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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; 1St Edition edition (July 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800753658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800753658
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carl George left pastoring a congregation in Florida to lead the Charles E Fuller Institute in Pasadena, CA. Working in partnership with Church Growth authors and leaders like C. Peter Wagner, John Wimber, Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, John Maxwell, Bob Logan and others, he helped train a generation of leaders in what has become the megachurch era. Just as the Fuller Institute's seminar ministry was launched, Carl had a life-changing bout with cancer. While recovering from surgery, and with the clarity provided by the uncertainty that exists before the matter of survival is confirmed, he aggressively extracted insights from the largest churches in the world and created ways to share those findings with pastors in the English speaking world.
His writings deal with envisioning growth, leading organizations, discovering and overcoming barriers, and partnering with lay leaders to create effective, caring small groups.
He resides in Greenville, SC, travelling as necessary to provide the diagnosis, planning and coaching support his clients request.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. F Foster on January 24, 2001
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Carl George wrote this book some time ago, but even today, it is a highly relevant and important book for many of today's churches. The concept of small groups is not exactly a new concept. Many churches have encouraged this for years. But few churches even now have turned the concept of small groups into a far reaching and fundamental tool of ministry, outreach, and caring that permeates the entire church mission. Even today, small groups tend to be a "back burner" concept among many churches.
This book tries to draw a direct relationship between small group ministry and church size. The theory is that a church can grow only so big and reach only so many people absent a vital and large emphasis on small groups. George cites a few megachurches as examples of the kind of ongoing growth and changed lives that occur when the church embraces small groups not with a recreational commitment, but with the kind of commitment that comes when something is considered a primary mission of the church.
The small group model for church growth is a model that works, not because George says so, but because several churches who have embraced this model are growing beyond many of the ceilings that the vast majority of churches who don't embrace this model can't seem to break through. Getting their people into small groups, when emphasized and encouraged, allows bigger churches to continue ministering to people and meeting their needs by allowing the congregation to minister to itself and not overtax the staff. This accomplishes the goal of the church not having to build up a huge staff of paid people to try and meet the needs of a big congregation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alan on November 17, 1998
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Many churches have adopted small group ministry as a way to connect Christians and to provide support and growth for their members. George shows how small groups can become an engine for evangelism and leadership development and enable churches to break through barriers to growth. Essential reading for any church wanting to grow -- in both numbers and depth. I also recommend the follow-up book by George, "The Coming Church Revolution," which goes into greater depth and detail and provides examples of many churches from several denominations that have successfully used this model.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard A Rosprim on March 12, 2000
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While some of the diagrams leave you wanting and wondering, the heart of the book solidifies the need for small groups. Especially in a era when there is so much demand on our time and so much stress in our lives. When George related the story of Jethro and his council to Moses, I knew our church HAD to get behind small groups in a big way. George shows how small groups are the key to a church family and how they are the true ministry of the church.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Kris McPherson on September 13, 1999
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Carl George's "Prepare Your Church for the Future" is a must-read for those who desire to approach ministry in fresh ways in the coming years. His emphasis on the keys for developing groups for meaningful relationships and growth are second to none!
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