Do you have suggestions for a Small Group study to help teach some basic principles of community?

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Hi All, I'm starting to look for a small group study or other resources for six-weeks that would be the starting point for a relaunch for our church's small group ministry. I'm looking for something that would help teach some basic principles of community. Got any ideas? Got anything that worked well (or not so well)? Mike

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Hey Mike,
Sorry it took so long, I haven't checked out the SG section for awhile.

Check out ReGroup, a DVD study that helps groups learn to be communal groups. I've had great success with this.
http://www.zondervan.com/Cultures/en-US/Product/ProductDetail.htm?ProdID...

Also check smallgrouptrader.com There is a lot of great stuff on that site. Also smallgroups.com has fantastic study resources as well. I renew my membership every year and it is 110 % worth it.

"Experiencing Community" by Thom Corrigan is a bit dated, but still has some valuable helps in it for groups that are just getting started. I know of a church that used it recently with a turbo group with great success.

I noticed a video-based study called "What If We Cared" by Alan Danielson. It is asks the questions, "What if we cared?", "What if we were honest?", "What if we failed?" and What if we got off the couch?" Check it out and let us know what you think!

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Ruth,

Yeah, Alan Danielson is the bomb.  Super guy too. I got to hang out with him a lot at the Right Now Conference.  That particular study has really motivated our group.  I've used it with our newer groups to kinda get them on the right track. 

sorry Mike, I don't know what I didn't include that in my earlier post.  Also, smallgrouptrader.com is in a makeover so that each church can customize thier own online leader training using  SGT's training videos and it allows you to upload your own content and decide which or all the leaders you think need the material.

smallgroups.com is also another site that is worth every penny. 

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Andy Stanley's Community is a good video series is a pretty good intro to small groups as well.

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Brad,

That is a very good study too.

Another one I just previewed that came out from Lifeway is called "Building Biblical Community" by Bill Donahue and Steve Gladen.

I'm excited to give it a go.  The DVD sessions are wonderfully solid and the workbook is very challenging.

 

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I liked Community series because it has a good framework for what the expectations of a small group is and the benefits of the small group.  Also has practical ways for people to begin to learn their story.  You can hand it to new leaders and they should be pretty set.  The DVD material is crafted well and it also has full sermons that they are based on as well.

Just picked up the Tangible Kingdom Primer, it looks like a pretty interesting group / individual study as well.