Recommended Books for Small Group Ministry
Title: Making Small Groups Work by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
Description: 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.
Title: The Lost Art of Disciple Making by Leroy Eims
Description: In simple, practical, and biblical terms, LeRoy Eims revives the lost art of disciple making. He explains: – How the early church discipled new Christians – How to meet the basic needs of a growing Christian – How to spot and train potential workers – How to develop mature, godly leaders “True growth takes time and tears and love and patience,” Eims states. There is no instant maturity. This book examines the growth process in the life of a Christian and considers what nurture and guidance it takes to develop spiritually qualified workers in the church.
Title: How to Lead Small Groups by Neal McBride
Description: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO BECOME A FIRST-RATE SMALL GROUP LEADER. Whether you’re new, a veteran, or just thinking about it, How to Lead Small Groups will make you a more effective small group leader-of a more successful small group! How to Lead Small Groups covers leadership skills for all kinds of small groups-Bible study, fellowship, task, and support groups. And it’s designed to help you hit the ground running, by giving you all the tools and information you need-without making you wade through complicated or time-consuming background information, theory, or rationales.
Small Group Ministry Programs
The Evangelical Catholic – Launching a Small Ministry
Jesus ministered to the multitudes but spent a great deal of time teaching and guiding a smaller group of disciples, whom he called upon, eventually, to work alongside him and, ultimately, to carry on his mission when he was gone.
The Evangelical Catholic takes the same approach. We offer conferences with a broad mission of evangelization but spend a significant amount of our time investing in relationships with leaders who would like to be more fruitful in ministry. These leaders are then equipped to form and train their fellow staff and parishioners to assist them in the work of evangelization and discipleship.