The Perils and Promise of Small Group Ministry. Heather Zempel oversees the community life at a multisite church in Washington, D.C., a challenging population with one of the highest relocation rates in the United States. And yet under her leadership, National Community Church has become a model for creative, dynamic, deep small group ministry.
Drawing from her background as an environmental engineer (including such bizarre experiences as monitoring a pig lagoon and the unintended slaughter of a hundred innocent fish), Heather Zempel assesses the perils and possibilities inherent in small groups and other environments for Christian community. The book helps leaders begin to see the inherent "mess" of such gatherings as raw material for arriving at something beautiful.
Read this book and discover fresh insights into how we can support one another's unique paths to maturity in Christ while maintaining cohesion as a community and blessing the world around us.
First Things First: Blood, Sweat and Spit
1. Community Is Messy
2. Everything Is an Experiment
3. Lead Yourself Well
4. Growing People
5. Discipleship Is Not Linear
6. Small Groups Should Happen in Real Life
7. Systems Are Made to Be Destroyed
8. Wear Out Your Welcome
Navigating the Mess
Appendix 1: NCC Core Discipleship Groups
Appendix 2: A Word to Smaller Churches
"Honest, practical and rooted in experience, Heather's direction takes us to those earthy places that we face in day-to-day relational ministry. Her words go beyond platitudes and lead us down paths that point to wholeness in the midst of the reality of messy community. This book offers a fresh angle and creative hope to group leaders and pastors. Embracing this counsel will advance your community forward into deeper expressions and experiences of community. Buy it! Sit with it. Pray through it." â€”M. Scott Boren, consultant, trainer, and author of Missional Small Groups
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