How to Lead a Christ-Centered Small Group


This Bible-based book will help you plan and start a small group step-by-step, share “group ownership,” guide the group, get great discussions going, and deal with common small group problems with wisdom.

Most importantly, this practical, cross-cultural book will help you create a Christ-centered group, one that helps group members draw closer to God.

Doug Britton, M.Ed., MFT. LifeTree Books. Paperback: 5½ x 8½. Wire “spiral” binding. 192 pages.

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It’s easy to get “lost” in our world

Even when surrounded by people, we can lead separate, lonely lives. This isn’t the picture God has in mind for us. The Bible says all followers of Christ form one body (1 Corinthians 12:12- 27). We are connected to each other. We need close, supportive friendships with other believers, as well as opportunities to worship God together.

People in both the Old and New Testament got together in small groups. Jesus himself spent a lot of time teaching a group of twelve disciples. In Acts 2:46, we learn that the first Christians ate together in their homes. Many people today are following their example and starting small groups.

Some benefits of small groups —

  • Members build friendships
  • Members learn from one another
  • Members learn that others face similar problems
  • Members encourage each other
  • Members hold each other accountable (gently)
  • Members confront one another (lovingly)
  • Members pray for one another


Create a Christ-centered small group

Prepare your heart. How to Lead a Christ-Centered Small Group describes powerful leadership skills. However, it goes deeper than that, helping you stay close to God and love everyone in your group.

Let God be the true leader of your group. Learn how to be a servant-leader who depends on God’s leadership and direction.

Guard your heart.  Learn how to avoid unhealthy relationships with group members. Also learn when and how to say “no.”

Help each member of your group grow closer to Jesus. Discover how to encourage people to read the Bible, pray, get together with other believers, and find ways to serve — regardless of the type of group you are leading or the topic you are studying.


Lead your group wisely

The practical guidelines in this Bible-based book will help you:

  • Start a small group step-by-step
  • Guide the group
  • Share “group ownership”
  • Develop relationships
  • Encourage group discussions
  • Encourage growth
  • Give hope


Deal with common small group problems

It’s inevitable you will need to deal with problems from time-to-time. The practical suggestions in this book will help you respond if:

  • Someone is angry
  • Someone is rude
  • Someone is disruptive in other ways
  • Someone has personal problems
  • Someone talks too much
  • Someone is silent


Evaluate and improve your small group leadership skills

It’s easy to get into a rut as a leader. The last three chapters of this book help you evaluate your leadership skills. If you co-lead a group with someone else, you also will be able to evaluate yourselves as a leadership team.


How to Lead a Christ-Centered Small Group is interactive

As you read, you will answer numerous “Make it Personal” questions that will help you identify steps you can take to accomplish your goals.

This book is written by Doug Britton, a Bible-based Marriage and Family Therapist who has written over twenty books used by countless small group leaders, pastors, and other leaders.


In this book you will learn how to live according to God’s Word. When you read it, you will discover it is:

Bible-based. This book is solidly Bible-based, with every chapter showing how to apply the Bible’s truths in your life.

Cross-cultural. Since the guidelines in this book are based on God’s Word, they apply to every group and culture.

Practical. Readers are given clear, practical steps they can take.

Reader-friendly. Many techniques — from a simple, straightforward writing style to breaking the text into small, easily digested portions — make the books easy to read.

Comprehensive. Numerous questions and dilemmas are anticipated — and answered.

Interactive. Personal application questions throughout the books get readers involved.

Action-oriented. Readers write action plans as they go through each chapter.


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This book was written by Doug Britton, MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist). Doug, President of LifeTree Institute, has been a Bible-based Marriage and Family Therapist for over thirty years.

Doug has helped hundreds of thousands of people as a therapist, clinical director of a treatment center, seminar speaker, radio-co-host, and author of over twenty books that show people how to apply God’s truths in their daily lives.

He has also trained counselors, small group leaders, pastors, and mentors, showing them how to share practical, effective ways to apply the Word of God in all areas of life.

Doug has a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and has edited and published three professional publications. His wife Skeeter has been a homemaker, landscape designer, journalist and novelist. She also has taught marriage and parenting workshops, and holds degrees in English and Landscape Architecture.

Doug draws from his counseling experience and his own struggles and victories when he writes.

More importantly, he draws from the Word of God, offering readers Bible-based, practical, cross-cultural tools, insights, and guidelines they can use in their daily lives.

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