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Do Small Groups Work?

A Study of Biblical Engagement and Transformation

Do Small Groups Work?

A Study of Biblical Engagement and Transformation

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334060543
Number of Pages: 256
Published: 31/05/2021
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm

Engaging with the Bible in a small group context has the potential to be transformative, but the picture is not without some complications. Key factors in determining whether a small group can be transformed through scripture include the use (or abuse) of 'experts', the opportunity for challenge in the group, and how study materials are used.

"Do Small Groups Work?" not only presents extensive research into these questions, with the potential to transform practice, but also offers a unique window into how practical theological research can productively encounter scripture.

Acknowledgements vii

1. Introduction 1

2. Transformation 12

3. Small Groups 35

4. Methodology and Methods 49

5. An ‘Ordinary’ Understanding of Transformation 72

6. Theme 1 – Expert 95

7. Theme 2 – Challenge 116

8. Theme 3 – Use of Materials 137

9. Transformation, Biblical Engagement and Small Groups: 

Some Practical and Theological Implications 159

10. Conclusion 167

Appendix A 172

Appendix B 174

Appendix C 177

Bibliography 178

Index of Names and Subjects 189

Anna Creedon

Revd Dr Anna Creedon recently completed a PhD at the University of Aberdeen with Trinity College, Bristol. She is a curate in Somerset.

'The 2020/1 Covid Pandemic has forced the British Church to re-imagine many aspects of its mission, including that of discipleship. Small groups have become an essential point of community, worship and spiritual formation for many, but what is their impact and what does it mean for them to 'work'? Anna Creedon's research, undertaken before the pandemic, adds to the small (but important) body of literature examining the effects of faith formation in small groups settings, and provides important reflections on the impact they have on those who participate in them.' -- Ruth Perrin, Durham University, UK