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Trekking Toward Wholeness: A Resource for Care Group Leaders Paperback – October 23, 2008
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"This book fills a notable gap in the literature. Writing out of a framework obviously grounded in Scripture, Greggo explains for lay Christians and pastors the psychological value of small group ministry that aims at personal-spiritual transformation. This will be especially useful in training programs for small group leaders." (Eric L. Johnson, associate professor of pastoral theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and author of Foundations for Soul Care)
"The power of community is brought forth in Steve Greggo's book. For those who aspire to lead groups in the difficult trek of spiritual growth, personal maturity and Christian discipleship, this provides clear direction. I heartily endorse Trekking Toward Wholeness for pastors, counselors and group leaders." (James N. Sells, professor and director, Ph.D. program in counseling, Regent University, and coauthor of Family Therapies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal)
"This is a very helpful book for leaders of care groups. It beautifully integrates biblical insights, empirical research findings, group counseling principles and practices, and church history examples, including the significant contributions of John Wesley." (Siang-Yang Tan, professor of psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, and senior pastor, First Evangelical Church Glendale)
"Trekking Toward Wholeness sees Christian care groups as an essential component for stimulating spiritual growth. Using the imagery of the spiritual life as a journey (a trek), Stephen Greggo guides care group leaders through the four core principles of group spiritual direction: vision (determining the group's purpose), caring (meeting needs by managing community), affect/attachment (nurturing intimacy in relationships), and finding meaning (union with God, fellowship with Christians and service to the world). Professors, students, pastors and committed lay leaders will all be aided by the seasoned guidance of Dr. Greggo. Trekking Toward Wholeness will be a required text for all my students." (Robert W. Kellemen, chair, M.A. in Christian Counseling and Discipleship Department, Capital Bible Seminary, and author of Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction)
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Using the biblical imagery of the spiritual life as a journey (a trek), Greggo guides small group leaders through the four core hallmarks of group spiritual direction: vision (determining the groups purpose), caring (meeting needs by managing community), affect/attachment (nurturing intimacy in relationships), and finding meaning (union with God, fellowship with Christians, and service to the world). At each landmark on the journey, Greggo equips group leaders through biblical exegesis, historical narratives, relevant research, moving parables, group "visits," and practical principles.
"Trekking toward Wholenesss" sees Christian small groups as an essential component for stimulating spiritual growth which Greggo defines as "wholeness." In his able, biblical hands, wholeness becomes not a self-orientation but a God/other focus. Readers learn how to ignite relationships through "the Word in community"--as equipped small group leaders model and direct the entire group to speak the truth in love.
These leader-guided spiritual formation groups, as Greggo aptly explains, follow not only the biblical principle of true fellowship, but also the long church history tradition of small communities meeting together for spiritual growth through transparent relationships.Read more ›
"heady and intellectual"" it was. Is is NOT average user-friendly, and would be most useful for churches with VERY educated and erudite group leaders. Although I have a post college degree, I found it hard to trudge through.