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The Seven Deadly Sins of Small Group Ministry: A Troubleshooting Guide for Church Leaders [Paperback]

By Bill Donahue (Author) & Russ G. Robinson (Author)
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Based on the authors' experience consulting with over 200 churches and teaching church leaders, this guide addresses seven "obstacles" in small-group ministry and proposes solutions and "next steps" for church leaders to take to overcome their deficiencies.

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Assessment and solution for seven common obstacles to building small groups. It s one thing to start a small group ministry. It s another to keep the groups in your church healthy and headed in the same direction. Whatever your church s approach may be---whether it is a church with groups or of groups--- sooner or later, as a leader, you ll need to do some troubleshooting. That s when the expert, to-the-point guidance in this book will prove its worth. The beauty of this book lies in its unique diagnostic process. It allows you to assess, diagnose, and correct seven common deadly sins that can drain the life from your church s small group ministry. In The Seven Deadly Sins of Small Group Ministry, what would take you years to learn through trial and error is distilled into some of the most useful information you can find. Drawing on the knowledge they ve gleaned from working inside Willow Creek Community Church, from consulting with hundreds of churches, and from conducting conferences and seminars worldwide, small group experts Bill Donahue and Russ Robinson furnish you with proven, real-life solutions to the toughest problems in your small group ministry. This is not theory---it is hands-on material you can read and apply today."

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Small Group Ministry: A Troubleshooting Guide for Church Leaders by Bill Donahue & Russ G. Robinson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Ingram Advance - 10/01/2005 page 159
  • Christian Advance - 09/01/2005 page 47

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   241
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 6" Height: 0.68"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 9, 2005
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310267110  
ISBN13  9780310267119  
UPC  025986267117  

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More About Bill Donahue & Russ G. 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.

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Where are the potholes in this road?  Mar 9, 2007
Why waste a year or two in your congregation's spiritual journey? Why drive blind into dangerous, program-breaking potholes if they are, in fact, already identified? This book is a great resource reflecting some gifted teachers who have looked back and debriefed about what could have been done better "if only they'd known". Well, now they do and their feedback is available here. It has been referred to actively by our leadership group frequently in our 18 months of planning pre-launch. Now we use it to check our status relative to potholes. Our eyes are open to the Deceiver's obstacles and there are many. Plus, ol' Mischief Maker wants us to think good things aren't and so makes good decisions seem dangerous, like: embracing Holy Spirit-driven movement when a group comes together in an unexpected way. Sometimes there is fear of the unplanned. Sometimes there is confidence in something which generally hasn't worked elsewhere. So when is an idea constructive? When might it be destructive? This book addresses the 7 'sins' Willow uncovered; the flip side is knowing how to avoid them or fix them right out of the chute. Thank you, Willow.
A useful tool for small group directors...  Dec 14, 2006
I have read other books from Donahue and Robinson and heard them speak at several small groups conference, so the information in this book was relatively familiar to me. Nonetheless, "The Seven Deadly Sins of Small Group Ministry" is a valuable resources in which these small group gurus share their experiences and failures in the hopes that others involved in small group ministry within the local church can avoid those same missteps.

One thing that I appreciate about this book is its straightforward format. The seven deadly sins of small group ministry, as assessed by the authors, each occupy two chapters. The first chapter on each sin describes the problem, and the second chapter provides some solutions. This allows the reader to pick and choose a particular issue and read about it in some detail without having to read the entire book. I appreciated the experience of reading it straight through but look forward to referring to it in the future on one or more specific topics, and the simple format makes that notion feasible.

The second thing that I appreciated most about this book was the author's experience and wisdom. It is clear that they have gathered insight from years of small group ministry, and they are honest in stating that they have actually committed almost all of the sins at one point or another. That humility (and the almost playful writing style throughout the book) makes the information very accessible. The suggestions are not coming from some perfect small group geniuses, but instead come from real people who have made real mistakes and can offer real solutions.

My primary criticism of the book is that a somewhat limited perspective is provided. It only makes sense that they would write from the framework of Willow Creek, where they both spent much of their ministry lives. However, they seem unable to extract themselves from the Willow way of doing things. Quite frankly, the assimilation structure that they suggest is nothing if not overwhelming. In fact, the entire book is rather formidable. Again, it is formidable because they have so much important information to share, but it might be more useful if they had eliminated some of the painstaking detail and emphasized the main ideas.

I am glad that I read this book, and I know that it will shape how I proceed in my role in leadership over the small groups at our church. We are actually committing several of these deadly sins right now, and I now have the ammunition to make some necessary adjustments. If you are willing to dive into the thick of Willow Creek's learning from groups, this is a great book. I highly recommend it.

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