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Creating Community: Five Keys to Building a Small Group Culture (North Point Resources) Hardcover – December 31, 2004
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About the Author
Communicator, author, and pastor, ANDY STANLEY founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries in 1995. Today, NPM is comprised of six churches in the Atlanta area and a network 30 churches around the globe collectively serving nearly 70,000 people weekly.
As host of Your Move with Andy Stanley, with over five million messages consumed each month through television and podcasts, and author of more than 20 books, including The New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating, Ask It, How to Be Rich, Deep & Wide, Visioneering, and Next Generation Leader, he is considered one of the most-influential pastors in America.
Andy and his wife, Sandra, have three grown children and live near Atlanta.
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People need community - especially Americans, whom George Gallup has described as "among the loneliest people in the world." This is somewhat ironic, given that Americans are around other people all the time. But having company is not the same thing has achieving community. "We live and work in a sea of humanity," the authors write, "but we end up missing out on the benefits of regular, meaningful relationships.Read more ›
One initial complaint is the fact that Andy Stanley basically wrote an introduction to the book, and Bill Willits wrote the rest. I have no problem with that, as Willits is the small groups guru at their church. However, I think it's unfortunate that they felt the need to slap Stanley's name as a co-author, presumably for marketing purposes. In any case, this is Willits' book. And having heard him speak several times before, that's good enough for me. He may not have Stanley's name-recognition, but he is the small groups guy whom I respect the most.
The book is basically the story of small groups at North Point, starting at the beginning and bringing us to their current organizational structure. It's a pleasant, easy read, and Willits makes no claims that this is the universal "How-to" book for small groups. He admits, thankfully, that certain things will transfer to other churches, while other choices are specific to their situation. It's an insightful caveat.
Many of the ideas in this book are not new. The rationale for people's need for small groups is largely recycled material. If you want a more thorough "defense" of group life, read Donahue and Robinson's "Building a Church of Small Groups" or Frazee's "The Connecting Church."
However, the next several sections were filled with accessible and applicable points, even if many can be found in other small groups resources. North Point is basically doing two things that are totally different from the mainstream of small groupdom.Read more ›
Some of the ideas in this book probably will not work anywhere outside of North Point Community Church. After all, the ideas were developed for this specific church, and even North Point continually revises its programs. Don't copy this book. It just won't work the same for you.
Other ideas are innovative and valuable. Small group ministry has been around since Jesus called his 12 disciples. John Wesley built the huge Methodist movement on the structural foundation of small group ministry. Pastors salivate at the thought of using effective small groups. The problem is that most small groups are not effective. They become in grown. They fail to divide in life as easily as they divide on paper. They wander from the point and degenerate into globs of protospirituality. This book presents ideas to help keep those terrible things from happening.
Wich ideas are which? Which ones should be overlooked at the present time and which are valuable? Look the book over. Use those portions that meet your needs and ignore the rest. Don't throw the book away. Given time, you may want to consult it again. Given the right time and right circumstance, all these ideas might be valuable!
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One the best books to inspire, influence, and instruct church leaders on building effective small groups. Thank You Andy Stanley!!!Published 1 month ago by Cole Crouse
Small groups are an excellent place for growth that we have lost in our spiritual lives. Learning and knowledge is one thing yet fellowship and spiritual journeys are another.Published 6 months ago by Pastorc
This book should be required reading for any group considering starting small-group structures. Avoid the pit-falls.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This clear and concise book on the importance of community is a must read for every church considering or evaluating their community group culture and program.Published 10 months ago by Chad Haneman
The is an inspiring book that allow me to re-think the importance of small groups in a church. Good to read!Published 11 months ago by Kenny Wong