Building a Church of Small Groups: A Place where Nobody Stands Alone

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Harper Collins, 2001 - Religion - 219 pages
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Our hearts were made for community. We hunger for the deep, authentic relationships Jesus had in mind when he prayed that his followers would be one. Yet in many churches, the connection we crave is lacking. How can church become a place where nobody stands alone?Through small groups. Like nothing else, they provide the kind of life-giving community that builds and empowers the body of Christ and impacts the world. At Willow Creek Community Church, small groups are so important that they define the core organizational strategy. Bill Donahue and Russ Robinson write, 'We have gone from a church with small groups . . . to being a church of small groups.'Donahue and Robinson share revealing glimpses of Willow Creek’s journey to becoming a church where over 18,000 people connect in 2,700 small groups. And they tell how your church--whatever its size and circumstances--can become a place where men and women, adults and children, can experience powerful, transforming community. Building a Church of Small Groups unpacks the vision, values, and strategies required to integrate small groups into your entire ministry. Part one presents the theological, sociological, and organizational underpinnings of small groups. You’ll discover why small groups, as reflections of God’s communal nature, are so vital to church health.Part two moves you from vision to practice. Here is how to develop thriving small groups based on authentic relationships, where truth and life intersect, conflict leads to growth, and skilled leaders help group members mature into fully devoted followers of Christ.Part three shows you how to identify, recruit, and train group leaders and provide them with long-term coaching and support. Finally, in part four, you’ll learn how to deal with the critical process of change as your church develops its small group ministry.Written by two of today’s top authorities on small group ministry, Building a Church of Small Groups is a proven blueprint for health and spiritual vitality in your church. Here is thorough, seasoned guidance for helping people grow together in faith, heart, and lives through closely knit small group communities.
 

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Contents

Title Page
Making the Case for Community
The Sociological Evidence
The Organizational Evidence
Pursuing Community in Small Groups
Small Groups Are Places Where Truth Meets Life
Small Groups Experience Healthy Conflict
Small Groups Provide WellBalanced Shepherding
Developing Leaders of Small Groups
Training Small Group Leaders
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Bill Donahue is President and Founder of The LeaderSync Group, which guides leaders and their teams to pursue leadership excellence, vision clarity and cohesive community. He is also Co-Founder and Lead Strategist for The Communitas Network, a non-profit organization committed to building transformational groups and teams in churches worldwide. For 18 years Bill worked as Director of Leadership Development and Group Life for the Willow Creek Community Church and Association. Bill has authored over a dozen books and training resources for leaders including the best-selling Leading Life-changing Small Groups. He resides in Dundee, Illinois with his wife Gail, son Ryan and daughter Kinsley. SPANISH BIO: Bill Donahue es director del ministerio de grupos pequenos de Willow Creek Association. Previamente se desempeno como miembro del personal de Willow Creek Community Church colaborando en la planificacion e implementacion del ministerio mundial de grupos pequenos. Reside en West Dundee, Illinois, con su esposa Gail y sus dos hijos.

Russ Robinson, formerly executive director of small groups at Willow Creek and senior pastor of Meadowbrook Church in North Haledon, New Jersey, is coauthor with Bill Donahue of The Seven Deadly Sins of Small Group Ministry. He continues to speak and write while practicing law in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. SPANISH BIO: Russ Robinson, abogado de Hoffman Estates, Illinois, fue pastor principal de Meadowbrook Church en North Haledon, Nueva Jersey. Y con anterioridad fue director de ministerios y grupos pequenos en Willow creek Community Church. Es coautor con Bill Donahue del libro titulado Building a Church of Small Groups.

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