Andy Stanley and Bill Willits unveil the principles and practices that have empowered their team at North Point Community Church to connect more than one-hundred thousand adults in small groups at North Point's Atlanta campuses and strategic partners nationwide. This is not just another book about how to conduct a small group. This is a proven strategy for building a thriving small group culture in your local church.
As a next generation leader, I've been deeply impacted by the resources, sermons, and ideas that have come from Andy Stanley and North Point. Since encountering North Point's model nearly 5 years ago, I've wanted to build creative environments where unchurched people could come to experience God and where believers can grow in authentic community.
Now, I'm the pastor of a dynamic, growing group of young people called The Revolution who exist to Love God, Love People, and Serve the World. Since the conception of our ministry, we've believed that small groups were going to be an absolute necessity to foster the kind of community and discipleship we want to see. So I picked up "Creating Community" with a heart to learn what it would take to build a successful small group culture. Of all the books I've read on small groups, this has to be one of the most eye-opening and practical resources available.
Bill Willits and Andy Stanley walk you through an intentional process of recognizing people's need for community, developing a clear purpose, building a strategy as a church, making it simple and attainable for all, and setting small groups up to succeed. Each section of the book keeps you engaged while offering practical tools for moving forward with your small group ministry.
Whether you already have a thriving small group ministry, are considering starting one, or simply want to foster community in your ministry, this book is a must-read.
My only regret is that I didn't pick it up earlier on.