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.