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I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Small Groups Made Easy: Practical and Biblical Starting Points to Lead Your Gathering by Ryan Lokkesmoe

Small Groups Made Easy: Practical and Biblical Starting Points to Lead Your GatheringABOUT THE BOOK

You're interested in leading a small group, but you're a little afraid. What are you getting yourself into? How do you get started? Don't worry--you're not alone. Many small group leaders feel ill-equipped for the task of leading in spite of the many books, conferences, online resources, and church-based training opportunities that are available.

Other small group books tend to focus on the overall theory of the small group's place in the life of the church rather than the day-to-day nuts and bolts. Small Groups Made Easy focuses on practical pointers, overcoming challenges, and how to lead discussions. Half the book is made up of short sample Bible studies and topical studies that include icebreaker questions, discussion questions about the text, and guides for leading prayer times.

In this book you'll discover all the tools you need to lead an effective small group.


Small Groups Made Easy is a 157-page paperback book designed to help you start and lead a small group study. Author Ryan Lokkesmoe offers many practical tips and some great Biblical starting suggestions in this book that is divided into two parts. The first part, Practical Starting Points, helps you determine what you wish to accomplish and how to work toward those goals. The second part, Starter Small-Group Studies, has twelve planned Bible studies, complete with suggested scripture, sample prayers, and questions. I found this section to be especially helpful and inspiring and it could be easily adapted for personal bible study.

Lokkesmoe states that "a small gathering of Christians is the most ancient ministry practice of the Church" and he encourages us to rely on the Lord as we start to lead and to not let a low attendance deter us. "Just keep meeting and be happy to see whoever shows up."

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House but was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


RYAN LOKKESMOE PhD is the Lead Pastor of Real Hope Community Church in the Houston area. He earned his master's degree in New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and his doctorate in New Testament at The University of Denver. Ryan is the author of Blurry: Bringing Clarity to the Bible (CLC Publications), and has written Small Group curriculum for LifeWay as well as articles for the Lexham Bible Dictionary. Ryan previously served as the Small Groups Pastor at a multi-site church. He lives in Richmond, TX with his wife Ashley and their two children.

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