Book Review: Creating Community

North Point Community Church is, I’m told, a big church. I confess I know very little about them, what they believe or don’t believe.  However they do have a strong focus on small groups. Creating Community: 5 Keys to building a small group culture is their ‘how to do what we do’ book on small groups. And let me air this gripe right away, Andy Stanley’s name is not on this book because he wrote it but because his name is higher profile. This book is written by Bill Willits so it was a…

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The church as God’s family

“The Scriptures command us as God’s family to encourage and build up one another, instruct one another, teach and admonish one another, prompt one another toward love and good deeds, serving one another in love. We teach people how to relate to each other in these ways, telling stories of the powerful abilities they have to develop one another. When small group communities learn to be the voice of God, looking for the potential God sees in each person, encouraging the development of each other, amazing things happen. People realise…

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Great advice on small groups

This is great advice from John Burke in No Perfect People Allowed: Creating a Come-as-You-Are Culture in the Church: “What I’ve found in the past twenty years of leading small groups is this: if you help people feel at ease and enjoy being together, opening up to each other early on, you’ll have years of time to truly go deep in study and prayer. If your group fails to achieve that homestyle, laughing-around-the-dinner-table feel, your group will never become the healing, life-giving family environment God intended. Groups who do life…

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