Monday, July 2, 2012

Small Groups that Make a Difference Library

I have so many books on small groups that it's scary. Of course that would only make sense because a big part of my professional life has focused on editing and writing books on small groups. There are a lot of great books for small group leaders. This list is one that focuses on what I view as the best books on developing small groups that will make a difference in the world outside of the group.

Small Group Vital Signs: Seven Indicators of Health That Make Groups Flourish by Michael Mack. This is a great book. It shows you how to take a group beyond fellowship and Bible study.

Holy Conversations: Talking about God in Everyday Life by Richard Peace. Years ago, Peace wrote a book entitled Small Group Evangelism. Here he has re-applied these principles in a simple 12-week format that can be used in groups.

Evangelism Outside the Box by Rick Richardson. Great book that reframes evangelism around relationships.

Missional Small Groups: Becoming a Community that Makes a Difference in the World by M. Scott Boren. For almost 20 years now I've been asking questions about how small groups can live in a way that naturally and organically changes the world. This is what I discovered.

101 Ways to Help People in Need by Steve and Janie Sjogren. This is a compilation of ideas with practical tips and guidelines for serving people "with no strings attached."

For pastors and small group champions who want to develop a system of groups that make a difference in their communities:

Launching Missional Communties by Mike Breen.  This book speaks about a very specific form or model which they call a "missional community." This may or may not be the strategy that you adopt. Either way, it lays out some incredible principles.

MissioRelate: Becoming a Church of Missional Small Groups by M. Scott Boren. In this book, I deal with over-arching principles that will help you develop a system of groups that make a difference. The goal is to develop one that fits your specific tradition and local situation. In other words, these principles apply across many different specific strategies.

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