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Biblical Foundations for Small Group Ministry An Integrational Approach

ISBN-10: 0830817719
ISBN-13: 9780830817719
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Description: Small groups have had a major influence on the growth of the church in recent years. They are an important place for ministry, community and discipleship. Yet all too often small group programming has taken place apart from consideration of its  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.00
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 4/1/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 396
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Small groups have had a major influence on the growth of the church in recent years. They are an important place for ministry, community and discipleship. Yet all too often small group programming has taken place apart from consideration of its biblical underpinnings.Gareth Icenogle thoroughly examines both Old and New Testaments for the basis of small group ministry. He considers the texts in new ways, providing heightened understanding of their implications for ministry in the context of small groups. Then he turns to the early church to study tradition and practice. In addition, he brings an integration of theological, sociological and educational principles to the biblical text.All through the book, practical applications of these principles offer guidance for setting up and running a biblically based small group ministry program. Those who are working or who hope to work with small groups will find this one-of-a-kind book invaluable.

Introduction - Why Do We Need Biblical Foundations for Small Group Ministry?
Old Testament Foundations for Small Group Ministry
Small Group Origins
Small Group Paradox
Small Group Covenants
The Ten Commandments for Small Groups
Small Group Relationships
Small Group Leadership
Small Group Structures
Small Group Ministry
Jesus' Small Groups: Gospel Foundations for Small Group Ministry9.The Small Group of Twelve
Gathering the Small Group
Modeling Group Life
Leading the Small Group
Observing Small Group Dynamics
Training Small Group Leaders
Empowering Small Group Members
Mobilizing the Small Group for Ministry
The Church as Multiple Groups: Apostolic Foundations for Small Group Ministry
The Ecclesia as an Extension of the Twelve
Small Group Direction and Disciplines
Small Group as Formational and Transformational Community
Mutual Ministry in the Small Group
Small Group Images and Metaphors
The Small Group Ministry in Ministry and Mission
Small Group Integrity and Destiny
The Church as Small Group NetworkConclusion - A Theological Summary of Biblical and Theological Foundations for Small Group Ministry
Notes
Bibliography

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