Of all the things a church can do to that impacts making disciples, starting a new group(s) is at the top of the list. Last fall a group of us that are committed to see a new groups movement take place in America got together and wrote a new groups resource for pastors, education/discipleship ministers, and Sunday School Directors. Called Be a Catalyst: Start New Groups, this book is available now on Amazon for a mere $0.99.
Along with a bunch of other people, this same group prayed this morning for God to bring a spiritual awakening in America, and we truly believe that He might do it through a new groups movement.
Here are the chapter headings of the book:
Introduction – Bob Mayfield, Oklahoma
Chapter 1, Why Start New Groups – Kiely Young, Mississippi
Chapter 2, Find Your Target – David Bond, Arkansas
Chapter 3, Show Them the Apprentice – Darryl Wilson, Kentucky
Chapter 4, Forming New Groups – Mark Miller, Tennessee
Chapter 5, When and Where New Groups Begin – Jeff Ingram, Louisiana
Chapter 6, Next Steps – Sean Keith, Louisiana
Sean Keith of the Louisiana Baptist Convention and Kiely Young of the Mississippi Baptist Convention compiled the resource. Also, Dwayne McCrary of LifeWay Christian Resources provided his own editorial, proofreading, and graphics skills as well.
If you are looking for a step by step process that includes the why and how of starting a new group, this resource piece is for you. It’s a mere 44 pages in length and can be read in 30 minutes.