Occasionally I get asked what small group books I’d recommend.  Since I’ve been asked this question at least twice, I thought I’d put together a blog post with my top 5 favorite small group books along with why I like them.

#1 – Sticky Church – Larry Osborne

Without a doubt, this is one of the best books on the concept of small groups; a great resource for churches who want to “shut the back door” of their church.  Also, it’s the primer on sermon-based small groups.

#2 – Creating Community – Andy Stanley

This is the first book I ever read on small groups, and it’s been one I’ve gone back to time and time again.  It has solid biblical reasoning for groups, plus some ideas on how to implement them in your groups.

#3 – Paul’s Idea of Community – Robert J. Banks

Ever had to defend the concept of small groups in a “Sunday School” dominant church?  Me too.  Here’s my recommended reading to get you lots of solid, biblical background on why small groups are effective.

#4 – Building a Church of Small Groups – Bill Donahue

Bill Donahue wrote the book on small groups.  Literally. He wrote a library of them.  Yet, this is the one that kicked it off.  If you’re interested in small groups, and this isn’t on your shelf, no one will take you seriously.

#5 – Community – Brad House

Watch this video on Brad’s book and try to tell me you don’t think it should be on this list.  His book = more of the same awesomeness.

What am I missing?  What other books on Small Groups would you add?

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4 responses to Groups.

  1. Wow, thanks for that. I’ve been considering getting some books on small group ministry, and this is a timely list!

  2. Seth, I haven’t read any of those yet. Thanks for the suggestions!

  3. great list, I haven’t read most of these! the only one I would add is Rick Warren’s “Better Together: What On Earth Are We Here For” … basically building community through the small group.

  4. Great resources, thank you for sharing.