Making Small Groups Work shows you how to help your group reach
its full, life-changing potential. You’ll learn skills and biblical processes
that can help your people grow together…
We believe that a deep, vital relationship with God and with others is the very essence of life—it’s what gives life meaning and brings fulfillment. Here at Cloud-Townsend Resources, we’ve made it our life’s work to seek out God and tap into His truth, in order to help people face life’s challenges, make better decisions, and find personal fulfillment. Each of our products is designed to move you forward in your spiritual growth, bringing you that much closer to God and other people.
enjoying mutual encouragement, acceptance, accountability, and friendship;
teaching, learning, exploring, and discovering the love of God expressed in and through one another;
And Through Time
nurturing and supporting one another through all the seasons of life.
Discover how you can help a group of any kind move beyond a small group to a growth group. This book will help you
- create and maintain safety,
- choose the best materials,
- establish ground rules and maintain balance,
- facilitate deeper group process that brings about life change,
- deal with problems and personal issues,
- develop the gifts of group members…and more.
Small groups are a highly effective means of entering the spiritual growth process. There is tremendous value in five to ten individuals getting together weekly as a small group with the specific purpose of growing spiritually and personally. Small groups encourage honesty and openness in all areas of life, and in doing so, they help people connect on many levels. Small groups are also very effective in helping people normalize the failures and difficulties they encounter in life. Often, it is pain and hurt that keep us isolated and disconnected from others. Unfortunately, pain and hurt are a part of everyday life. We need other people around us to give us life-producing feedback—people who encourage us, support us, empathize with us, and share godly wisdom.
As many churches have discovered, the small group setting allows people to not only safely connect with each other, but at the same time deepen their relationship with God. The Bible encourages us to bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2), confess our faults to one another (James 5:16), receive wisdom from one another, and administer God’s love and grace to one another (I Peter 4:10, Ephesians 4:16). In a small group, we can begin to live out these biblical commands in a safe and structured environment. The most effective small groups teach individuals
- how to enter the spiritual and emotional growth process,
- how to improve and strengthen all important relationships,
- how to effectively handle real-life challenges and situations using biblical solutions,
- and how to turn to God and His ways as the source of all healing and growth.
The fruit of entering the spiritual growth process can be far greater than anything we may have anticipated. Small groups are beneficial for all of us, no matter our profession or life experience. Join one or start one today, and begin your life-changing journey of spiritual and personal growth!