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Posted by on Aug 31, 2013 in Small Group Resources |

Small Groups Engaging the Community

Small Groups Engaging the Community

Recently, Christianity Today struck up a relationship with Ed Stetzer who now writes a blog for our ministry. And I must admit, I’m thankful. I’m thankful because he’s writing about discipleship, community, and missional living—three topics that are dear to my heart and to yours. And that’s because they’re goals of small-group ministry. Last week, Stetzer posted “Four Steps to Community Engagement” and discussed how exactly churches can begin to impact their communities. Though some articles that have a specific number of steps seem to offer paltry advice, Stetzer hits the nail on the head. First of all, he writes, we must define what success will look like—and it must go beyond bodies, budgets, and buildings. We must learn to define success as transformed lives. Second, the church must do the hard work of preparing. In other words, churches must train leaders in this area, cast vision, and model how to engage the community. Third, churches must provide personal leadership to believers. And that’s where small-group leaders can have...

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