In Creating Community, Andy Stanley and Bill Willits take you on their amazing journey of developing the small group culture at North Point Community Church. They reveal their five key discoveries about what it takes to create a compelling small group ministry. These discoveries have helped connect almost 8,000 people into North Point's adult small groups. This is not just another book about community; this is a book about strategy - strategy that builds a small group culture. Creating Community shares clear and simple principles to help people connect into meaningful relationships. The kind God desires for each of us. The kind He uses to change our lives.Publishers Description
Small Groups That "Succeed."
Small groups are the key to impacting lives in your church. But a healthy small-group environment--one that fosters meaningful, lasting connections--doesn't just "happen."
So pull up a chair. Let's talk about how to "make" it happen.
Bill Willits and bestselling author Andy Stanley share their successful approach, which has resulted in nearly eight thousand adults becoming involved in small groups at North Point Community Church in Atlanta . Simply put, the five principles clearly described here have passed the test.
This is not just another book about community; this is a book about strategy--strategy that builds a small group culture. Creating Community shares clear and simple principles to help people connect into meaningful relationships. The kind God desires for each of us. The kind He uses to change our lives.
Put this proven method to work in your ministry and enjoy the tangible results--God's people doing life TOGETHER.
"The small-group program at North Point Community Church is not an appendage; it is not a program we tacked on to an existing structure. It is part of our lifestyle. We think groups. We organize groups. We are driven by groups. "Creating Community" contains our blueprint for success. And I believe it has the potential power to revolutionize your own small-group ministry " -- Andy Stanley
Story Behind the Book
Creating Community flows out of the North Point Community Church story. The message here is not just some new small group program, but reflects a passion lived out and implemented in their church from the very beginning. Even with phenomenal growth, the church has stayed true to its commitment to small groups and has fine-tuned its ministry process into one of the most unique and effective models in churches today. Andy Stanley and Bill Willits have put these successful principles into this new book with the hope and prayer that pastors, churches, and leader with put them into practice.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.8"
Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jan 3, 2005
Publisher Multnomah Books
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Andy Stanley is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and the founding pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, with a youthful congregation of more than 16,000 on three campuses. Andy is the author of the 1998 ForeWord Book of the Year finalist Visioneering , the bestsellers Like a Rock and The Next Generation Leader, and the recent How Good Is Good Enough? Andy and his wife, Sandra, have two sons and a daughter.
Bill Willitts is the Director of Group Life at North Point Community Church. Bill is a graduate of Florida State University and Dallas Theological Seminary and has previously served on other church staffs in Atlanta and Dallas, Texas. His most important small group consists of his wife, Terry, and their daughter, Bailey.
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|Explains the Essence! Oct 25, 2008|
|I've read many books about small groups and this is one of the best I've read! The authors explain well the real essence for having a small group. It is a must for church leaders to read this, especially if they really interested to have deeper relationship with their members and among members. I believe the church that practices this will have members who will love to stay there because now it is part of their lives and not only a place for worship and hearing the Word of God. |
|Creating Community, 5 Keys to Building a small Group Culture Apr 21, 2008|
|A great book that simplifies keys to building a small group culture in any size church. Our Small Group Ministry Team has found it most helpful.|
|Creating Cimmunity:Five Keys to Building Small group Culture Feb 27, 2008|
|This book was mailed to me in a timely manner and it is an excellent reading for busy people!|
|Great Application of the 7 Practices Jan 6, 2008|
|Looking for a way to think about how to design your small group ministry? That might be the most helpful thing about Creating Community: Five Keys to Building a Small Group Culture. Although it's a short book (190 pages), it contains some very important keys to building a small group culture in your church. Most important? North Point's fundamental bias is to be intentional about the what and the how of everything they do. This is a huge lesson for the rest of us...one not to be missed.|
Like the Seven Practices of Effective Ministry, Creating Community takes you sequentially through the process of making some challenging decisions as you begin to develop a small group ministry. Learning to ask three questions can provide a good foundation: (1) What do we want people to become?, (2) What do we want people to do?, and (3) Where do want people to go? These questions are all about "clarifying the win" and "thinking steps not programs" (two keys to the Seven Practices).
While Creating Community doesn't tackle how to take apart your existing program, it does a great job of providing a way of thinking about what a better approach might be. For all of us who are wrestling with systems that are less than effective, this is a good addition to the arsenal. At the same time, if you've got the tough work of taking apart a preexisting structure, you may want to consider John Kotter's Leading Change as a companion!
|Unbelievable resource for church builders Jun 7, 2007|
|wow! Though I'm not a fan of the "7 steps to..." "5 ways to...." etc. books, I LOVED this! It starts off a little slow, but develops into a PERFECT plan for building community in your church. My husband and I are church planters and we were so grateful for every single piece of advice in this book. Amazing!|
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