Tools of the Trade

BOOKS:

Community That Is Christian by Julie A. Gorman

This is one of the best books on small groups that I have ever read. Gorman has done her homework. She starts with an excellent examination of the Biblical foundations of community and then goes on to describe 21st Century Community.

She then goes on to write how these two ideas may be brought inline- the original concept of community and out modern concept. At the end of every chapter is a section called “Firestarters” which are a series of questions to promote further thinking and examination.

This book is a must read for anyone who not only wants to know how to do small groups, but, more importantly, why we do small groups. Click here to buy a copy.

250 Big Ideas For Purpose Driven Small Groups by Steve Gladen

Want groups that go beyand simply doing a Bible study? Then give them suggestions. This book is full of ideas to get your groups up and moving into the community. Ideas are categorized under each of the Biblical purposes. A great gift to give to each of your small group leaders.

Click here to buy your copy of this resource.

VIDEO:

The StarTHE STAR OF BETHLEHEM FASCINATES. For millennia, believers, scoffers and the curious have wondered at the Biblical account of the Star. The Bible recounts unusual or even impossible astronomical events at Christ’s birth. For many doubters, the account of the Star is easily dismissed as myth. For many believers, it’s a mystery accepted on faith.

 Click here to find out more about the movie

WEBSITES:

www.youversion.com
Newly out of Beta, this is an amazing Bible resource that allows you and your small group to interact with the Bible is new ways. You can link videos, devotionals, and blog entries to any passage in the Bible and share it with your group. You can choose from 40 languages and 22 versions of the Bible. They have plugins and other features that can be used on your church’s website to bring the Bible to people in a new and exciting way.

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