Recent Reads: Creating a Lead Small Culture by Reggie Joiner, Kristen Ivy, & Elle Campbell

Lead Small

What the book's about: Creating a Lead Small Culture is about creating and maintaining healthy small groups that will help kids and teens find a place within the church to belong. 

Why I read this book: As a youth pastor, I want teens to belong. I wholeheartedly believe small groups are a great way to do that. As such, I constantly want to learn how to make small groups even more effective. 

My favorite quotes from the book: 

- "You care called to do more than simply make a presentation of the gospel. You are called to engage in the messiness of humanity because of the gospel." 

- "When you lead small, you make a choice to invest strategically in the lives of a few over time so you can help them build authentic faith. When you lead small, you realize that what you do for a few will always have more potential than what you do for many." 

- "You can become a barrier to discipleship if you decide you should be the one who disciples everyone." 

- "Sometimes you have to stop doing something that works if you want something more important to work better." 

- "If you really want to influence the next generation, you actually have to spend most of your time with adults who will spend time with kids."

- "If you want your small group leaders to give kids a place to belong, then maybe you should go first by giving small group leaders a place to belong."  

- "What you celebrate reveals what you value." 

- "Having influence in a kid's life is actually less about being cool than it is about being present." 

- "If you don't let go of the wrong leaders, you might not attract the right leaders." 

- "If every question has a right answer, kids will determine for themselves whether they are smart enough or not smart enough to belong to church." 

- "Although the average church can never compete with what culture can produce, culture can never compete with what the average church can do in the life of a kid." 

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Who I'd recommend this book for: Youth pastors and other church leaders interested in learning more about small groups. In particular, this would be a fantastic read for those whose congregations hope to transition to a more small group based culture.  

Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the Minister of Youth and Family at Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel), The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel), Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abingdon), and A Mission That Matters (Abingdon). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group where she has led many national studies. When not doing ministry or research, she and her husband, Doug, and daughter, Hope, can be found traveling and enjoying life together.

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