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Mark Howell’s Small Group Summer Reading List

May 23, 2011

Mark Howell gives a list of books on small groups to read this summer.  They are:


  1. Small Groups with Purpose by Steve Gladden.  It’s packed with the philosophy that has built the largest small group ministry in the United States.  As the Pastor of the Small Group Community at Saddleback Church, Gladen is one of the smartest grouplife guys I know.  He’s not a theorist.  He’s a practitioner.  This book releases on June 1st.

  2. Connecting in Communities by Eddie Mosley.  This is a very easy read and very practical.  Make sure you’ve got a pen nearby because your copy is going to be marked up like mine.  There’s a lot here you’re going to think about adding to your system.

  3. Missional Small Groups by Scott Boren.  Says Howell, “I included the missional group movement in my list of current grouplife trends because there is an increasingly important conversation going on right now about how to build groups that can impact and influence communities.  I particularly loved Boren’s “four different stories within grouplife.””

  4. The Next Christians by Gabe Lyons.  If you want to be involved in the grouplife opportunity to reach the widening 60%that will not be reached by the attractional model, this is a book you need to be reading.

  5. Nine Keys to Effective Small Group Leadership: How Lay Leaders Can Establish Dynamic and Healthy Cells, Classes, or Teams by Carl George.  One of the best books on small group ministry…that you’ve never read.  First published in 1991, it’s been revised and updated.  This is a very important book if you want to build an effective small group ministry.
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