Orange Announces Lead Small by Reggie Joiner and Tom Shefchunas
Being a small group leader takes more than just skills and practices. Small group leaders think small, despite their big ideas, because they choose to invest into a small group of people. Those who lead small realize that what they do for a few will always have more potential than what they do for many. It’s one of the biggest jobs in ministry. And because small groups come in all sizes, from those in diapers to those picking a college and career, every stage and phase of life needs the kind of influence a willing person can give. However, a person can easily be confused on what their role is in the lives of those they lead. Small group leaders can feel a little lost because they fall between the cracks of a parent and a friend, a coach and a teacher. They aren’t supposed to be any one thing, but instead a little of all of those things. This book provides them with clear goals and guidelines as they lead and build relationships.
Reggie and Tom agree that an authentic faith that is personal and passionate is the main goal and number one priority for any small group leader. It is the only kind of faith that will stick with “the few” past their graduation day. For that reason they have given 5 Faith Skills to be taught by the small group leader to help encourage and build the authentic faith: Navigate the Bible (survey and locate Scripture), Personalize Scripture (memorize and apply), Dialogue with God (pray in private and public), Articulate Faith (share and defend) and Worship with Your Life (praise and give). To reinforce these skills, five practices are outlined for implementation: Be Present, Create a Safe Place, Partner with Parents, Make it Personal and Move Them Out. Designed to be read individually, within a group of leaders, or as training by the local church, Lead Small will undoubtedly help answer questions and resolve issues faced by today’s small group leaders.
This book retails for $18 and can be purchased at OrangeStore.org. Ongoing conversations about the book and leading small groups can be found at LeadSmall.org.
About Tom Shefchunas:
Tom is the North Point Ministries multi-campus director of transit (middle school). Tom’s passion involves working with the campus directors and their teams, as well as recruiting and developing the hundreds of volunteer small group leaders it takes to pull off Transit at the five campuses. Tom and his wife Julie live in Cumming, Georgia, with their three children, Mac, Joey and Cooper.
About Reggie Joiner:
Reggie Joiner is the founder and CEO of the reThink Group, a nonprofit organization providing innovative curriculum resources and training to help churches maximize their influence on the spiritual growth of the next generation. The reThink Group is the architect and primary sponsor of The Orange Conference, www.TheOrangeConference.com, which provides training opportunities for senior pastors, church leaders, and ministry volunteers. Joiner is also one of the founding pastors, along with Andy Stanley, of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Ga. In his role as the executive director of Family Ministry, he developed the concepts of ministry for preschoolers, children, students, and married adults over the course of his eleven years with the church. Joiner is the author of Think Orange: Imagine the Impact When Church and Family Collide, and co-author of Seven Practices of Effective Ministries, and Parenting Beyond Your Capacity and The Slow Fade.