Small Groups That Succeed Small groups are the key to impacting lives in your church. But a healthy small-group environment - one that fosters meaningful, lasting connections - doesn´t just happen. So pull up a chair. Let´s talk about how to make it happen. Bill Willits and best-selling author Andy Stanley share their successful approach, which has resulted in nearly 8,000 adults becoming involved in small groups at North Point Community Church in Atlanta . Simply put, the five principles clearly described here have passed the test. This is not just another book about community; this is a book about strategy - strategy that builds a small-group culture. Creating Community shares clear and simple principles to help people connect into meaningful relationships. The kind God desires for each of us. The kind he uses to change our lives. Put this proven method to work in your ministry, and enjoy the tangible results - God´s people doing life together. ´´The small-group program at North Point Community Church is not an appendage; it is not a program we tacked on to an existing structure. It is part of our lifestyle. We think groups. We organize groups. We are driven by groups. Creating Community contains our blueprint for success. And I believe it has the potential power to revolutionize your own small-group ministry!´´ (Andy Stanley, Story Behind the Book) Creating Community flows out of the North Point Community Church story. The message here is not just some new small-group program but reflects a passion lived out and implemented in their church from the very beginning. Even with phenomenal growth, the church has stayed true to its commitment to small groups and has fine-tuned its ministry process into one of the most unique and effective models in churches today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lloyd James. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/001583/bk_hove_001583_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The development of meaningful relationships, where every member carries a significant sense of belonging, is central to what it means to be the church. So why do many Christians feel disappointed and disillusioned with their efforts to experience authentic community? Despite the best efforts of pastors, small group leaders, and faithful lay persons, church too often is a place of loneliness rather than connection. Church can be so much better. So intimate and alive. The Connecting Church tells you how. The answer may seem radical today, but it was a central component of life in the early church. First-century Christians knew what it meant to live in vital community with one another, relating with a depth and commitment that made ´´the body of Christ´´ a perfect metaphor for the church. What would it take to reclaim that kind of love, joy, support, and dynamic spiritual growth? Listen to this book and find out. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Peterson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zond/000341/bk_zond_000341_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Throughout his long life, Hamish Miller has encountered many extraordinary and life-challenging events. Parallel Community is a result of unique input triggered by near-death and out-of-body experiences, enabling him to tune in and learn from the minds of some of our ancient ancestors.While using dowsing techniques to research the complex fields of earth energy around the globe, his contact with wise and experienced people of many nationalities has convinced him that we must do something now to change our way of relating to the earth and to each other.This is the story of one man´s passion, a man driven by a need to halt the deterioration of the quality of life on this beautiful planet. If we are to create a world we are proud to hand on to our grandchildren, we can no longer blindly accept the decisions imposed on us by a small number of unsuitable, uncaring people.Parallel Community has been created as a platform empowering people throughout the world, acting and working together, to challenge the motives of our decision-makers and make a positive contribution to our future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hamish Miller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/real/000032/bk_real_000032_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Grenfell Tower fire broke out on 14th June 2017 in North Kensington. Over 150 homes were destroyed, and there were more than 70 casualties. With such extensive destruction, it’s hard to remember what it looked like before. One year on, this audiobook honours the Grenfell community and how its residents banded together through adversity. Gaby Doherty witnessed the fire firsthand; her husband, Revd. Dr. Sean Doherty, a Church of England minister, was the first clergy person on the scene. Good things can arise from harrowing adversities. Gaby and her husband live in a flat nearby The Tower, and she lost friends in the fire. Gaby’s account will make you understand what it was like living in North Kensington and how even the smallest gesture can change lives. In the aftermath of the fire, the community came together and raised aid efforts. God was seen in their actions, inspiring hope in what felt like a once futile situation. This book stems from personal experience of the impact of the fire. It features the testimony of locals, residents of the tower and those who came to help as well as on and by the community that experienced it, and the amazing stories of hope that followed in its wake. Grenfell Hope will help listeners understand what it was like living in North Kensington before and after the fire. It will help engage the listener with poverty issues, to examine attitudes to the poor and to consider how even small gestures in everyday life can change local communities. In the desperate situation of the fire, God was at work in people’s hearts, bringing hope in tiny gestures that mounted up to something enormous. Hope that couldn’t be ignored or even contained. Hope sprang out all over the country. About the author: Gaby was born a farmer’s granddaughter who, from the age of 5 to 18, lived on a farm in rural Somerset, with the nearest shops three miles away. Her experience of life was limited to the West Country,... