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Soul-Shaping Small Groups

Kim V Engelmann

Soul-Shaping Small Groups

Kim V Engelmann

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Is your small group boring? (It's okay to be honest.)

  • ^^Do you sometimes have to force yourself to attend the meetings (even the meetings you lead!)?
  • Do you wonder if small groups are doing anything for your spiritual growth?
^^Kim Engelmann, a pastor and small group leader, describes how she felt about one small group she attended:

^^"It is Thursday evening--small group night. I . . . hesitate before getting out of the car. Do I really want to do this? I am not the sort of person that likes weeknight meetings. I am tired from a long day's work, but I push my car door open and crunch on up the gravel driveway. . .

^^I convince myself that this is for my own good. I tell myself that I ought to be grateful that I live in a free country where small groups that talk about Jesus and the Bible are allowed. But I am not grateful--not one little bit."

^^As a result Kim asked herself a hard question about groups: Is it small groups that are the problem or the way we do small groups?

^^In this book she shares her answers, offering a new format for groups that gives authentic spiritual community a chance. She challenges the compartmentalization of Bible study, prayer and even fun (only laugh during icebreaker time!), and offers creative, practical suggestions that can serve to integrate these aspects into an experiential framework.

^^Whether you are a pastor, a group leader or a member, if you find yourself dragging when it's time for small group, then this is the book for you.^



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About "Soul-Shaping Small Groups"

Is your small group boring? (It's okay to be honest.)

  • ^^Do you sometimes have to force yourself to attend the meetings (even the meetings you lead!)?
  • Do you wonder if small groups are doing anything for your spiritual growth?
^^Kim Engelmann, a pastor and small group leader, describes how she felt about one small group she attended:

^^"It is Thursday evening--small group night. I . . . hesitate before getting out of the car. Do I really want to do this? I am not the sort of person that likes weeknight meetings. I am tired from a long day's work, but I push my car door open and crunch on up the gravel driveway. . .

^^I convince myself that this is for my own good. I tell myself that I ought to be grateful that I live in a free country where small groups that talk about Jesus and the Bible are allowed. But I am not grateful--not one little bit."

^^As a result Kim asked herself a hard question about groups: Is it small groups that are the problem or the way we do small groups?

^^In this book she shares her answers, offering a new format for groups that gives authentic spiritual community a chance. She challenges the compartmentalization of Bible study, prayer and even fun (only laugh during icebreaker time!), and offers creative, practical suggestions that can serve to integrate these aspects into an experiential framework.

^^Whether you are a pastor, a group leader or a member, if you find yourself dragging when it's time for small group, then this is the book for you.^


- Publisher

Meet the Author

Kim V Engelmann

Kim V. Engelmann (D.Min., Boston University) is senior pastor at West Valley Presbyterian Church in Cupertino, CA. Previously she served as pastor of caring ministries at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California and as associate pastor for First Congregational Church in Redwood City, California, Trinitarian Congregational Church in North Andover, Massachusetts, and The Federated Church of Ashland, Massachusetts.

Her books include Seeing Jesus: Glimpses of God in My Life (2004) and three volumes that make up The Joona Trilogy (1995). She also writes the Conversation Guide in the journal, Conversations!, and most recently authored Running in Circles:How False Spirituality Traps Us in Unhealthy Relationships (2007) and Soul-Shaping Small Groups: A Refreshing Approach for Exasperated Leaders (2010)

Table Of Contents

  • Foreword By John Ortberg
  • Part One: Experiencing God's Presence In Small Groups
  • 1 Confessions Of A Small Group Deviant
  • 2 How Small Groups Can Lead To Spiritual Stagnation
  • 3 Moving Into The Presence Of God
  • 4 Building A Praying Community
  • 5 A New Kind Of Small Group
  • 6 Creating Emmaus Road Groups
  • Part Two: Exercises
  • 7 Invitational Exercises
  • 8 Sharing/prayer
  • 9 Listening
  • 10 Interceding For Others
  • 11 Befriending Scripture
  • 12 Community Building
  • Group Discussion Guide
  • Notes

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 302420
  • Product Code 9780830837342
  • ISBN 0830837345
  • EAN 9780830837342
  • Pages 168
  • Department Ministry
  • Category Ministry Resources
  • Sub-Category Small Groups
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date May 2010
  • Sales Rank #58945
  • Dimensions 209 x 139 x 9 mm
  • Weight 0.181kg

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