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mall Group Resources This list is a sampling of favorite Bible studies, books and topics for small group discussions. Resources marked (*) include discussion questions or outlines for discussion leaders.

The Biggest Job We'll Ever Have

: The Hyde School Program for Character-based Parenting by Laura and Malcolm Gauld (Parents learn specific ways to strengthen family relationships, to set high expectations for their children and let go of outcomes, and how to establish honesty as a family priority). Discussion Guide (PDF)* [add link]

Called to Be Church

: The Book of Acts for a New Day by Anthony B. Robinson and Robert W. Wall

The Celtic Way of Evangelism

: How Christianity Can Reach the West...Again by George G. Hunter III

Everything Must Change

: When the World's Biggest Problems and Jesus' Good News Collide by Brian D. McLaren

The Externally-Focused Church

: by Rick Rusaw and Eric Swanson. Learn from other churches how to master community service. "Service is something the community needs, God desires, and the church has the capacity to do. . . It is in meeting those needs through service that meaningful relationships develop, and out of relationships come endless opportunities to share the love of Christ and the gospel of salvation."

Fearless: Imagining Your Life Without Fear*

: by Max Lucado. One of the things Jesus tells people frequently in the New Testament is "Do not be afraid." And yet especially at this time we seem to be bombarded with reasons to fear, including economic crises, unemployment, wars, natural disasters and environmental problems. Fearless addresses some of our biggest fears in light of our faith, and explores a positive spiritual response to the growing minefield of fear. The book contains discussion questions. Also available are a DVD and six session leader's and discussion guides for Chapters 1,2,3,10, 13 and 14.

Finding Our Way Again

: The Return of the Ancient Practices by Brian D. McLaren

A Generous Orthodoxy

: Why I am a missional, evangelical, post/protestant, liberal/conservative, mystical/poetic, biblical, charismatic/contemplative, fundamentalist/calvinist, anabaptist/anglican, Methodist, catholic, green, incarnational, depressed-yet-hopeful, emergent, unfinished Christian* by Brian D. McLaren

God's Love, Human Freedom and Christian Faith

* by Jim Gettel (An introduction to spiritual theology and disciplines).

The Jesus Way

: A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way by Eugene H. Peterson

Listening to God: 8 Bible Discussions for Discernment

(PDF)* by Jim Gettel (Eight small group discussion outlines center around scripture readings, quotations and questions about how to listen to what God wants for our lives are appropriate to initiate wonderful discussions about experiences with discernment for people at all different stages of their spiritual journeys).

Looking at the Life of Jesus

: 7 Seeker Bible Discussions in the Gospel of John* by Rebecca Manley Pippert works especially well when combined with selections from the wonderful Gospel of John video. Discussion Guide for an extra session (PDF)*

New Seeds of Contemplation

: by Thomas Merton

Network Kit : The Right People, in the Right Places, for the Right Reasons, at the Right Time

by Bruce L. Bugbee, Don Cousins and Wendy Seidman (This complete spiritual gifts seminar in a box includes a leader's guide; a participant's guide; a DVD with drama vignettes; and a CD-ROM with a coach's guide, a user's guide, and a PowerPoint®. Participants are assessed on their personal style, spiritual passion, and gifts. The six Network sessions can be presented successfully in three flexible formats: three sessions of two hours each; six sessions of forty-five minutes each; or one- two- or three-day retreats.)

Out of the Saltshaker & into the World

: by Rebecca Manley Pippert (One of the very best introductions to effective relational evangelism).

People Who Met Jesus

: 7 Seeker Bible Discussions* by Rebecca Manley Pippert

The Present Future

: Six Tough Questions for the Church by Reggie McNeal

The Purpose Driven Life

* by Rick Warren (Teaching DVD, book and study guide make up possibly the most popular small group of all time).

The Ragamuffin Gospel

: Embracing the Unconditional Love of God by Brennan Manning (A wonderful book about God's grace and love). Discussion Guide (PDF)*

The Return of the Prodigal Son

: A Story of Homecoming by Henri J.M. Nouwen (A deeply personal reflection on the parable of the prodigal son and God's love and reconciliation)

Simply Christian

: Why Christianity Makes Sense by N.T. Wright

Spirituality According to Jesus

: 8 Seeker Bible Discussions on the Gospel of Luke* by Rebecca Manley Pippert


: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship by Alan Hirsch and Debra Hirsch

Velvet Elvis

: Repainting the Christian Faith by Rob Bell Discussion Guide (PDF)*
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