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Community : Taking your small group off life support


Author: Brad House
Publisher: Crossway
ISBN: 9781433523069
Year of Publication: 2011
Pages: 253
Sub-title: Taking Your Small Group off Life Support

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Community within the church today is hemorrhaging. Attention spans are dwindling, noise levels are increasing, and we can't seem to find time for real relationships.

The answer to such social fragmentation can be found in small groups, and yet the majority of small groups-at least in the traditional sense-are often not the intentional, transformational community we really want and need. Somehow we need to get our groups off life support and into authentic community.

Pastor Brad House helps us to re-imagine what gospel-centered community looks like and shares from his experience leading and reproducing healthy small groups. With wisdom and candor, House challenges us to think carefully about our own groups and to take steps toward cultivating communities that are able to glorify Jesus, bless one another, and participate in the mission of God. House calls on churches to wake up to the possibilities for life-transforming, gospel ministry through small groups. In recent years Mars Hill Church, based in Seattle, has experienced the rich blessings that exist within healthy community groups. In Community, House provides a resource for other churches to experience these blessings.

House examines healthy, gospel-centered small groups in three sections. In the first, he lays a foundation for the need and purpose of small-group community. He then presents a big-picture "health plan" for small groups, looking closely at the nuts and bolts of small-group ministry. The book ends with a practical section detailing ways churches can move forward to missional small groups that bless each other, the church, and their communities.

With wisdom and candor, House helps churches think carefully about the state of their own small groups and, where necessary, take steps toward a healthier, gospel-centered community. Pastors and church leaders, as well as small groups, will find this guide to be a catalyst in their growth and development.

Table of Contents

Foreword By Mark Driscoll
List of Charts And Diagrams
Diagnosis: An Introduction

Part One
The Foundation: Building Blocks For Life
   1: Image
   2: Body
   3: Ownership

Part Two
Health Plan: Redefining Community Groups
   4: Community
   5: Neighborhood
   6: Spaces
   7: Rhythms
   8: Structure

Part Three
Treatment: Effecting Change In Your Groups
   9: Repentance
   10: Boot Camp
   11: History

   Group Plan
   Neighborhood Plan
   Community Group Replication Plan
   Job Description: Community Group Leader
   Job Description: Community Group Coach
   Job Description: Head Coach/Community pastor 
   General Index
   Scripture Index


"Community will inspire your small group leaders to grow and maintain healthy, Christ-centered, and mission-minded groups."
-Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor,; author, WEIRD: Because Normal Isn't Working

"An excellent book that clearly, theologically, and practically helps us to see what it means to be a biblically functioning community on mission for Jesus."
-Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

"This book has the power to redefine small group ministry."
-Rick Howerton, author, Destination Community: Small-Group Ministry Manual

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