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Community: Taking Your Small Group off Life Support (Re: Lit Books) Paperback – September 7, 2011
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“I sincerely believe this book has the power to redefine small group ministry. With brilliance Brad unearths the theology behind micro-Christian communities, clarifies the role and realities of the gospel, and vividly describes the system, infrastructure, and strategy that Mars Hill has, through trial and error, found to be most effective. If your goal is to create gospel-centered small groups that make Jesus known on the streets, cul-de-sacs, and neighborhoods where God placed you to do ministry read this book, reflect on this book, and make it your guide for doing groups.”
—Rick Howerton, author, Destination Community: Small-Group Ministry Manual
“In a rare combination Brad House bridges the biblical and theological underpinnings of small groups and presents practical ‘how-to's.’ He explains why smaller communities are imperative to the health of the individual and the church then goes on to explain from bottom to top how to make it work in your church. Free of clichés and stereotypes, Brad takes a fresh look at an ancient concept!”
—Bill Search, Small Groups Pastor, Southeast Community Church; author, Simple Small Groups
“In the 20th century multitudes of churches grew through attractional evangelism and Sunday school classes on their property. In the 21st century newer and growing churches focus missionally on community groups not in educational buildings but in the homes of believers scattered in the neighborhoods all around a church's region. This is a good thing. Pastor Brad House has written a fantastic book to help conventional, transitional, and emerging churches to live out the gospel in community. Read your Bible, then read this, and then go reach your neighbors.”
—Alvin L. Reid, Professor of Evangelism and Student Ministry, Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
About the Author
Brad House serves as executive pastor of ministries at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of Community: Taking Your Small Groups off Life Support. He and his wife, Jill, have four children.
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The tension in a book on a particular facet of ministry is that while a broad cross section of evangelicalism may agree that something is important and even rooted in God's Word, we may disagree on its practice. I thought House did a great job of helping us see that what Mars Hill Church has chosen to do, how it has come out of Biblical conviction, but isn't meant to be replicated by every church. We are responsible, however, to flesh out community in our midst and this is the real strength of the book.
In Part 1, the foundation (or as he calls them, Building Blocks For Life) is unpacked. This lays some biblical footings for how the book will flesh itself out in the later chapters. Why do we need community? How did God create us for this and other truths.
Part 2, health plan, helps to lead us in a positive direction by helping us see the different facts of community that need to be considered. How should groups function, how often should they meet, where should they meet, what should they do? Are you getting a feel for the practical side yet?
Part 3, treatment, gives us ways to effect change in our groups. In other words, I'm given practical tools in this section to go about changing things from the way we've always done them. This includes not only changing the past, but equipping leaders for the future.
Positives in this book include getting a great feel for what the Bible says about community, how those are fleshed out in a local church taking those commands seriously, humility in communicating what has been pursued, stories of how pursuing this has helped, as well as what I've already mentioned: practical things.
Negatives for me were that it is a longer read. At times I felt the book drag. This might have been my fatigue or the time of life when I'm reading this (3 kids under 5), but as I pressed through, it proved to be time well spent.
House has definitely thought deeply about this issue. And if community is something you would like help in applying or tweaking in your particular ministry, then this book would be a book worthy of your time and investment.
The question I'm still left with is the best way to offer on-going training and support to community group leaders. House offers a model for this, but it seems to be me to be rather time intensive. Additionally, if everyone were to "do community groups" in the ideal fashion presented in this book, it's hard to imagine how ordinary lay people would have much time to serve the church or the city in any other ways.
Still a book worth reading for church leaders seeking to revamp and improve their community group structure.
In a field of books that is dominated by the pragmatic approach to systems design and hierarchical methodology, it was refreshing to read something that was profoundly and robustly biblical in its orientation, although it is not without practicality. All practices in the book, however, are rooted in a deep theology of God, His redemptive work through the perfect life, atoning death, and resurrection of Jesus, and the mission which we His reconciled people now engage in.
Finally, you can see the sharp engineering mind of Brad through this work, as he is careful and precise in presenting a good system for the implementation of communities who are not simply internally focused "holy ghettos", but impact neighborhoods.
Give this book a read!
-involved in leading a small group or bible study
-are a community pastor
-are a senior pastor
-are frustrated about community in your local church on any level
This is a good book for you. I appreciate Brad's 'pulling the curtain open' for us all to see what the "secret" may be at Mars Hill. Truthfully, it's very simple, and I am excited to possibly have my own 'waffle outreach' in our city.
I've been plagued by questions inside about how to reach my city in a way that has real impact in joining man with God, and now I have many ideas that will serve as tools as I move forward.
If you're simply involved in a small group or bible study and you read this, you're a rockstar. Share what you learn with your group leader in love, and begin to change your city.
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