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Building a Church of Small Groups: A Place Where Nobody Stands Alone [Paperback]

By Bill Donahue (Author) & Russ Robinson (Author)
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This book provides pastors and church leaders with the vision, values, and initial steps necessary to begin building a church where small groups are integrated throughout the entire ministry.

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Church Should Be the Last Place Where Anyone Stands AloneOur hearts were made for deep, authentic relationships. For community. And like nothing else, small groups provide the kind of life-giving community that builds and empowers the body of Christ and impacts the world. At Willow Creek Community Church, small groups are so important that they define the core organizational strategy. Willow Creek has gone from being a church with small groups to being a church of small groups. Sharing insights from that transition, its two chief architects tell how your church---whatever its size and circumstances---can become a place where people of all ages can experience powerful, transforming community.Part one presents the theological, sociological, and organizational underpinnings of small groups. You'll discover why they are so vital to church health. Part two moves you from vision to practice. Part three shows you how to identify, recruit, train, and support group leaders. And part four helps you deal with the critical process of change as your church develops its small group ministry.'Bill Donahue and Russ Robinson have not just thought and read and talked about community. They have rolled up their sleeves and devoted their vocational lives to figuring out how to actually help make it happen with real-life people in a real-life church.'---John Ortberg, author, If You Want to Walk on Water, Get Out of the Boat

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   219
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.28" Width: 5.89" Height: 0.62"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 4, 2005
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310267102  
ISBN13  9780310267102  
UPC  025986267100  

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More About Bill Donahue & Russ Robinson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bill Donahue is an associate professor at Trinity International University and a popular conference speaker. The author of more than a dozen books with sales over 550,000 copies, he is former director of leadership development and group life for the Willow Creek Community Church and Association. He lives in Illinois.

Bill Donahue currently resides in West Dundee Barrington, in the state of Illinois. Bill Donahue was born in 1958.

Bill Donahue has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Bible 101
  2. Groups That Grow
  3. Jesus 101 Bible Studies

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Developmental Principles  Nov 25, 2003
The authors, Donahue and Robinson, have placed a superb community-building resource into the hands of the reader. This is not just another book about theory on the one hand or experience on the other. It is a book that provides the groundwork for a proper understanding of the implementation and growth of a community-based philosophy of ministry.

Whether or not the reader is in agreement with the Willow Creek philosophy of ministry or not this book has great value. The principles are expressed in a manner that is not context specific. In other words I can use the principles of community-building, leadership training, etc. in a variety of contexts and apply them successfully.

The authors acknowledge throughout the pages of the book that "simply copying a model is ill-fated (191)." This honest approach to small groups is what seems to be lacking in a number of similar resources. Donahue and Robinson face the readers with real-life examples displaying the diversity of methods used by churches across the nation to develop leadership and conduct small groups in accordance with biblical community.

"Building a Church of Small Groups," is an excellent resource for any pastor or lay-leader interested in understanding small group dynamics from a balanced philosophical and practical perspective.

Everything you need to start a small group ministry  Jul 24, 2003
In the title to this review I said that it contains everything you need to start a small group ministry. By that, I don't mean to say that this book is the last word on small groups, nor do I mean to say that it has everything you will need to maintain and grow a small group ministry.

However, for those churches that are contemplating beginning small groups in their churches, I can't think of a better resource. The authors cover all the bases. The section titles of the book are:

Part 1 - Making the Case for Community
Part 2 - Pursuing Community in Small Groups
Part 3 - Developing Leaders of Small Groups
Part 4 - Leading a Church of Small Groups

These sections provide the rationale for small groups and the basic mechanics of launching and maintaining small groups. I particularly like the practical emphasis of the book. It gives you help on building relationships, resolving conflict, and shepherding small groups. Among other things, it encourages you to have "open" groups with an "empty chair" to emphasize the outreach aspect of small group life.

It covers all aspects of leadership training - although it doesn't give you an exact curriculum it gives you a process for leadership training. The authors focus more on apprenticeship and what one could call "on the job training" for leadership development than classroom training.

The section on "Leading a Church of Small Groups" is especially helpful. You don't just decide one day to "do small groups." Launching takes time and is best done in steps, phasing in over time.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good, thorough overview of what small groups can be and do in a church.

Great So Far  Nov 18, 2001
We are in the early stages of small group development. I'm order this for all my existing small group leaders to us to help us formulate and understand the necessity and vision for small groups as the structure support a growing church. We currently have 8 groups.

I have only read the first one third. It gives a great theological basis of small groups. The theology was inspiring to me and will help solidify in our hearts that small groups are not a way to acomodate growth and build disciples but rather fundamental to it.

I can't wait to get into the practical stuff.


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