Making Small Groups Work: What Every Small Group Leader Needs to Know

Lead small groups through astounding growth with principles from the best-selling books How People Grow and Boundaries. No matter what need brings a group of people together—from marriage enrichment to divorce recovery, from grief recovery to spiritual formation—members are part of a small group because they want to grow. This book by psychologists Henry Cloud and John Townsend provides small-group leaders with valuable guidance and information on how they can help their groups to grow spiritually, emotionally, and relationally. With insights from their best-selling book How People Grow, Cloud and Townsend show how God’s plan for growth is made up of three key elements: grace plus truth plus time. When groups embrace those elements, they find God’s grace and forgiveness and learn how to handle their imperfections without shame as they model God’s love and support to one another. In addition to describing what makes small groups work, Leading Small Groups That Help People Grow explains the roles and responsibilities of both leaders and group members. Employing tenets from the book How People Grow, this book equips leaders to understand the ins and outs of how to promote growth, and using principles from their best-selling book Boundaries, they show how to identify and find solutions for common problems such as boredom, noncompliance, passivity, aggression, narcissism, spiritualization, over-neediness, over-giving, and nonstop talking.

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By Jonathan (Bowie, MD) · ★★★☆☆ · November 04, 2013
This is a very helpful tool to the person who's looking to really analyze the way they are doing or will do small groups. It delves into the proper goals of a small group and the ways to encourage dialogue and process that will get them there.

There was a LOT that I took away from this book to tra... ...more
By Kelli (Atlanta, GA) · ★★★★★ · February 20, 2014

A book that every small group leader should read... helpful, practical, supportive, encouraging, and challenging. A great book for anyone leading others as it provides suggestions for issues of the heart.
By Michelle (Gillett, PA) · ★★★★☆ · May 06, 2014
We will be using this as an approachable and understandable resource for small group leaders ...more
By Alison (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · January 20, 2015
I thought this was very helpful. I could take and leave some parts but for the most part, I found this book to be very insightful. ...more
By Jen (Richmond, VA) · ★★★☆☆ · November 23, 2011
The small group leaders at my church are reading this. This was a pretty good book for small group leaders although I liked Tightrope better. ...more
By Scott (Morton Grove, IL) · ★★★★★ · December 12, 2013
Great nuts and bolts book on facilitating any type of life changing small group! A must read if you want to be an effective facilitator. ...more
By Evans (Charlotte, NC) · ★★★★☆ · December 10, 2009
very helpful for those wanting to lead/facilitate, even participate in sustainable, nourishing small groups. ...more
By Donna · ★★★★☆ · March 31, 2012
Great for leaders of small group. It covers everything to expect ...more
By Catherine (The United States) · ★★★★★ · July 31, 2008
If ever a book was written about my passion--this would be it. ...more