Fellowship is more than coffee talk between worship and Sunday school; learn how we can move beyond small talk to help relationships become more authentic.
See Related: Training Theme
Click an image or title below to order any of these recommended resources.
Leadership Journal: Church Atmosphere
The premier practical journal for church leaders devoted an issue to developing an inviting and healthy biblical community. Read this issue online at:
Building a Contagious Church
by Mark Mittelberg
Mittelberg gives guidance for helping your church become a magnet that draws people and holds them together (Zondervan, 2000; ISBN 0310221498).
by Rob Sugg
Through Christ's body, the church, we find our gifts and experience worship, healing and power. The twelve lessons in this Bible study explore how we can grow in loving one another (InterVarsity, 1994; ISBN 0830810714).
Community 101: Reclaiming the Church as Community of Oneness
by Gilbert Bilezikian
Building the church as a family that works together (Zondervan, 1997; ISBN 0310217415).
Discovering the Church: Twelve Studies for Small Groups; Becoming Part of God's New Community
by Don Cousins
You can use these studies personally or in a group to find out how your church can build unity (Zondervan, 1992; ISBN 0310591732).
Ephesians: Building a Community in Christ
by John Stott
Community is a special focus of Ephesians. Stott tells how this message applies in our churches (InterVarsity, 1993; ISBN 0830820337).
Leading the Team-Based Church: How Pastors and Church Staffs Can Grow Together Into a Powerful Fellowship of Leaders
by George Cladis
This book enables pastors and church staffs to build teams within the church (Jossey-Bass, 1999; ISBN 0787941190).
Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Martyred by the Gestapo in 1945, German pastor-theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer left writings such as this classic on true Christian community (Harper San Francisco, 1978; ISBN 0060608528).
One Anothering: Building Spiritual Community in Small Groups
by Richard C. Meyer
Meyer specializes in helping churches build closeness within small groups (Innisfree Press, 1999; ISBN 1880913356).
Relationships: Resolving Conflict and Building Community
by The Navigators
This Bible study examines the community God has designed for us (Navpress, 1997; ISBN 1576830233).
The Search to Belong
by Joseph R. Meyers
People have a desire for community but often have a difficult time finding it. Understanding the changes in our culture and the many ways people relate can help to make community a reality. (Zondervan, 2003; ISBN 0310255007)
The Connecting Church: Beyond Small Groups to Authentic Community
by Randy Frazee
Community is not something that is obtained easily. Cultural values like individualism, competition, and busyness have made us unprepared to enter into true community. Randy Frazee explores how we can develop true community despite the obstacles. (Zondervan, 2000; ISBN 0310233089)
Leading Life-Changing Small Groups, Revised
by Bill Donahue
Small groups are a key part of creating community. This resource includes practical information that will help your leadership team develop a small group ministry that forms a foundation of true community. It contains charts, diagrams, and resource lists, that will help you work through the process. (Zondervan, 2002; ISBN 0310247500)
|Topics:||Authenticity, Christian life, Community, Fellowship, Growth, Health, Relationships, Small groups|
|Filters:||Church staff, Counseling, Discipleship, Elder, Outreach, Pastor, Small groups, Spiritual director|
|References:||Galatians 6:1-4, Philippians 2:1-11, Philippians 3:12-16|