In a recent post I reviewed the new edition of Bill Donahue’s Leading Life-Changing Small Groups (which is an essential resource in my opinion) and mentioned the DVD-driven companion resource, Equipping Life-Changing Leaders. Let me say this right at the top…this is a great resource!
Several Reasons to Love Equipping Life-Changing Leaders
There are several reasons to love Equipping Life-Changing Leaders. First, it is way more than a talking head that delivers content. The combination of great instruction and training, testimonies from actual leaders and coaches, as well as role playing (featuring a number of Willow Creek’s actors) makes for a very engaging session.
Second, each of the sessions provide direction for the assignment ahead; a kind of roadmap that clarifies the why and makes sense of the how. I really think this is a critical component. In addition, the extensive background of Bill Donahue, Russ Robinson and Greg Bowman as practitioners will lend credibility to the training process. These three men played key roles in the development of the small group ministry at Willow Creek Community Church and their coaching exudes deep experience.
Third, I love the fact that Equipping Life-Changing Leaders includes the DVD content for three different resources in Zondervan’s Groups that Grow series. Along with sessions that accompany Leading Life-Changing Small Groups, you’ll find sessions that accompany Coaching Life-Changing Small Group Leaders and Building a Life-Changing Small Group Ministry. This is a tremendous value and will provide continuity that is so important.
I really think this is an extremely valuable resource. The combination of the right content and an excellent presentation will quickly find a place in the training process for many churches intent on becoming churches where nobody stands alone.