Making Small Groups WorkMaking Small Groups Work
Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend
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Here's a one-stop small-group leader's guide for gatherings of all sorts---from divorce recovery and marriage enrichment to spiritual formation. Facilitators will learn God's plan for growth and how to promote it; what makes a group work; the roles of members; and how to find solutions for problems including boredom, noncompliance, aggression, overneediness, and nonstop talking. 208 pages, softcover from Zondervan.
     

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Acknowledgments

Tapping into the Power of Small Groups


PART 1

HOW SMALL GROUPS
HELP PEOPLE GROW

  1. God's Surprising Plan for Growth
  2. What Are We Trying to Do as Small Group Leaders?
  3. The Ingredients of Grace, Truth, and Time
  4. Benefits of Groups That Grow

PART 2

WHAT HAPPENS
IN A GOOD GROUP

Introduction

  1. A Second Family
  2. Connection
  3. Discipline and Structure
  4. Prayer
  5. Accountability
  6. Forgiveness
  7. Support and Strngthening
  8. Mentoring
  9. Grieving
  10. Healing
  11. Confrontation
  12. Modeling
  13. Acceptance of Weakness
  14. Discipleship

PART 3

STARTING A SMALL GROUP

  1. Decide on the Purpose and Type of Group
  2. Choose Study Materials
  3. Design the Frame
  4. Select Members
  5. Establish the Ground Rules


    PART 4

    THE RESPONSIBILITIES
    OF GROUP FACILITATORS

  6. Balance Grace, Truth, and Time
  7. Facilitate Process
  8. Listen
  9. Provide Safety
  10. Clarify and Ask Questions
  11. Confront
  12. Set Limits
  13. Be an Authority
  14. Require Integration
  15. Allow Silent Moments
  16. Interpret Themes, Symbols, and Meanings
  17. Help Contain Strong Emotions


    PART 5

    THE RESPONSIBILITIES
    OF GROUP MEMBERS

  18. Expect the Unexpected
  19. Be Known
  20. Really Listen to Each Other
  21. Give and Receive Feedback
  22. Learn to Love
  23. Practice Obedience
  24. Make Positive Changes
  25. Learn New Skills
  26. Discover and Develop Gifts
  27. Confess and Repent
  28. Take risks
  29. Grieve


    PART 6

    HOW TO DEAL WITH
    PROBLEMS IN GROUPS

  30. Neediness
  31. Noncompliance
  32. Passivity
  33. Shut Up
  34. Aggression
  35. Narcissism
  36. Spiritualization



Go and Grow

Appendix: Getting More Out of This Book