Missional Small Groups: Becoming a Community That Makes a Difference in the World - eBook  -     By: M. Scott Boren
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Baker Books / 2010 / ePub

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Small groups are a great place to connect with others, but you may wonder, is this all there is? Is sitting in a living room, talking about a book or watching a video, the extent of what we can do together? Isn't being a Christian community about something more?

Missional Small Groups will help you see beyond the borders of your small group and into the lives of those around you so that you can make a difference. It's filled with practical suggestions for becoming intentionally involved with your community and bringing Jesus's message and healing to a hurting world.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9781441212290
ISBN-13: 9781441212290
Availability: In Stock
Series: Allelon Missional

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Small groups are a great place to connect with other churchgoers, but many wonder, is this all there is? Is sitting in a living room, talking about a book or watching a video the extent of what we can do together? Isn't being a Christian community about something more than this?

Pastor and author Scott Boren thinks so. In this latest release from missional thinktank Allelon, Boren gives leaders and members of small groups the tools they need to make an impact on their communities. Beginning with a gentle critique of current small group models, Boren goes on to show how a uniquely Christian paradigm can set groups free to transform their communities. The final section of the book offers over twenty practices that groups can do to become more missional.

Ultimately Missional Small Groups is about helping groups follow Jesus by equipping them to bring his message and healing to a hurting world.

Author Bio

M. Scott Boren is one of the pastors at Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a trainer, consultant, the coauthor of Introducing the Missional Church, and the author of The Relational Way: How Do We Get There From Here? He works with Allelon in developing training materials on the missional church. He shares life with his wife Shawna and their four children. He can be reached at www.mscottboren.com.

Endorsements

Scott's work aims to restore movement, mission, and community transformation to the heart of group life--right where it belongs!"
--Dr. Bill Donahue
PhD, author, Leading Life-Changing Small Groups

"Wow! This one volume is the new guide for understanding missional community, being a missional community, and creating missional communitiesThe practical steps and phases are the genius of this book. You will walk away revisiting your paradigm of missional groups as well as the knowledge necessary to be effective in leading one."
--Rick Howerton
LifeWay

"Scott Boren is a great thinker and passionate Christ follower. In Missional Small Groups, we see those two passions align in a compelling way to serve the church. Scott has written an important book to challenge and help us bring more meaning and purpose to our small groups . . . but not for the purpose you may think. Scott knows the goal of the church is to make not simply better groups but a better world. I am confident we will see both happen as a result of Missional Small Groups."
--Bill Willits
Author, Creating Community; Director of Group Life, North Point Community Church

"Today, amidst an abundance of small groups literature, Missional Small Groups clearly stands out. Boren provides the reader with substantive biblical and theological frameworks for understanding the "rhythms of small groups." These frameworks are insightfully used to inform the lived practices of missional small groups around communing with God, relating to one another, and engaging the world. This is a must-read for anyone interested in living out small group life within the church for the sake of the world."
--Craig Van Gelder
PhD, Professor of Congregational Mission, Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, MN

"Using the concepts Scott Boren presents in this book as the foundation for training and coaching leaders, I am able to cast a greater vision for small groups, groups that go about life together in a way that brings God's kingdom here on earth. The practice lessons he includes will help groups discover and experience what missional small groups are all about."
--Ruth Kelder
Ministry Developer, Christian Reformed Home Missions

"Scott Boren has experienced and written about small groups for the last twenty years. In Missional Small Groups, he breaks new ground by focusing on hearing the voice of God when doing small group ministry and following God's rhythm for the group, rather than the canned model of someone else. This book will stir your creative juices to do small group ministry in a new, dynamic way."
--Joel Comiskey
PhD, President, Joel Comiskey Group

"This is an important book for lead pastors and staff pastors who see their small groups as far more than a key to member retention but don't know how to walk the small group members into a much deeper expression where missional activities happen naturally. If you enjoyed Introducing the Missional Church yet finished the book puzzled by how to become more missional, Missional Small Groups will provide the practical handles, answers, and first steps you need. I found this book to be a refreshing, energetic read."
--Randall Neighbour
Author, The Naked Truth About Small Group Ministry,
President, TOUCH Outreach Ministries

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  1. Opelika, AL
    Age: 45-54
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book for small group leaders
    November 9, 2010
    Jill Jones
    Opelika, AL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "Missional Small Groups" by M. Scott Boren is a guidebook on how to create a community that makes a difference. The first part, "Listening," discusses the dynamic of small groups and how people tend to view and fit into them. The second part, "Practicing," is a guidebook on how to make missional small groups more than just a meeting but a part of the members' lives.

    The musical references at the beginning of the book are tedious and a bit annoying, but once past the first part and into the second you begin to get information that shows you how to connect with others in a small group in order to impact the world. A small group should not be a group of people who withdraw by themselves to discuss superficial topics. It should be a group of people with varying interests and personalities who work together to bring change to their community and reach the world for Christ.

    It is primarily written as a training guide for pastors and small group leaders and offers steps on how to bring a missional small group into fruition by discussing conflict resolution, discussion topics, incorporating children into the "adult" small group dynamic and engaging with the neighborhood.

    Boren brings up the controversial topic of taking the church outside the church and into the neighborhoods. Instead of trying to invite people to the church, we should go out into the neighborhoods, see where God is already working, and begin the task He requires of us. Jesus told the disciples to go and make disciples. He did not say invite them to come to church so we can make them disciples.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Baker Books as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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