Small Groups with Purpose How to Create Healthy Communities

ISBN-10: 0801014956

ISBN-13: 9780801014956

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This practical book walks church leadership through the questions they need to answer to develop their own intentional small group strategy. Built around the most commonly asked questions, it 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 leaders to answer to help them assess their current situation and their desires for the future.
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List price: $15.99
Publisher: Baker Books
Publication date: 1/15/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Steve Gladen has been pastor of small groups at Saddleback Church since 1998. He oversees more than 3,500 adult small groups at Saddleback and loves seeing a big church become small through true community developed in group life. He is the author of Small Groups with Purpose and the coauthor of 250 Big Ideas for Purpose Driven Small Groups, Building Healthy Small Groups in Your Church, and Don't Lead Alone. Steve and Lisa have been married since 1989. They and their two children, Erika and Ethan, live in Orange County, California. Stay in touch with Steve through

Evangelical pastor Richard Duane "Rick" Warren was born in San Jose, California on January 28, 1954. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Baptist University, a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He worked at the Texas Ranch for Christ before founding the megachurch Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California in 1980. He has written or co-written several books including The Purpose Driven Church, The Purpose Driven Life, and The Daniel Plan Cookbook: Healthy Eating for Life. He has lectured as a theologian at many universities and seminaries and was chosen in 2008 by President-elect Obama to give the invocation at his inauguration ceremony.

Introduction: The Purpose of This Book
What Is a Healthy and Balanced Small Group?
My Story: And What It Has Taught Me about Ministry
The Saddleback Difference: The Ten Foundations of Saddleback's Small Group Ministry
What Did We Learn from the Book of Acts? The Paradigm Shift
What Does This Look Like?
Is Your Vision Blurry? Define Success Clearly
It All Starts with Community: Build a Foundation for Health and Balance
Leading for Spiritual Formation: How to Create a Church of Disciples, Not Attendees
Don't Lead Alone: Mobilize Your Groups from Sitting to Serving
The Church with No Walls: Opening the Doors of Your Church
More than Music: Worship in the Life of Your Groups
Step-by-Step, How Can I Do This?
Spiritual Health Assessment: Living Life on Purpose
Helping Groups Become Healthier: Provide a Clear Pathway for Members to Follow
Leadership Matters: Selecting and Recruiting Leaders
The Road Ahead: Developing a Simple Training Pathway
Laying the Foundation: Developing an Organizational Infrastructure That Works
What Does This Mean for Overall Church Strategy?
Sunday School and/or Small Groups: Understanding How Groups Fit into Your Church
Making the Most of Every Opportunity: How to Increase Connection
Exponential Power: Unleashing the Force of the Campaign Strategy
Do I Have What It Takes?
Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me: Lessons from My Journey
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