Small Groups That Succeed
Small groups are the key to impacting lives in your church. But a healthy small-group environment - one that fosters meaningful, lasting connections - doesn't just happen. So pull up a chair. Let's talk about how to make it happen.
Bill Willits and best-selling author Andy Stanley share their successful approach, which has resulted in nearly 8,000 adults becoming involved in small groups at North Point Community Church in Atlanta . Simply put, the five principles clearly described here have passed the test. This is not just another book about community; this is a book about strategy - strategy that builds a small-group culture.
Creating Community shares clear and simple principles to help people connect into meaningful relationships. The kind God desires for each of us. The kind he uses to change our lives. Put this proven method to work in your ministry, and enjoy the tangible results - God's people doing life together.
"The small-group program at North Point Community Church is not an appendage; it is not a program we tacked on to an existing structure. It is part of our lifestyle. We think groups. We organize groups. We are driven by groups. Creating Community contains our blueprint for success. And I believe it has the potential power to revolutionize your own small-group ministry!" (Andy Stanley, Story Behind the Book)
Creating Community flows out of the North Point Community Church story. The message here is not just some new small-group program but reflects a passion lived out and implemented in their church from the very beginning. Even with phenomenal growth, the church has stayed true to its commitment to small groups and has fine-tuned its ministry process into one of the most unique and effective models in churches today.
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I am a director of Youth Ministries at my church. We are working on moving toward small groups. This book wasn't too long, but had some good practical ways to have small groups. I especially liked the scripture references on why small groups are good.
Not sure I am into the closed group model, but that is okay. Good to hear the different ways of doing things.
intimacy with God
community with believers
influence with non believers
I used this book to help write a sermon. very good to listen to and a necessity for life is community. easy to follow repeats it's self to help understand better. content sticks well.
Andy dies an excellent just b if guiding how to use the small groups that are already naturally occurring in church to develop disciples.
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