This book comes out of the Lutheran church, and has a wealth of practical suggestions. It deals extensively with what it takes to organize small groups in your church, then goes on to deal with training small group facilitators.
The book is jam packed with practical suggestions. There are a number of agendas outlined for small group meetings. There are forms you can photocopy and use right away. There are diagrams that help make concepts clear.
The Part 3 "Training Small Group Facilitators" is very comprehensive. They advise building meetings around principles like:
The authors cover things like covenants, the life cycle of a small group, why small groups need to remain small, etc. A session by session training manual is included.
The 8 1/2 X 11 inch format makes this an easy book to find your way around. We recommend it to any congregation doing small groups.
George S. Johnson et al., Starting Small Groups-and Keeping Them Going.
Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2005. ISBN 0-8066-0125-6. $26.
Congregational News May 2008 Vol. 14 No. 5
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