Item description for Intimate Marriage: Leader's Guide (Intimate Marriage Bible Studies) by Dr. Tremper Longman Dr. Dan B. Allender, III...
Overview This leader's guide to the Intimate Marriage Series will walk you through how to set up and run the group sessions for couples and singles. If you are leading a group of married couples, you will find some of the pitfills and land mines that are unique to a couples group addressed. Key principles for helping people grow, what is required to be a good leader, how to run a fruitful group with agreed-upon goals, and how to deal with the unexpected with grace and wisdom are included. You'll also find Bible study resources to take you deeper into the topic of each Bible study session. In addition, there is a series of sermons to give pastors ideas of how to preach through a series on marriage. Drama is also included to further illustrate the key themes. Redeeming marriages and remaking them so that they reflect the glory of God is the overall focus. Contents: How to use this book; A Marriage Movement; Counting the Cost of Leadership; Starting the Journey; Embracing Chaos, Conflict and Change; Bible Study Theme Overview; A Marriage Sermon Series; Appendix: Marriage Drama
Publishers Description The church should be the place where marriage is the strongest, but again and again both statistics and personal experience reveal that Christian marriages have all of the same problems faced by the rest of the world. How can churches redeem marriages and remake them so that they transform individual souls and reflect the glory of God? This leader's guide is for church leaders--small group leaders, pastors and worship leaders--who want to have an impact on the marriages in their church. Dan B. Allender and Tremper Longman III will show you, step by step, how to put together the materials in the Intimate Marriage Series to create a powerful marriage emphasis experience for your whole church--even singles. If you are leading a small group of married couples, using this guide will extend your confidence and help you avoid pitfalls that are unique to a couples group. Allender and Longman identify key principles for helping individuals grow, actions and attitudes for effective leadership, how to set goals in a group, how to stay productive, and how to deal with the unexpected with grace and wisdom. They also recommend other Bible study resources to take you deeper into the topic of each group session. If you are a pastor, you will find resources to guide you through a churchwide marriage emphasis. You'll find a vision for planting small groups of laypeople who can support and encourage each other in their marriages. And you'll find extra research assistance, like notes on the Bible texts used in the series and sample sermons to give you ideas on how to preach through a series on marriage (with sensitivity to singles). If you are a worship or drama leader, you will find a drama that you can freely reproduce and perform in your church to further illustrate the key themes of this marriage series. The church is about relationship. As your church works through the Intimate Marriage Series, men and women will receive the resources they need to grow the kind of marriages that last, that challenge them to personal transformation, and that draw those around them into deeper relationship with Christ.
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Studio: InterVarsity Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.96" Width: 7.08" Height: 0.32" Weight: 0.53 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2005
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
Edition Teacher's Guide
Series Intimate Marriage Bible Studies
ISBN 0830821295 ISBN13 9780830821297
Availability 0 units.
More About Dr. Tremper Longman Dr. Dan B. Allender, III
Dan B. Allender, PhD, is a founder of Mars Hill Graduate School near Seattle, where he serves as president. He also is a professor of counseling, a therapist in private practice, and a popular speaker. He is the author of a number of books, including To Be Told, How Children Raise Parents, The Healing Path, and The Wounded Heart. Dan and his wife, Rebecca, are the parents of three children.
Dan B. Allender currently resides in Seattle, in the state of Washington.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Intimate Marriage: Leader's Guide?
Frustrating attitude... Jul 4, 2007
Quite frankly, I was very disappointed with this leader's guide. It accompanies a book by Dan Allender and Tremper Longman called "The Intimate Mystery," which was a fine, if largely unspectacular, marriage book. But this leader's guide got my blood boiling.
Basically, I found the attitude of the authors in the first few chapters of this leader's guide to be extremely arrogant. In broad paraphrase, they claimed that every other book about marriage that has ever been written has been fluff. They claim that all small group study guides are superficial. And they suggest that this book and its accompanying study guides are deep and profound and amazingly insightful, and they provide the only chance for marriages and small groups to be saved from their inherent triviality.
Of course, I am speaking in some hyperbole, but this is the general thrust of their approach with this leader's guide. I was immediately offput by this attitude, to the point that I didn't read the final few chapters. They are correct to suggest that some silly books about marriage have been written. And they are correct to suggest that some small group study guides are pointless. But neither of these situations is pervasive, and quite frankly, I have read several other marriage books that were significantly more impacting than "Intimate Mystery." (Gary Thomas' "Sacred Marriage" rocks my world every time I read it.)
There is some value in this leader's guide, particularly for novice group leaders. There are some helpful tips for leading significant small groups, but similar resources can be found elsewhere. Ultimately, I think it's unfortunate that they expect groups to purchase a hardcover book, a study guide (actually, there are six study guides, and they expect groups to go through all six of them), and this leader's guide. That's a lot of expense, when some of those resources could have been consolidated.
If your group is going through "The Intimate Mystery" and you've never lead a small group before, this leader's guide might be worthwhile. Otherwise, I'd recommend that you avoid the unnecessary arrogance and expense of this leader's guide.