Gather Us in: Leading Transformational Small Groups

Gather Us in: Leading Transformational Small Groups

by Angela D Schaffner


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You don't have to be a Bible expert or have a theological degree to lead a small group. Your faith journey and your desire to create space for transformational relationships already prepare you to be a leader. In Gather Us In, author and psychologist Angela D. Schaffner offers wisdom from more than twenty years of experience in leading small groups and clinical therapy groups. In this easy-to-use book, Schaffner equips you with the skills you need to facilitate conversations and relationships that can transform the lives of group participants. This book helps you dispel common myths about leading small groups, navigate the five stages of groups, identify eleven characteristics of transformative groups, implement eight strategies for leading well, deal with problems that arise in groups Gather Us In gives the tools and knowledge you need to lead with confidence and create a safe place for meaningful connections. You can be an effective small-group leader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780835819435
Publication date: 07/01/2020
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,072,007
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Angela D. Schaffner is a licensed counseling psychologist and eating disorders specialist who owns a private psychotherapy practice in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also the author of Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction 13

Section 1 Do What Works in Groups

Enter the System 25

Navigate the Stages 31

Seek Transformation 43

Become a Transformational Group 47

Talk About the Process 53

Start Strong in the First Meeting 57

Section 2 Eight Strategies for Leading Well

Strategy 1 Practice Faith 65

Strategy 2 Focus 71

Strategy 3 Stretch but Not Too Far 77

Strategy 4 Listen Well 87

Strategy 5 Know and Share Yourself 91

Strategy 6 Deal with Problems 103

Strategy 7 Make Space 109

Strategy 8 End Well 115

Conclusion 121

Notes 125

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