Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | November 9, 2010

A small group that makes a difference

“Missional Small Groups” by M. Scott Boren is a guidebook on how to create a community that makes a difference.  The first part, “Listening,” discusses the dynamic of small groups and how people tend to view and fit into them.  The second part, “Practicing,” is a guidebook on how to make missional small groups more than just a meeting but a part of the members’ lives.

The musical references at the beginning of the book are tedious and a bit annoying, but once past the first part and into the second you begin to get information that shows you how to connect with others in a small group in order to impact the world.  A small group should not be a group of people who withdraw by themselves to discuss superficial topics.  It should be a group of people with varying interests and personalities who work together to bring change to their community and reach the world for Christ.

It is primarily written as a training guide for pastors and small group leaders and offers steps on  how to bring a missional small group into fruition by discussing conflict resolution, discussion topics, incorporating children into the “adult” small group dynamic and engaging with the neighborhood.


Boren brings up the controversial topic of taking the church outside the church and into the neighborhoods.  Instead of trying to invite people to the church, we should go out into the neighborhoods, see where God is already working, and begin the task He requires of us.  Jesus told the disciples to go and make disciples.  He did not say invite them to come to church so we can make them disciples.

Click here for more information about the Missional Church movement.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Baker Books as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



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