Small Groups With Purpose: How to Create Healthy Communities by Steve Gladen
Over the past fifteen years, small groups have become a vital way to build community in large churches. Nowhere has this been more apparent than at Saddleback Church. Now Steve Gladen, pastor of small groups at Saddleback, shares the secrets of that ministry’s incredible success in creating small groups with purpose.
This practical book walks church leaders through the questions they need to answer to develop their own intentional small group strategy. Built around the most commonly asked questions, Small Groups with Purpose outlines the step-by-step process of creating a successful small group ministry. Because it is built upon principles and not methods, this plan can be implemented in any size church. Each chapter ends with a list of questions for readers to answer to help them assess their current situation and their desires for the future. Personal stories, Scripture, and examples ground the discussion and show the system in action. Pastors and small group leaders will find this book instrumental in making small groups work in their churches.
About the Author: Steve Gladen has been pastor of small groups at Saddleback Church for thirteen years. He oversees 3,500 adult small groups at Saddleback and loves seeing a big church become small through true community developed in group life. Steve founded the Small Group Network. He is the coauthor of 250 Big Ideas for Small Groups, Building Healthy Small Groups in Your Church, and Don’t Lead Alone. The follow up book to Small Groups with Purpose, for small group leaders, will be available in February of 2012. Steve and his family live in Southern California.
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Connecting in Communities: Understanding the Dynamics of Small Groups by Eddie Mosley
It’s hard to argue the importance of being in a small group. In a friendly, intimate setting, group members study the Bible together and discuss the issues and challenges of life. They pray, care for one another, and are missed if they don’t show up. Friendships are made.
Author Eddie Mosley is convinced that small groups are crucial to bringing about sustained life change. In this hands-on guide, he takes you from conception to implementation of a small-group ministry, sharing basic principles and processes that have been proven to make a difference in lives and communities. Whether you are considering starting a small-group ministry or already have one in place, you will discover various practices and processes that you can adapt to fit your needs.
Connecting in Communities will help you:
• Determine what questions need to be answered before you start a small-group ministry
• Map out a plan using your church’s perspective of discipleship
• Organize and maintain a small-group ministry
• Prepare and schedule leadership training
• Periodically assess your ministry’s goals and progress
A great resource for pastors and small-group leaders, this book has everything you need for getting people connected and experiencing life together.
About the Author: Eddie brings an infectious enthusiasm for people to experience life-change at FBCSmyrna as he gives direction and strategy to adult small groups and other adult ministries. Before rejoining the staff at FBCSmyrna in 2005, Eddie served on staff in the 1990s followed by several years as a consultant. He is also the Small Group Network Regional Leader over several states in the South region. Eddie loves neighborhood and baseball. He and his family have spent the last 7 years establishing Neighborhood Ministry in his subdivisions. They also spend a lot of time on the ball fields playing, coaching and developing relationships.
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What’s Your Story: Icebreaker Questions for Small Groups by Cheryl Shireman
You do not know a person until you know their story. We each have a story and it is filled with both factual details and personal details. Cheryl believes the amount we are willing to reveal to another is in direct proportion to the amount they are able to love us. You cannot love what you do not know. When a group of people get together, one of the quickest and easiest ways to get to know one another is through the use of questions that prompt us to tell our story. That is the purpose of this book.
The material is divided into three sections. Getting to Know You is a series of factual questions that will allow you to know someone at a surface level. Getting to Know What You Think questions are a bit deeper and allow you to begin to know a person’s experiences as well as their thoughts on various subjects. Getting to Know What You Feel are a series of questions that often require a bit more of thought before answering.
You may ask the questions in a variety of ways:
- Ask everyone in the group the same question
- Have group members open to a random page and answer the first question they see
- Have group members open to a random page and ask another group member the first question they see
You may also use the book in a variety of circumstances:
- As an icebreaker for new groups
- A fun break for groups that have been together a long time
- As a “get to know you” session whenever a new person is added to the group
- The first few minutes of every group meeting
Fun to use for any small group!
About the Author: Cheryl Shireman grew up in the Midwest and came to Christ relatively late in life. She did her best to outrun God, but ultimately realized that no one is quite that fast. She gave her life to Christ in 2003. In 2004 she became the Director of Small Groups in the Indiana church where she came to Christ. In 2008, she became the Small Group Network Coordinator. She is passionate about discipleship and believes that intentional and focused small groups are powerful tools in that life-long process. She holds a Master’s degree in Christian Education and an undergraduate in Creative Writing. She is also the author of two novels, and two reference books on writing. She is married, has three children, and one adorable granddaughter.
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