Item description for The Relational Way: From Small Group Structures to Holistic Life Connections by Scott Boren, Alan Roxburgh & Randy Frazee...
With all the excellent books on small group ministry on the market today, one would think the subject has been covered completely. However, the foundational basis for holistic small group ministry (a highly relational set of values) must be in place before holistic small group ministry will thrive. In this new release, Scott Boren does an excellent job dispelling the most common myths about small group ministry. What are the myths? Doing the right thing (a small group program) without consideration of the right way (the relational way) will produce community. Meeting in small groups is the central source of biblical community. Building a new small group ministry structure on top of old stories of church will transform a church and build community. Groups will succeed if they are built around a specific strategy, method, or model. Small group community is best fostered in a context whereby the group members focus solely on ministering to the needs of one another. Small groups can develop biblical community without an overt dependence upon the Holy Spirit. The small group/large group structure is all that is needed. Equipping that solely addresses 'right Christian thinking' will adequately prepare people for relational kingdom living and fruitful small group life. Weak leaders are the ones who require the most care, oversight and direction. Small groups will grow and multiply if they simply serve as a place to discuss the Bible and connect people in relationships. Each chapter delves into the missional truths about each issue with detailed views from theologians, psychologists, and Boren's own excellent biblical exegesis. If you've struggled with small groups in the past, this book has the answers you have not found in any other book we have published.
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Studio: Touch Publications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.02" Width: 6.29" Height: 0.59" Weight: 0.82 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2007
Publisher Touch Publications
ISBN 097887790X ISBN13 9780978877903
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More About Scott Boren, Alan Roxburgh & Randy Frazee
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The model of the church today stands in stark contrast to the church of the New Testament. In his new book, Scott Boren is calling for a new restoration--a restoration of the "relational way" that is at the very heart of God and His design for His church. The ideas Boren proposes are revolutionary within our culture; indeed they are counter-cultural, which is exactly what he intends and proposes in this book.
I have been an avid reader of books on community, small groups, church growth, discipleship, and leadership for many years. It would not be an overstatement to say that this is the most provocative, visionary, thought-provoking book I've ever read. It is obviously inspired. Every pastor involved in small group ministry (or not involved yet) needs to read it. I've been thinking and writing about some of this stuff for several years, so I am in alignment with Scott's propositions, but he has put this in ways I had not yet considered. I've already ordered ten copies for our church leadership team.
The book identifies ten assumptions that we as church leaders often make as we start or build our small group ministries. Boren categorizes these as "structural myths" that have quietly crept into how we think and act. In my ministry, I have either believed these myths or, even if I knew them to not necessarily be true, I organized ministry according to them. As I read Boren's book, I think to myself that I should have known better. But as Boren says, they have become such a subtle part of our "operational system" that until we read a book like this, we assume them to be true. Boren then provides a relational truth in opposition to each structural myth.
I really like how Boren presents each chapter. He begins with Scripture, presenting strong, sound theology to the relational truth. Then in the rest of the chapter, he provides practical application in accordance with those theological truths. The way Boren has organized this book has helped me to first listen to God speak on each subject and then to consider how I might apply these truths in my situation. I like that. This book has stimulated my imagination, and I'm hoping it will do the same for other leaders in our church as well. It is sure to begin a dialogue that could be transformational for God's church where I serve and you serve.
___ Reviewer: Michael C. Mack is a small groups pastor, founder of an online SmallGroups ministry, and author of I'm a Leader...Now What?: How to Guide an Effective Small Group and Leading from the Heart: A Cell Leader's Guide to Passionate Ministry among others.
An Editor's Review Apr 24, 2007
I had the priviledge of editing this book and working with the author over the course of a couple of years as he wrote the chapters you will soon read. The greatest feature of this book is that it provides a sound theological exegesis for a relationally-based church like no other book in print possesses. Scott Boren has also done an excellent job of exposing common myths about small group and cell group-based ministry. These myths are commonly held (and heavily preached) by a number of existing "experts" in the field of small group ministry, which is sure to be illuminating reading for those who keep abreast of what's being taught about small group ministry.
The first part of each chapter is deeply theological and the last part is filled with practical application. I love the way Scott takes the Word and applies it to the myth, then reveals what he calls the "relational way" to approach each issue, such as group oversight, discipleship, evangelism, and leadership development, just to name a few.
With each revision I reviewed, I became more inspired to pastor a relational church, one where people were never considered a cog in a giant clockworks of small groups, but as individuals with gifts, talents and opportunities to serve God on a team.
If I didn't have my complimentary editor's copy on my bookshelf, I'd have paid retail to have this book in my library. I have already recommended it to a number of my colleages and church planters, and I'd be the first person to tell you that if you are planning to launch a small group ministry in your church or your small groups are simply not growing the way you think they should be, this book should be on your list as a "must-read-soon."