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The Seven Deadly Sins of Small Group Ministry: A Troubleshooting Guide for Church Leaders

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This title provides a troubleshooting guide for Church leaders. It has an assessment and solution for seven common obstacles to building small groups.
Hardcover, 241 pages
Published September 29th 2002 by Zondervan
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Andrew Barlow
Jul 12, 2012 Andrew Barlow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this bok an extremely helpful tool in thinking through small group principles and methods. Donahue and Robinson are both Willow Creek gurus and bring years of (sometimes painful) experience to the book. Though most reading this book will have a much smaller ministry scope than WIllow Creek, the principles nevertheless apply: (1) have clear ministry objectives, (2) Pick the right point man, (3) Develop a healthy coaching structure, (4) Develop new leaders constantly, (5) Open-group (this ...more
Feb 09, 2008 Aaron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people involved in really big churches with small group ministries
Wow. Lots of information I don't quite need. This is geared more towards guys who are part of small group ministries in churches of hundreds of people (maybe), if not thousands of people (more like it).

We have a church of tens of people (upwards of 3 or 4 tens). A lot of "rules" this book give don't apply at this size. They can't. Like the "rule" about having a dedicated coaching staff to coach your small group leaders. We only have two small groups! And we have three leaders! I'm sure it would
Peter Schott
Jan 27, 2011 Peter Schott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book to read if your church is at any stage of using small groups. The seven most common problems are addressed and solutions proposed. I only wish there were some downloadable forms to help the church fill out some ideas as they work through the book or perhaps some questions to help evaluate.

There are more details about small groups in their other books so will likely pick up those to read in the future.
Tad Savoy
Feb 19, 2015 Tad Savoy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book when I took the Small Groups Pastor position at my church. I found this book to be very insightful and helped me to wrap my mind around Small Group ministry. Donahue and Robinson helped me to prioritize my actions and made for a fairly smooth transition in the ministry. I highly recommend this book for any Small Group pastors.
Jun 28, 2009 Brent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very helpful guide from the leaders of Willow Creek’s Small Group ministry. The authors honestly report the insights they have gained from the many years of the evolution of their church’s ministry through small groups. There’s a lot I agree with in their inclusive and realistic style of ministry.
Brad Francis
Apr 29, 2013 Brad Francis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really strikes me as a valuable resource for pastors/Christian leaders.
Jul 01, 2009 Marc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty decent. Generally applicable.
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Bill Donahue is an associate professor at Trinity International University and a popular conference speaker. The author of more than a dozen books with sales over 550,000 copies, he is former director of leadership development and group life for the Willow Creek Community Church and Association. He lives in Illinois.
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