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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Is this book cross-cultural?
Yes. Since it is based on the Bible, its truths apply to every racial and ethnic group.

What are some topics covered in How to Lead a Christ-Centered Small Group?
The practical guidelines in this Bible-based book will help you:

  • Start a small group step-by-step
  • Center the group in Christ
  • Guide the group
  • Share “group ownership”
  • Develop relationships
  • Encourage group discussions
  • Encourage growth
  • Give hope
  • Evaluate your group leadership skills

Learn how to deal with common small group problems
It’s inevitable that you will deal with problems from time-to-time. The practical suggestions in this book will help you if:

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

Why do readers say they like How to Lead a Christ-Centered Small Group?

  • It is practical, cross-cultural, and Bible-based.
  • Text is broken into small, easily-digested portions.
  • Points are clearly identified with headings, bullets, and check boxes.
  • The writing style is direct and straight-forward.
  • “Make it personal” questions help readers apply the lessons.
  • Wire binding makes it easy to write in the book.


Digging Deeper

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.

You can create a Christ-centered small group. How to Lead a Christ-Centered Small Group describes leadership techniques. However, it goes deeper than that, helping you stay close to God and love everyone in your group. And it helps you encourage group members.

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