40 Missional Ideas

40 Missional Ideas For Small Groups
Liz Low, Laurence Singlehurst, Trevor Withers. Cell UK, 2013

£12.00 (Approx)
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

How can each one of us live out Christ in the context of where we work, where we live and in our families? Cell UK has brought together 40 fantastic ideas for use in small groups.

What do you get and how?

This really is a tin! 40 ideas printed on 40 cards, pictures on one side, ideas on the other. Grouped under 8 headings:

  1. Preparation.
  2. Hospitality.
  3. Neighbourhood.
  4. Work.
  5. Third space.
  6. Prayer.
  7. Big church.
  8. Gospel words.

Planned to take 10 minutes of small group time. Available from www.celluk.org.uk.

Who is it for?

Adult, new, growing Christians, small groups

Cost?

£12.00

Review

  • What is the overall quality of the material?

    Attractive tin, nicely produced photo cards. A novel approach.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Each card clearly explains its idea and accompanying action. Introductory card explains these as 10-minute ideas to ‘encourage and empower' love for those around us. Icons on cards flag up where advance preparation is needed.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    Easy to pick-out-and-use ideas. Images on the front are relevant to the topic. Each card is also clearly marked with the relevant overall theme (see above).

    Who could lead it?

    Most could be led by any small group member. These are ideas for action, so leader needs to ensure that this happens.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    N/A

    How good is any digital material?

    N/A

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Hardly any, usually just choosing relevant subject. Icons mark where items are needed, either from around the home, or needing more planning. Be prepared for some ideas to need more time than 10 minutes.

    Is there website support? Links?

    N/A

    Is it dated?

    No

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Good discussion-starters and thought-provoking questions and themes.

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    Great idea to use the cards. Just a little to read, and plenty to discuss. Some cards include really good visual aid suggestions.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Could be used in a variety of ways – for example, as an add-on to a regular small group meeting, or as a focus, or for individuals to choose within a group. Would be great for a group considering outreach in a new way, or for the first time – there are so many excellent suggestions.

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    The ideas encourage discussion, and many of them require working together to make them happen, or at least supporting each other.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Some cards suggest a passage to read; others refer to or quote biblical material and base the topic on it; some have neither.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    The biblical material is usually the reference point for engaging with a topic, and understanding it in context is the starting place.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Group invited to apply the material both personally and practically, with a consistent emphasis on reaching out to others in love.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Broadly evangelical.

  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    There really should be something for everyone here; the tin contains a creative and inspiring mixture of ideas. Fabulous.

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    Many of the ideas are very practical, active and could bring out a range of skills and gifts from group members. This is a thoughtful resource but each one leads to action.

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    Huge variety of approaches and suggestions, which include thinking things through and responding with action. Considering each topic is essentially on the back of a postcard, the potential for stretching faith and vision is impressive.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Rooted in practical and theological responses to life, from hospitality to the workplace.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Brilliantly, with a variety of ideas that would suit every personality.

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    Motivation is love for others, and a priority on local relationships, wherever we find ourselves. Again, a glorious mix of ideas, with the ‘Neighbourhood' cards being especially relevant here.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Not a focus

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not a focus, but implicit

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