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Making Small Groups Work provides small-group leaders with everything they need to know to help their small group of any kind. It's an operating system for small groups. You'll get the most out of your group, no matter your topic, from divorce recovery to marriage enrichment, from grief recovery to spiritual formation—grow spiritually, emotionally, and relationally.

 

spiritual formation Spiritual formation is undoubtedly a timely and popular topic in our materialistic culture.  James Wilhoit leads readers in a new direction by focusing on the impact that Christian community can have on spiritual development in Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered.  Perhaps the most important metaphor throughout the text is that of a journey. Spiritual progress is not a destination; instead, it is a continuous process. Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered offers an introduction to spiritual formation set squarely in the local church. As such it is appropriate for professors and students (both undergraduate and graduate) but it is also helpful for church leaders and spirituality readers. Features that enhance this work include its brief chapters, sidebar content, and for further reading annotations.

 

seven deadly sins sgmAssessment and solution for seven common obstacles to building small groups. It's one thing to start a small group ministry. It's another to keep the groups in your church healthy and headed in the same direction. Whatever your church's approach may be---whether it is a church with groups or of groups--- sooner or later, as a leader, you'll need to do some troubleshooting. That's when the expert, to-the-point guidance in this book will prove its worth. The beauty of this book lies in its unique diagnostic process. It allows you to assess, diagnose, and correct seven common 'deadly sins' that can drain the life from your church's small group ministry. In The Seven Deadly Sins of Small Group Ministry, what would take you years to learn through trial and error is distilled into some of the most useful information you can find. This is not theory---it is hands-on material you can read and apply today.

 

personal auditAs you and your group participate in the Personal Audit study together, you'll laugh, learn, and experience true Christian community.

 

my solariumSoularium: A Dialogue in Pictures

Fifty images and a few questions. Suddenly you're a group of people sharing about life. You're not the only one.

These images are a fresh way to get to know one another.  They allow a person to share something about their life; who they are, how they are, what they are feeling or experiencing today.

It's a way to share life and spiritual journey in pictures.  Welcome to MySoularium.

 

how to ask great questionsIn this study, you'll learn when and how to ask effective questions, and how to promote follow-up discussions that will lead from good thinking to life application. Ideal for small-group leaders, Sunday school teachers, and anyone who regularly leads group discussions or committee meetings, How to Ask Great Questions will equip you to: build relationship between group members; help people analyze a passage of the Bible or other book; draw out opinions, feelings, and assumptions; bring discussions to greater levels of depth and focus; guide people in applying the Bible to their lives; and facilitate problem-solving and decision-making in group settings.

 

NEIGH BIBLESTUDYChurches use the materials in three areas:  to develop an outreach program of bible study with two or three members forming the core of the group; to give electives within the education program for high school and adult level, providing an elective of content (Bible book studies) and of method (discussion rather than lecture); to build support groups within the church fellowship to encourage spiirtual nourshiment and growth.

 

 

TRAINING MAN SMALL GROUPSSmall Group Theory and Practice:

          What is a small group?
          What does a healthy group look like?
          Life Cycles of a Group.
          Courtship Period.
          How do you overcome group jitters?

Read the Serendipity Training Manual for groups to discover the answers to these questions and more.

 

Finding GodWe all go through seasons when life seems dry and barren.  But the Bible is filled with hope and assurance that God will meet you in the desert of the soul.  Come and quency your thirst.

   Session One:   A Dry and Weary Land Where There is No Water
   Session Two:   Hope in the Valley of Trouble
   Session Three: Prepare the Way for the Lord
   Session Four:   Be Faithful in the Little Things

Each session inclused three simple questions that will lead your group into some tof the deepest conversations you've ever had.

 

Tell It With StyleAre you a director, a peacekeeper, an analyzer or an entertainer?  Helen Boursier has updated the four temperaments to make you a more confident and more effective communicator.  You can be comfortable as you share your faith.  This book shows you how.

 
Remembering TheforgottenIn this workbook companion to Forgotten God, author Francis Chan reminds us of the true source of the church’s power—the Holy Spirit. Chan contends that we’ve ignored the Spirit for far too long, and that without Him, we operate in our own strength, only accomplishing human-sized results. Offering a compelling invitation to understand, embrace, and follow the Holy Spirit’s direction in our lives the workbook is designed to initiate and facilitate both individual study, and small group discussion, interaction and practical application of the message of Forgotten God.
 
The workbook will stand alone, or can be used alongside the Forgotten God DVD Study Resource. Francis’ thought-provoking teaching makes this a valuable workbook resource for individual study, a seven-week small group study, churches, youth groups, and college campus ministries—and perfect for retreat weekends.