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What do we mean when we talk about small groups? Yet, perhaps it is more important to think about what it is we want to happen in those small groups? That is the question seven small group specialists gathered together to discuss and what they came up with was a definition of small groups that is as follows, "a transformational community that studies the Bible, prays and participates in God's mission together for the purposes of God's transforming work". On this definition, the authors show how to create a group that functions in this way, and what steps need to be taken to achieve the formation of biblically centered small group. Thus, if you want to build a lively and biblically based small group, the Small Group Leader's Handbook will help you develop a transformational community that will impact your people for the rest of their lives.
What do we mean when we talk about small groups? And more importantly: what do we expect to happen when people gather in this way? The small group that wrote this bookmade up of current and former campus ministry professionals with InterVarsity Christian Fellowshipsees a small group as: a community that studies the Bible, prays and participates in God's mission together for the purposes of God's transforming work. Small groups are about transformation, and in this book transformation is given flesh and blood in the faces and names of the people you lead.
J. Alex Kirk is the team leader for the Small Group Leaders' Handbook. He is on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Jay Anderson is a senior campus staff worker for InterVarsity at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He lives with his wife and kids in Eau Claire.
Myron Crockett was an InterVarsity staffworker for nine years at University of New Orleans and Tulane University. The former director of the Katrina Relief Urban Plunge, he is now a graduate student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and daughter.
Tina Teng is an InterVarsity staffworker with Harvard-Radcliffe Christian Fellowship, and a Harvard chaplain.
Úna Lucey-Lee is associate divisional director at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Southern California.
Janice McWiliams provides staff training and spiritual formation for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Sandra Maria Van Opstal (MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is a Chicago-born, second-generation Latina and a leading practitioner of multiethnic worship. A preacher, trainer, liturgist and activist, she is passionate about creating atmospheres that mobilize for reconciliation and justice. She served as the worship director for the Urbana Student Missions Conference and has led worship for the Willow Creek Association, the Christian Community Development Association, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the Evangelical Covenant Church and the Evangelical Immigration Table. Sandra regularly consults as both a worship leader and a mission trainer with Christian colleges, conferences and local churches, and she serves on the board of Evangelicals 4 Justice. She and her husband Karl minister at Grace and Peace Community in Chicago, and she is the author of .