Setting the Tone, Accommodating Learning Styles and More. There are countless helpful resources available to the small group leader. As managing editor of smallgroups.com, Sam O'Neal has seen the best of them come and go. They tend to deal with the big vision of small groups--how they can revolutionize your church and transform your congregation. Or they consider the big idea of small group ministry, how it reflects God's communal vision for us. But sometimes a small group leader just wants to know how to survive the next meeting--not how to instruct and correct or shock and awe, but simply how to set the table for a life-changing encounter with God.
The Field Guide for Small Group Leaders focuses in on the small group gathering as spiritual event. Useful to newly minted leaders and as a ready resource for small group experts, this go-to guide helps leaders prepare themselves to prepare their groups for the adventure of a collective encounter with a great God.
"Whether we are first-time small group leaders or seasoned disciple-makers, we all need some guidance and direction along the way. Sam O'Neal has walked the path of small groups and now serves as a tour guide for those who wish to join in the adventure of leadership. With practical tips and refreshing honesty, O'Neal gives step-by-step direction for establishing a healthy and transformational community, warns of potential pitfalls and offers encouragement for many of the common challenges that leaders face." "”Heather Zempel, author of Sacred Roads and Community Is Messy
Part One: Mapping the Terrain
1. Small Groups 101
2. The Ministry of Hospitality
3. Learning Styles
Part Two: Planning Your Route
4. The Big Idea
5. Icebreakers and Learning Activities
6. Crafting Great Discussion Questions
7. Planning for Worship and Prayer
8. Finalizing Curriculum
Part Three: Hitting the Trail
9. The Art of Leading a Small Group Discussion
10. Leading a Well-Rounded Group Meeting
11. When Things Don't Go as Planned
12. Application and Inspiration
Appendix 1: Further Resources on SmallGroups.com
Appendix 2: Sample Icebreakers
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