There are many great books on small group ministry. Most of them do what they were deemed to do… Tell you the principles that drive a small group ministry, give you stories that inspire you so that you are motivated to carry out those principles, and in so doing, giving you the boundaries so that your groups are focused on all of the right things.
Eddie Mosley’s Connecting in Communities does that and goes one step further, it tells you how to do what needs to be done. Eddie is one of my dearest friends. I once tagged him the “Practical Practioner” of the small group world. Once Eddie has determined what needs to get done, he can create a step-by-step strategy to accomplish that thing, enlist the right people to work alongside him, motivate them to do the work, complete the work, and celebrate the accomplishment of the work like no one I’ve ever seen. This book reflects the Practical Practitioner in every way.
Bill Donahue said of this read… “What you have before you are the collective insights and experiences of a leader-learner who has been navigating the process of building group life in the local church for many years. I trust you steward this resource well. Ask other team members to read it, then get together and talk it through over a long lunch. Let it stimulate your thinking, refine your present strategy, and open your minds to some fresh ideas. You’ll be a better leader for it.”
I thought I’d give you the chapter titles so you could review them before buying.
1. Small Groups Impact Communities
The difference small groups can make in lives and communities, and how you can cause this to happen in your church.
2. What Do I Do First?
There are key questions that need to be answered before starting something new or changing an existing ministry. Discussing these questions with your pastor and staff is crucial.
3. Pragmatic Strategy (Organization)
Discover the various ways to organize a small-group ministry for your church. A strategic process that is practical and focused on the objectives will keep the vision in sight.
4. Adapt, Don’t Adopt (Assimilation)
A major part of church and small group growth is assimilating the people whom God is sending to your church. Discover how to design a system for your church.
5. Sharper Than You Think (Leadership Development)
Churches spend hours developing and hosting leadership training sessions. Most leaders are more prepared than we realize, but leadership development must still be planned and scheduled.
6. Higher Thinking, Now (Curriculum Choices)
A common question for leaders is “What do we study next?” Having a plan that is developed from the church’s perspective of discipleship will help guide groups.
7. Now What? (Developing Issues in Small-Group Ministry)
Small-group ministry is organic and ever-changing. Each year a new level of issues will arise; here are a few we have discovered.