Small Groups For The Rest Of Us

Next_SmallGroupsForTheRestOfUs_RD4I am so excited that my book, Small Groups For The Rest Of Us, finally releases today! Although I wrote it over the last year and a half, it was actually a several year process as we experimented and refined the ideas for helping everyone find community.

My prayer is that the concepts in the book will lead to bigger and better ideas for those who read them. This book is not meant to be a “how to” manual, but a conversation starter for small group teams trying to discover new ways to make disciples who make disciples.

The ultimate goal of everything we do should be discipleship. Helping people take their next steps toward becoming more like Jesus. If Small Groups For The Rest Of Us takes someone on that journey, then it was a success.

I wrote this book for several different people:

  • Small groups point people who are tasked with the difficult job of convincing people in their church that they need biblical community. With our lives already maxed out with what has to get done every day, adding on a few hours every week for a small group seems impossible.
  • Senior Pastors who are trying to make the idea of small groups work in their churches. So many pastors know they need to offer community, but they don’t know how to get traction with it.
  • Small group leaders who want to start groups that are open to everyone, not just the typical church attender.
  • Those small group apprentices and attenders who are about ready to start new groups for new people.

If you pick up a copy of the book and it is a blessing in any way, please let me know. You can contact me through the blog, or by emailing me at chrissurratt@gmail.com. I would love to celebrate what God is doing through your ministry!

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About the author

Chris Surratt is a ministry consultant and coach with over twenty-three years of experience serving the local church. Chris served on the Executive Teams at Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and Seacoast Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He is also the Discipleship and Small Group Specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources. Chris’s first book, Small Groups For The Rest Of Us: How to Design Your Small Groups System to Reach the Fringes, was just released by Thomas Nelson.

Most churches in America struggle to have a significant percentage of their adult attendance in small groups. According to recent research done by Lifeway Research, only “33 percent of churchgoers attend classes or groups for adults (such as Sunday school, Bible study, small groups, or Adult Bible Fellowships) four or more times in a typical month. Fourteen percent attend two or three times a month.”

Life transformation happens best within the context of community, so if a church is going to be intentional about discipleship they have to develop on-ramps to small groups that reach people on the fringes and beyond. If we continue to offer small groups to the normal church attenders, a majority of the people who show up to church are never reached.

Pastors, church staff and small group leaders are trying to figure out how to make small groups work in their church and they don’t know how. Small Groups For The Rest Of Us gives them practical, proven strategies on moving people from the fringes into biblically based communities.

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About the author

Chris Surratt is a ministry consultant and coach with over twenty-three years of experience serving the local church. Chris served on the Executive Teams at Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and Seacoast Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He is also the Discipleship and Small Group Specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources. Chris’s first book, Small Groups For The Rest Of Us: How to Design Your Small Groups System to Reach the Fringes, was just released by Thomas Nelson.