Soul-Shaping Small Groups Bible Study
Author: Kim V. Engelmann
|Soul-Shaping Small Groups: A Refreshing Approach for Exasperated Leaders |
Is your small group boring? (It's okay to be honest.)
Do you sometimes have to force yourself to attend the meetings (even the meetings you lead!)? Do you wonder if small groups are doing anything for your spiritual growth?
Kim Engelmann, a pastor and small group leader, describes how she felt about one small group she attended:
"It is Thursday evening--small group night. I . . . hesitate before getting out of the car. Do I really want to do this? I am not the sort of person that likes weeknight meetings. I am tired from a long day's work, but I push my car door open and crunch on up the gravel driveway. . .
I convince myself that this is for my own good. I tell myself that I ought to be grateful that I live in a free country where small groups that talk about Jesus and the Bible are allowed. But I am not grateful--not one little bit."
As a result Kim asked herself a hard question about groups: Is it small groups that are the problem or the way we do small groups?
In this book she shares her answers, offering a new format for groups that gives authentic spiritual community a chance. She challenges the compartmentalization of Bible study, prayer and even fun (only laugh during icebreaker time!), and offers creative, practical suggestions that can serve to integrate these aspects into an experiential framework.
Whether you are a pastor, a group leader or a member, if you find yourself dragging when it's time for small group, then this is the book for you.
Engelmann offers a new format for study groups that gives authentic spiritual community a chance. She challenges the compartmentalization of Bible study, prayer, and even fun, and offers creative, practical suggestions that can serve to integrate these aspects into an experiential framework.
Features: Bibliography, Illustrated, Table of Contents
Physical Info: 0.5" H x 8.1" L x 5.4" W (0.4 lbs) 128 pages
Carton Quantity: 80
Publisher: IVP Connect
US SRP: 18.00 US
Pub Date: April 29, 2010
Foreword by John Ortberg
Part One: Experiencing God's Presence in Small Groups
1 Confessions of a Small Group Deviant
2 How Small Groups Can Lead to Spiritual Stagnation
3 Moving into the Presence of God
4 Building a Praying Community
5 A New Kind of Small Group
6 Creating Emmaus Road Groups
Part Two: Exercises
7 Invitational Exercises
10 Interceding for Others
11 Befriending Scripture
12 Community Building
Group Discussion Guide
- Religion | Christian Life | Prayer
- Religion | Christian Ministry | Discipleship
- Religion | Christian Ministry | Pastoral Resources
-Church group work -Small groups
- Religious Orientation | Christian
LC Call Number: BV652.2
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