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17 Great Small Group Books

Looking for a good book about Small Groups? Below is a list of some of my favorites. You can get most of them (maybe all) at Amazon, or if you're really interested; let me know and you can borrow one from my library:
  • Life Together by Deitrich Bonhoeffer
  • Why Small Groups. Series of Essays, edited by CJ Mahaney
  • The Search to Belong by Joe Meyers
  • Cultivating a Life for God by Neil Cole
  • Connecting by Larry Crab
  • Creative Community by Andy Stanley and Bill Willets
  • The Connecting Church by Randy Frazee
  • Small Group Leadership as Spiritual Direction by Heather Webb
  • Leading Life Changing Groups by Bill Donahue
  • Coaching Life Changing Groups by Bill Donahue
  • Making Small Groups Work by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
  • The Big Book on Small Groups by Jeffrey Arnold
  • Building a Church of Small Groups by Bill Donahue and Russ Robinson
  • Organic Community by Joe Meyers
  • Activate by Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas
  • The Seven Deadly Sins of Small Group Ministry by Bill Donahue and Russ Robinson
  • The Christian Life Profile Assessment Tool by Randy Frazee


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