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BIG CHANGE HAPPENS WHEN YOU LEAD SMALL
If you’re a small group leader, you believe in the power of community. You know that every stage and phase of life needs a unique kind of influence. But what exactly do you do? What exactly is your job?
Lead Small: Five Big Ideas Every Small Group Leader Needs to Know clarifies the role and responsibilities of the small group leader who works with children and teenagers. It explains five proven strategies you can use to lead your small group well:
• BE PRESENT . . . so you can connect your kids’ faith to a community
• CREATE A SAFE PLACE . . . to clarify their faith as they grow
• PARTNER WITH PARENTS . . . to nurture an everyday faith in kids
• MAKE IT PERSONAL . . . to inspire their faith by your example
• MOVE THEM OUT . . . to engage their faith in a bigger story
When you lead small, you choose to invest in the lives of a few so that you can make a big impact on the faith of the next generation.
“…a must read for anyone who wants to be a good small group leader.”
“Thanks for the wisdom imparted in this book.”
“We use this in our small group leader training.”
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Reggie Joiner is the founder and CEO of Orange, an organization designed to redefine ministry approaches for churches and family environments. For nearly 40 years, he’s mentored teachers and leaders who influence the next generation. Reggie and his wife, Debbie, have raised four kids into adulthood.
Tom Shefchunas, or Shef as most people call him, has worked with students for over 20 years. He has been a teacher, a coach, a high school principal, and, until recently, the multi-campus director of middle school for North Point Ministries and the executive director of student strategy at Orange. Shef is now the executive director of Youth Specialties. Shef and his wife, Julie, live near Atlant, Georgia, with their three kids.
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LIDERAR EN PEQUEÑO
Cinco grandes ideas que todo líder de grupo pequeño necesita saber. Para líderes de grupos pequeños de preescolares, niños y adolescentes.
Five questions you should ask to give every kid hope. For anyone who works with preschoolers, children, and teenagers.
THE ART OF GROUP TALK
How to lead better conversations with kids and teenagers. A three-book series for leaders of preschoolers and elementary-age kids, teenage girls, and teenage guys.
A NEW KIND OF LEADER
Seven beliefs and practical applications to help you reimagine how you’re influencing your small group. Perfect short read for anyone who works with kids or teenagers.
A NEW KIND OF LEADER TRAINING
Seven training videos (10-15 minutes each, by Reggie Joiner) that explore the seven beliefs in the book A New Kind of Leader. For teams and for onboarding new volunteers and staff.
WHEN RELATIONSHIPS MATTER
Three values and nine practices that will help you create or improve your small group strategy. For leaders of small group leaders.