Item description for Community That is Christian: A Handbook on Small Groups by Julie A. Gorman...
Overview An essential, comprehensive resource for building community in church-based small groups.
Publishers Description Over the past thirty years there has been a boom in small groups, both in society at large and within the church. From Bible studies to MOPS to Alcoholics Anonymous, it is estimated that four out of ten Americans belong to a small group that meets regularly for the care and support of its members. But are these groups creating true, biblical community, or do they settle for self-focus and personal gain? Julie Gorman has studied small groups for decades and presents her analysis, insights, and suggestions in Community That Is Christian, an essential resource for building community in church-based small groups. This comprehensive book serves both as a text for those who equip leaders or lead small groups and as an interactive manual for small-group members, helping them transform their relationships into Christ-centered community. The book begins with biblical support for coming together, contrasting it with our often individualistic mind-set that undermines community. Gorman then sets forth the goals of community and describes the process of transformation. She draws from extensive research to address the why and the how of small-group ministry, giving special attention to gender and cultural distinctions. Community That Is Christian provides readers with charts, discussion questions, and inventories to further help them establish community within their small groups.
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Studio: Baker Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.98" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2002
Publisher Baker Books
ISBN 0801091454 ISBN13 9780801091452
Availability 0 units.
More About Julie A. Gorman
Julie A. Gorman is professor and director of the Christian Formation and Discipleship Program at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. She is the author of two small-group studies, Let's Get Together and No Stranger to God, as well as The Small Group Training Manual.
Reviews - What do customers think about Community That Is Christian?
Excellent handbook Oct 12, 2005
I'm currently working with small groups in the Christian Union group at my university, and literally stumbled over this book while searching for other titles on this site. Based on the "Editor's review", I quickly decided to give the book a try, and ordered it.
I would greatly recommend this book to anyone working with small groups in a christian setting. It can in fact be very helpful for those who work with small groups in any setting, as much of the book is devoted to the processes that take form in a group of 5 to 12 people.
But first and foremost the book is about what makes a christian community unique, and how to stimulate this deep community in a small group. Especially, a clear distinction is pointed out between real community, where members love and know each other, and pseudo-community, where members appear polite and careful, but without showing real care for each other.
The author shows great insight into the reactions and different stages that take place in a small group, and uses this knowledge to explain what steps might be wise to do as a leader of such a group. As an extra bonus in addition to the excellent text, each chapter is followed by a section of "Firestarters" which can be used as is in your existing small group. These "Firestarters" are helpful games, questions or case studies that helps the group members open up towards each other. These sections are nearly worth the price themselves.