Community That Is Christian A Handbook on Small Groups

ISBN-10: 0801091454
ISBN-13: 9780801091452
Edition: 2nd 2002 (Revised)
Authors: Julie A. Gorman
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List price: $25.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Baker Books
Publication date: 6/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Over the past thirty years there has been a boom in small groups, both in society at large and within the church. From Bible studies to MOPS to Alcoholics Anonymous, it is estimated that four out of ten Americans belong to a small group that meets regularly for the care and support of its members. But are these groups creating true, biblical community, or do they settle for self-focus and personal gain? Julie Gorman has studied small groups for decades and presents her analysis, insights, and suggestions in Community That Is Christian, an essential resource for building community in church-based small groups. This comprehensive book serves both as a text for those who equip leaders or lead small groups and as an interactive manual for small-group members, helping them transform their relationships into Christ-centered community. The book begins with biblical support for coming together, contrasting it with our often individualistic mind-set that undermines community. Gorman then sets forth the goals of community and describes the process of transformation. She draws from extensive research to address the why and the how of small-group ministry, giving special attention to gender and cultural distinctions. Community That Is Christian provides readers with charts, discussion questions, and inventories to further help them establish community within their small groups.

Foreword
Close Encounters of the Human Kind
The Big Picture of Community
Biblical Foundations of Community
Challenge to Community: Individualism
The Today Show: Twenty-First-Century Community
True Community
The Real Thing: True Community
And Now for a Change: Transformation in Groups
Group Development
The Genesis of a Group
Getting to Know You: Self-Disclosure
Terms of Endearment: Communication
Too Close for Comfort: Conflict in Groups
Turning Points: Passages and Cycles of Growth
The Ministry of Groups
Leadership Power
Transforming the Church: The Ministry of Small Groups
Conclusion: We Are Destined for Community!
References
Index

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