Leading Healthy Groups: A Guide for Small Group Leaders
By Allen White
Often small group leaders feel overwhelmed and inadequate in leading their groups. Welcome to the ministry! Welcome to a wonderful adventure!
Now that you’ve stepped forward to lead a group or are currently leading a group, you have made yourself available for God to use you. And, he will! There is no more thrilling experience than to allow God to minister through you to your group members. You will see prayers answered. You will see lives transformed. You will witness potential leaders growing out of your group. That may sound like a lot, but it’s not your work. It’s God’s work in you and through you. Your role is making yourself available to fulfill God’s purposes in your group.
Leading Healthy Groups is a complete guide to leading small groups which was created for both new and experienced group leaders. Whether you are leading your very first meeting and are unsure of how to arrange the furniture to handling childcare to navigating group dynamics and special situations, Allen draws from his 28 years of ministry experience to guide you every step of the way.
Group life certainly involves meetings to study God’s Word, but it involves so much more in becoming a healthy, dynamic small group. In this book, you will learn how to:
- Chapter 1: Start Your Group, if you’re leading for the first time.
- Chapter 2: Connect with Your Coach (or even find one).
- Chapter 3: Plan Your First Meeting (step by step).
- Chapter 4: Develop Your Group Members.
- Chapter 5: Make Disciples.
- Chapter 6: Navigate Group Dynamics.
- Chapter 7: Set Group Boundaries (so you don’t burn out).
- Chapter 8: Launch Others into Leadership.
Based on questions asked by his own small group leaders, Allen takes the time to walk you through what will help your group and what might hurt your group. Hundreds of small group leaders have benefited from this training already.
This book is a great resource and will help you with the nuts and bolts of leading and having healthy small groups.
Dave Raufman, Fresno, CA
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