Words of Small Gruops 93

Section II Small-Group Leadership

Chapter 10 A Small-Group Leader-Who Me? 103

Chapter 11 A Biblical Reflection on Leadership 112

Chapter 12 A Small-Group Leader's Job Description 120

Chapter 13 Developing Small-Group Leaders 128

Chapter 14 Why Small Groups Are Struggling in Some Churches 142

Section III Digging Deeper

Chapter 15 Early Church History and Its Impact on Small Groups 159

Chapter 16 The Adventist Church and Small Groups 169

Chapter 17 Laugh, Sarah, Laugh! 179

Bibliography 182

Quick Start 187

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