Small Group Leadership As Spiritual Direction: Practical Ways to Blend an Ancient Art into Your…

Paperback | February 13, 2005

byHeather Parkinson Webb

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Don’t just LEAD a small group, DIRECT it. Members of your small group look to you for answers. They bring their raw questions and intimate needs to you, looking for wisdom and understanding. How can you encourage your group to consider the Holy Spirit’s voice? “Spiritual direction is an ancient art of being with another person in relationship with God,” writes author Heather Webb. This time-tested practice requires that you remain attentive and open to divine interactions you might otherwise miss. Field-tested through the author’s years of experience, Small Group Leadership as Spiritual Direction will help you: - Avoid common small-group pitfalls - Take on difficult questions - Speak God’s words into others’ lives - Deepen your group’s desire for God The exciting discipline of spiritual direction allows you to create a space in which the Holy Spirit can move among your group. As you begin to discern Christ’s call in the lives of others, you will see your ministry with a new perspective and uncover new ways to direct your group, not just lead it.

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Don’t just LEAD a small group, DIRECT it. Members of your small group look to you for answers. They bring their raw questions and intimate needs to you, looking for wisdom and understanding. How can you encourage your group to consider the Holy Spirit’s voice? “Spiritual direction is an ancient art of being with another person in relat...

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Don't just LEAD a small group, DIRECT it. Members of your small group look to you for answers. They bring their raw questions and intimate needs to you, looking for wisdom and understanding. How can you encourage your group to consider the Holy Spirit's voice? "Spiritual direction is an ancient art of being with another person in rel...

Heather Webb is a spiritual director and an ordained minister in the PCUSA who holds a masters in counseling degree from Colorado Christian University and a doctor of ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is a licensed professional counselor.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.38 inPublished:February 13, 2005Publisher:Zondervan/Youth SpecialtiesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310259525

ISBN - 13:9780310259527

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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS9 Foreword15 IntroductionSECTION 1: Small Groups: Coming Together for Relationship21 Chapter 1 Soul Hunger27 Chapter 2 Christian Community31 Chapter 3 Today's Small Groups35 Chapter 4 Small Groups and Spiritual Needs41 Chapter 5 Small Group DynamicsSECTION 2: Spiritual Direction: Reviving the Ancient Art54 Interlude 1 A Tale of Spiritual Direction57 Chapter 6 The Challenges of Spiritual Direction67 Chapter 7 Spiritual Direction in Practice71 Chapter 8 Spiritual Direction Versus Counseling75 Chapter 9 Cross-Cultural Concerns and Direction82 Interlude 2 A Tale of Direction ConcludedSECTION 3: Direction as a Small Group Leadership Style87 Chapter 10 The Bridge to Postmodernism95 Chapter 11 Small Group IssuesSECTION 4: New Models for a New Era103 Chapter 12 The Story-Centered Group111 Chapter 13 The Text-Centered Group117 Chapter 14 The Prayer-Centered Group123 Conclusion127 Endnotes133 Bibliography139 Acknowledgements

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'...a well-researched book aimed at small group leaders....[A] guide to being a more effective leader.'