Last year I published a book that I literally started writing 25 years ago, Leading Healthy Groups: A Guide for Small Group Leaders. While I had led various groups prior to then, in 1994 our church launched groups for the very first time. Having gleaned from Dale Galloway, Rick Warren, Pat Sakora, Jeffrey Arnold and his Big Book of Small Groups and a few others, when it came to leading leaders, there were a lot of things to figure out. We could only prepare our leaders so far before we began to discourage them or scare them. The rest of their training came as they needed it.
Starting back then, I began collecting my leaders’ questions as well as the answers I gave them. This was the start of the book. As our groups multiplied, so did the questions. I added all of those to the file. Then, when I served a larger church, we would survey our 400 or so group leaders to see what problems they were facing or what issues were coming up in their groups. I wrote a weekly blog with answers to the relevant questions for all of our leaders. This was the start of allenwhite.org.
Then, last year after compiling all of these questions and answers, I wrote a lot of new content from your questions and others I have met along the way. The end result was Leading Healthy Groups: A Guide for Small Group Leaders.
Churches are using this book to:
- Train their coaches by giving them answers to their leaders’ potential questions.
- Create streaming video training to send out to their group leaders.
- Put the book directly in the hands of their leaders so they have answers as their questions arise.
I’m not the first person to write a book for small group leaders. In fact, originally, I didn’t even intend to write a book. But, as my leaders asked questions, I saved the answers. Now, the answers are available to you and your leaders.