Making Small Groups Work: What Every Small Group Leader Needs to Know
  • Making Small Groups Work: What Every Small Group Leader Needs to Know
  • Making Small Groups Work: What Every Small Group Leader Needs to Know
ISBN: 0310250285
EAN13: 9780310250289
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 12, 2003
Pages: 292
Dimensions: 0.9" H x 7.8" L x 5.3" W
Weight: 0.45 lbs.
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Book Overview

Lead small groups through astounding growth with principles from the best-selling books How People Grow and Boundaries. No matter what need brings a group of people together---from marriage enrichment to divorce recovery, from grief recovery to spiritual formation---members are part of a small group because they want to grow. This book by psychologists Henry Cloud and John Townsend provides small-group leaders with valuable guidance and information on how they can help their groups to grow spiritually, emotionally, and relationally. With insights from their best-selling book How People Grow, Cloud and Townsend show how God's plan for growth is made up of three key elements: grace plus truth plus time. When groups embrace those elements, they find God's grace and forgiveness and learn how to handle their imperfections without shame as they model God's love and support to one another. In addition to describing what makes small groups work, Leading Small Groups That Help People Grow explains the roles and responsibilities of both leaders and group members. Employing tenets from the book How People Grow, this book equips leaders to understand the ins and outs of how to promote growth, and using principles from their best-selling book Boundaries, they show how to identify and find solutions for common problems such as boredom, noncompliance, passivity, aggression, narcissism, spiritualization, over-neediness, over-giving, and nonstop talking.

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5
   Excellent guide on how to be an effective small group leader.
It explains how a small group of divorce recovery is different from a small group of Bible study. There are suggestions on how to deal with a person who is constantly interrupting other members while speaking. There are suggestions on how to get the discussion back on topic after it drifted off on a tangent.
 
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   but the newer edition is better organized for use by a small group trying to ...
This book from 2003 has been updated and simplified by Cloud, Townsend and Bill Donahue in a video series and book by the same title. This newer text contains insights not included in the older edition, but the newer edition is better organized for use by a small group trying to strengthen itself.
 
5
   Comprehensive and Authentic
Authors go into detail about most every aspect that a small group leader could experience. I tried reading another book by a different author on small groups and could not finish it. Reading was an endurance, dry and textbooky experience. Cloud's resource is the one to read for a rookie leader of a small group like me.
 
5
   Right on the target for our church
I love anything written by Henry Cloud. I think he nailed the problem right on the head. We have too many groups out there that are great places to visit, but many of them don 't demand change from their members. The other kind of groups may offer religious truth, but in such a strong biblical way that they don 't allow for transparency and honesty from their members. Henry and John describe how to deal with balance and offer over 2 dozen chapters on line-by-line issues in groups and how to find them. Blessings, Jeff Ludy -- Ark Family Church in Conroe, TX.
 
5
   Good blend
This book is a good mix of psychology and Bible. I have been a fan of Townsend and Cloud and was eager to receive this book. Like Jesus, Josh Hunt Teach
 
5
   A must read
With this book, Henry Cloud hits it again out of the park. If you want to do it well, it should also require this excellent resource.
 
4
   Lots of good advise
I bought this book to help provide support group leaders with guidelines, and found it to provide lots of helpful tips. While I did not agree with everything, I found most of it helpful, especially the last section on dealing with problems in small groups. These authors, as usual, put out high-quality work.
 
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   2003 EDITION ? I PURCHASED A 2010 EDITION
WHY DOES THE ONLINE INFORMATION OF THIS BOOK STATE THAT IT IS A 2010 VERSION AND WHEN I DOWNLOADED IT WAS A 2003 EDITION? REALLY? What are you waiting for?
 
5
   If you lead a small group, you must read this...
Comprehensively unbelievably. Covering just about every topic and theme you could ever think of or run into.
 
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