Do Small Groups Work?
A Study of Biblical Engagement and Transformation
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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.
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
Index of Names and Subjects 189
'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
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