The Naked Truth About Small Group Ministry: When it won't work and what to do about it. A practical guide for pastors, church leaders, and cell group or small group leaders

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Tired of reading books by pastors of large churches who could put a stick in the mud and it would grow a fruit-bearing tree in a week? Exhausted with doing ministry the same way, expecting different results? Exasperated by the lack of ownership among the members of your existing groups? Then this book is for you! Pulling no punches, Neighbour diagnoses the problems surrounding small group and cell group ministry in America today, offering practical suggestions that work.

Table of Contents:

Introduction & Definition of a holistic small group

1 - The naked truth about the American Church: The heart of the house is dead

2 - The naked truth about lead pastors: attitudes and strategies that bastardize the nature of holistic small groups

3 - The naked truth about implementation strategies: common mistakes that promote lethargy and small group closure

4 - The naked truth about relational discipleship: the American church doesn t do it

5 - The naked truth about small group leadership: it s time to breakwith tradition

6 - The naked truth about intergenerational small groups: children are your most powerful small group members

7 - The naked truth about small group-driven churches: guiding principles that produce healthy small groups

Appendices & End Notes

The Appendices contain a lead pastor's personal assessment for relational ministry; a small group leader's personal assessment for continued development and growth; and an agenda for a small group to use for an hour of prayer.

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Randall Neighbour is the President of TOUCH Outreach Ministries, located in Houston, Texas. He has led small groups since he was in high school (1978). He continues to coach groups in his local church while he travels to speak, consult, and train churches from many denominations and streams. He is the author of numerous books for small group members and leaders, including Community Life 101, The Answer Book for Small Group Leaders, Are You Fishing With A Net?, and 303 Icebreakers. His hobbies include tinkering with an old sports car, coral propagation, and renovating the 105 year old home in which he and his wife reside.

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Every movement loses her way. Then God brings someone along to redirect that movement back to her roots. This book not only reminds the small group world who she must become again but also gives practical advice on how to return there. If your small group ministry is struggling, you are considering starting a small group ministry, or you ve tried small groups before and come up lacking, this book was written for you! ----Rick Howerton, National Director of Events and Training, Serendipity by LifeWay

Many experts and authors offer surface-level criticism of the group life movement s failings. They simply point to symptoms. Randall gives us a clear diagnosis of the underlying problems and offers thoughtful treatment paths to strength, health, and growth for your groups, your ministry, and the movement. ----Greg Bowman, Willow Creek Association

Neighbour exposes the raw facts about small group ministry while revealing God's original designs for both living out the Great Commandment and carrying out the Great Commission. The Naked Truth About Small Group Ministry is chock-full of practical wisdom, problem-solving paradigms, and a genuine passion for missional communities of faith, love, and hope. -- --Dave Auda, Small Groups Pastor, Mosaic, Los Angeles, CA

Many experts and authors offer surface-level criticism of the group life movement s failings. They simply point to symptoms. Randall gives us a clear diagnosis of the underlying problems and offers thoughtful treatment paths to strength, health, and growth for your groups, your ministry, and the movement. ----Greg Bowman, Willow Creek Association

Neighbour exposes the raw facts about small group ministry while revealing God's original designs for both living out the Great Commandment and carrying out the Great Commission. The Naked Truth About Small Group Ministry is chock-full of practical wisdom, problem-solving paradigms, and a genuine passion for missional communities of faith, love, and hope. ----Dave Auda, Small Groups Pastor, Mosaic, Los Angeles, CA

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