Making Small Groups Work book cover.

Making Small 
Groups Work

Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend


Drs. Cloud and Townsend in their book Making Small Groups Work emphasize the importance of small support groups to individual change and growth to maturity. Dr. Cloud wrote, “Small groups are not an add-on, secondary concern, or fad. What happens in a good small group is part of the very work of the church itself. It is primary, and should be seen that way.” He quotes Ephesians 4:16 as biblical instruction for people helping people to grow up. “From him [Christ] the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”

The authors, Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend, wrote, “We designed this book with one end in mind: how do you do small groups that change lives?” They also said, “…there is no one right way to do small groups.” Their principles are flexible and can be used with many different kinds of groups who form for often very different reasons: Some of which are Bible study, parenting, addictions. 

They emphasize the importance of six aspects of reconciliation to the growth process which are “matters of the heart, not knowledge.” They assert, “…the Bible shows that God uses faithful people, not perfect people. If you faithfully practice these areas [of reconciliation] God will make you fruitful.”

They show how grace, truth, and time are all essential to the process of growing in spiritual maturity.

Anyone involved in a small group as a leader or member can benefit by applying principles from this book Making Small Groups work.
Book Review
By Scarlett Stough
Title: Making Small Groups Work
Author: Dr. Henry Cloud; Dr. John Townsend copyright 2003
Publisher: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530
ISBN: 0-310-25028-5

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