The Naked Truth About Small Group Ministry
when it won't work and what to do about it
by Randall Neighbour
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Table of Contents:
Definition of a holistic small group
The naked truth about the American Church: The heart of the house is dead
The naked truth about lead pastors: attitudes and strategies that bastardize the nature of holistic small groups
The naked truth about implementation strategies: common mistakes that promote lethargy and small group closure
The naked truth about relational discipleship: the American church doesn't do it
The naked truth about small group leadership: it's time to break with tradition
The naked truth about intergenerational small groups: children are your most powerful small group members
The naked truth about small group-driven churches: guiding principles that produce healthy small groups
Appendices & End Notes
Contains a lead pastor's personal assessment for relational ministry; a small group leader's personal assessment for continued development and growth; and an agenda for a small group to use for an hour of prayer.
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About the author:
Randall Neighbour is the President of TOUCH Outreach Ministries, Inc., a non-profit organization located in Houston, Texas. His threefold ministry focus is to consult, train, and resource churches as they fulfill the Great Commandment and Great Commission through a highly relational holistic small group-based model for church life. Randall is the author of six additional resources for small group members, leaders, coaches, and groups.
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What others are saying about this book:
“This book is a wake-up call for the American church. I found it to be positively unsettling, but also biblical, insightful, practical, and motivating.”
— Dr. Dave Earley, author and professor, Liberty Theological Seminary
“After reading the first chapter, a loud Amen! rose from within my spirit. Neighbour is a prophetic voice to the small group movement. This is a must-read for any lead pastor who wants healthy and missional small groups.”
— Jeff Anderle, Lead Pastor, Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Chattanooga, TN
“Many experts and authors offer surface-level criticism of the group life movement’s failings. They simply point to symptoms. Randall gives us a clear diagnosis of the underlying problems and offers thoughtful treatment paths to strength, health, and growth for your groups, your ministry, and the movement.”
— Greg Bowman, Group Life Movement Brand Architect, Willow Creek Association
“Prepare to be challenged in every area of thinking and practice. Instead of fixating on superficial structural issues, Neighbour penetrates to the underlying spiritual qualities needed for authentic change in the church.”
— Dennis McCallum, author and Founder/Lead Pastor of Xenos Christian Fellowship, Columbus, OH
“Every movement loses her way. Then God brings someone along to redirect that movement back to her roots. This book not only reminds the small group world who she must become again but also gives practical advice on how to return there. If your small group ministry is struggling, you are considering starting a small group ministry, or you’ve tried small groups before and come up lacking, this book was written for you!”
— Rick Howerton, author and National Director of Events and Training, Serendipity by Lifeway
“Through the last 12 years of working very closely with Randall, I know one thing for sure: I’ll always get an honest answer from him. And this is exactly what you’ll find in The Naked Truth about Small Groups. Randall reveals what has gone wrong with small groups in North America. But he doesn’t stop there. He offers biblical solutions that will help transform you, your church, and your small groups.”
— Joel Comiskey, author, Lead Pastor of Wellspring Church, Moreno Valley, CA
“Randall exposes the raw facts about small group ministry while revealing God’s original designs for both living out the great commandment and carrying out the great commission. The Naked Truth About Small Group Ministry is chock-full of practical wisdom, problem-solving paradigms, and a genuine passion for missional communities of faith, love, and hope.”
— Dave Auda, Small Groups Pastor, Mosaic, Los Angeles, CA
“The first step towards healing is admitting that you have a problem. And if we aren’t willing to admit the problem, Randall Neighbour is bold enough to do it for us. Standing on years of experience, Neighbour shoots straight with pictures, stories, and raw reflections on the state of community and discipleship in our churches, and offers straightforward and time-tested advice for getting back to Biblical basics. Like a good athletic trainer, he breaks us down in order to build us up to greater strength.”
—Heather Zempel, Discipleship Pastor, National Community Church, Washington, D.C.
“I love Randall Neighbour, but he irritates me. It must be his spiritual gift. He exposes why some of our cherished methods and practices fail: they’re unsatisfactory, unrealistic, and sometimes unbiblical—but we keep doing them anyway!We’d go right on doing them, too, without this discerning and gifted practitioner screaming: The emperor has no clothes! Well known within the cell church community, Randall’s insights are informed by years of experience and a love of Christ and his Church. His ministry framework may not precisely overlap your own, but his insights apply to anyone who wants to facilitate the formation of true Biblical community. If your small group ministry is thriving, on life support or even left for dead, this book can show you why, and what to do next.”
—Dave Treat, group life speaker, trainer, and writer
“If you are looking for nice platitudes or easy advice about small groups, you won't get them here. Randall has been around the ‘small group block’ too many times to ignore the fact that groups are about real people and messy relationships in the real world. If you want sound counsel on how to deal with the realities of these kinds of people and their relationships, then find the time to devour this book.”
—Scott Boren, pastor, consultant, and author of The Relational Way and Missional Small Groups
This book carries an unconditional, 30-day money-back guarantee.
If for any reason you are not happy with this title, you can send it back to TOUCH within 30 days of receipt for a full refund of the purchase price of the book.