Item description for Finding the Flow: A Guide for Leading Small Groups and Gatherings by Tara Miller, Jenn Peppers & Joseph Myers...
Overview Miller and Peppers present an overview of how to facilitate a great small-group discussion, navigating difficult questions and issues and bringing people through the stages of small-group life.
Publishers Description Do small groups really work? If you've led or even been part of a small group, the experience can be frustrating. How do you juggle priorities and personalities? How can you tell what individuals want or need from the group? And how do you even get people to clear an hour in their schedule to show up? What's meant to bring life can become dry, stale and ineffective. Tara Miller and Jenn Peppers, experienced small-group facilitators and trainers, have observed and had the same questions and frustrations. But they've also experienced the power small groups have to help people heal, to allow individuals to wrestle with questions, to create a space where people know and are known by others, and to open people up to encounter God more deeply. So in these pages, Miller and Peppers passionately offer help and hope for your small group, so that you can encounter God in new and deeper ways together. Their honest, nonprogrammatic guide provides exercises and reflection questions throughout and at the end of each chapter to help you process the material and then actually work it into your group includes many real-life stories from the authors' wide-ranging experience with small groups points out common obstacles that keep leaders from being able to follow the Spirit effectively--and ways you can avoid or overcome them equips you with skills that will draw people toward Christ in authentic ways As you read and reflect on the authors' practical and life-giving ideas, you'll learn to listen to God and others, guide groups through conflict, know yourself better, and create space for the Spirit to work during your group time. Developing these skills will prepare you to lead any small group, no matter what kind or setting. Finding the Flow overflows with fresh water so that you can be refreshed, encouraged and equipped to help others in small groups drink deeply of the riches of life in Christ as you encounter him together.
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Studio: InterVarsity Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.96" Width: 6" Height: 0.69" Weight: 0.71 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2008
Publisher IVP Connect
ISBN 0830810943 ISBN13 9780830810949
Availability 0 units.
More About Tara Miller, Jenn Peppers & Joseph Myers
Tara Miller is a talented artist trained at The Emily Carr School of art in Vancouver.
Reviews - What do customers think about Finding the Flow: A Guide for Leading Small Groups and Gatherings?
Great Guide for the Blind Mar 25, 2010
Once again, great book, just wish all disciples would strike any use of the word "magic" from their arsenal of words. The section on preparing one for spiritual warfare and what happens when one's inside pours outside was very wise indeed.
Ok book Nov 18, 2009
This book was probably worth reading but definitely not the best book I have ever read.
Finding the Flow Jul 16, 2009
For over 15 years I worked in the area of small groups and during that time I read much of what was written on the subject from both a Christian and a secular perspective. Recently, when I picked up "Finding the Flow", I was less than excited about another Christian book on the subject of small groups.
I was in for a pleasant surprise. From the moment I began reading I was hooked. The openness and honesty of these two authors is fantastic. No politically correct "Christianeeze", no follow the bouncing ball and you will have a perfect Small Group Ministry, no avoiding the hard questions. And that doesn't mean it lacks depth. The life and ministry experience that Miller and Peppers bring to this book will give those involved in small group ministry real practical guidance.
Buy the book, read and enjoy. And if you're a pastor or small group ministry leader, then buy enough books to use it as a training resource for all of your small group facilitators. They will thank you for it.
Stellar and very useful! Mar 31, 2009
While I'm not a huge fan of small groups, I do love the general concept of intentionally getting to know people through regular conversation about meaningful topics. The problem I've found is that this rarely happens, at least in the small groups in which I've participated. Finding the Flow addresses this reality and offers some very practical guidance on how to forge meaningful relationships through small groups.
I especially appreciate how the authors encourage a strong knowledge of one's self in relation to the group, as well as understanding of group dynamics and conflict. Each chapter has discussion questions and "Do This" exercises sprinkled throughout which are thoughtful, not cheesey. There are also tons of resources at the end of the book to utilize in small group situations.
While I detest Christian how-to books, I do appreciate clear, concise analysis on concrete yet realistic ways to tackle tough issues. This book certainly does that with wisdom, clarity, and honesty. Check out the book's website for more information and resources.
Nice work! Feb 28, 2009
This book is an amazing resource for leaders and groups. In it you'll find the foundational elements of group life taught to you in fresh ways and with new language. You'll also find insight on what's new in group life and how groups are changing and morphing for a new generation.
My favorite part is that at the end of each chapter there are exercises and questions that really help you dig into how you do and lead groups. Actually...there are provoking questions scattered all through the book. So if you like thought challenging questions, great writing and good tools for you and your leaders. Go get this book right now!