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gaby Doherty, Alex Tregear, Neil Gardner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lbrk/000606/bk_lbrk_000606_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Have you joined a church or small group in hopes of experiencing real life change, only to be disappointed? Have you sat through inspiring sermons about what is possible when Christians gather together in mutually edifying relationships, only to recognize how cynical you have become after many failed attempts? Community may be one of the most over-promised, under-delivered aspects of the Christian life today. Individuals remain selfish and stuck in their ways. Communities become spiritually lifeless or even fall apart because we don´t know how to experience transformation together. Transforming community does not come primarily from listening to inspiring preaching or adding another church program. It emerges as we embrace a shared commitment to the attitudes, practices and behaviors that open us to Christ in our midst. And that´s where Life Together in Christ comes in. Reflecting on the story of the two disciples who meet Christ on the Emmaus Road, Ruth Haley Barton offers this interactive guide for small groups of spiritual companions who are ready to encounter Christ in transforming ways - right where they are on the road of real life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carol Hendrickson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020973/bk_adbl_020973_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the midst of the Superpowers and the Third World, a new vision is emerging of a Fourth World, encompassing small communities as an alternative to the notion that ´´bigger is better.´´ Returning power to a personal level is one of the goals, according to Papworth, who offers an expansive overview of the plight of the individual vs. ´´giant ism.´´ ´´Human scale and morality´´ need to be reintroduced to the political decision-making process, Papworth says, and he provides some useful ways to meet the challenge he so eloquently describes. Papworth is the founding editor of the Fourth World Review, and for nine years was personal assistant to the president of Zambia. Gregory McGee is a student of anti-nuclear political movements and spent a year in London working with Papworth. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Toms. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/newd/000030/rt_newd_000030_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Invest Local is a peek into the thoughts of local deal-making expert David Barnett. His experience and education in business brokerage, small business financing, and private finance gives him an insight into what’s wrong with the common financial planning advice available today and how you can make superior investment returns while mitigating risk and helping your local community. Big banks make huge profits lending to people in your community and small businesses all around you. Learn how you can help these people and entrepreneurs and keep more of these profits in your home town. Barnett offers step-by-step guidance on how to earn returns ranging from nine percent to infinity by doing car leases, secured loans, inventory financing, buying accounts receivables, financing mini and mobile homes, operating leases on machinery and more. High yield investing does not have to mean high-risk investing. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David C Barnett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/115566/bk_acx0_115566_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Eden, USA, is the perfect place to live until Ed Harris, the banker, finds his wife in bed with his best friend. Shotgun in hand, he escorts them to the door, and tells his friend: ´´Guess what? She´s yours!´´ ´´I´ve got a wife, Ed,´´ says the friend. ´´Now you have two...´´ Suddenly, Eden is turned upside down: love blossoms between the town drunk and his teetotaling neighbor, the Barrow Boys make parole, and the teenagers give the snooping sheriff´s deputy more than a whiff of birdshot. The Garden of Eden is about loyalty, sticking with those you love, tolerance and forgiveness, and the simple solutions ordinary people find to keep small communities strong. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Sowers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/000452/bk_aren_000452_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Over the past several years, Hardwick, Vermont, a typical hardscrabble farming community of three thousand residents, has jump-started its economy and redefined its self-image through a local, self-sustaining food system unlike anything else in America. Even as the recent financial downturn threatens to cripple small businesses and privately owned farms, a stunning number of food-based businesses have grown in the region—Vermont Soy, Jasper Hill Farm, Pete’s Greens, Patchwork Farm & Bakery, Applecheek Farm, Claire’s Restaurant and Bar, and Bonnieview Farm, to name only a few. The mostly young entrepreneurs have created a network of community support, meeting regularly to share advice, equipment, and business plans and to loan each other capital. Hardwick is fast becoming a model for other communities hoping to replicate its success. The captivating story of a small town coming back to life, The Town That Food Saved is narrative nonfiction at its best, full of colorful characters and grounded in an idea that will revolutionize the way we eat. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Morey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/004063/bk_blak_004063_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
We were created for community. So why do we want to be alone? The Bible tells the story of the immense power of human relationships and God´s love for the church. Douglas Bursch presents a timely, insightful, and practical theology of community. He examines the relational implications of human existence, sin, salvation, discipleship, evangelism, and other key biblical concepts. Doug also shares unfiltered stories concerning his personal weaknesses and the relational struggles he has faced as a pastor. Each chapter contains thought-provoking questions that can be used by individuals, pastors, small groups, and college classes for further in-depth discussions. Doug´s writing cuts to the heart of why community is so valuable but so costly. The Community of God: A Theology of the Church from a Reluctant Pastor is an indispensable resource for creating healthy Christian community in an increasingly individualistic world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Douglas S. Bursch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/088203/bk_acx0_088203_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.