Of the 120+ resources on this site, we've selected three resources you should read to acquaint yourself with the holistic small group (cell) model and the member-lifestyle that drives it:
The Naked Truth About Small Group Ministry by Randall Neighbour
This book explains why so many American churches who try to launch holistic small groups
fail ... and how to succeed when you launch your first groups! It was written by Randall Neighbour, a keen observer and consultant to the group life movement in America. His in-your-face writing style is guaranteed to communicate like no other book on small group ministry, exposing the root causes of small group ministry failure (failure to reach the lost, failure to disciple people, failure to produce new leaders for new groups, failure to help the group members walk free of habitual sin, and many more!).
How Do We Get There From Here? by M. Scott Boren
This book contains an 8-stage process for implementing holistic small groups through prototyping, which is introduced in The Naked Truth About Small Group Ministry. You will learn how and when to introduce group life to your congregation, how to keep other programs from competing with groups, how to modify your budget and calendar to accommodate small group life, and much, much more. Note that this book does not suggest you follow the pattern of one megachurch—which never seems to work. The content is based on case study research of fifty U.S. churches who struggled with small group ministry and what they said they'd do differently if they could do it all over again.
Community Life 101 by Randall Neighbour
This last book is for group members, but you should definitely read it as a pastor. After all, healthy, growing, and productive small group members make for success, not the structure or even the quality of the group leaders! This little book is widely used to explain the requirements and benefits of active participation in group life and how to enter into Christ's presence during meetings to experience his power and purposes. We included it in this bundle because the top two books are the "what" and "why" for holistic small groups, and this pocket book is the "how."
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