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Small group resources tend to overlook the spiritual side of small group leadership. And yet most would agree that spiritual preparation is the most important aspect of leading a small group. Only God’s supernatural power can draw people to the truth and liberate them to be all that God wants them to be. Only through the Spirit’s power can we expect to see the miracles that Jesus talked about when he said that if we would abide in him, we would bear much fruit and even do greater works than he did while he was on earth.

The key distinction of this audiobook is the spiritual perspective it gives to small group ministry. So much of the literature about small groups relates to small group technique and only touches briefly on the Spirit’s power. This audiobook is a practical reference guide to help small group leadership begin to move in the supernatural realm.

The audiobook’s first priority is to help small group leaders and members trust the Holy Spirit to lead them, empower them, and work in their group. Small group facilitators often sense a lack of guidance, power and spiritual authority. Jesus knew his disciples would be powerless without a touch from the Holy Spirit, and so he told them to wait in Jerusalem, saying, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Small group leaders need a power boost to make small group ministry relevant and exciting.

The second priority of this audiobook is to help the facilitator identify and mobilize each small group member to use his or her own spiritual gifts. Small group facilitators often feel ill-prepared to identify spiritual gifts of the people in the group. I firmly believe that the small group atmosphere is the perfect place to develop the gifts of the Spirit in each member’s life, and so it is essential that the facilitator know how to do this. Whatever denominational or non-denominational label a church wears, the most important characteristic, in my opinion, is promoting individual sensitivity, devotion and dependence on the Holy Spirit. In a Holy Spirit-charged atmosphere, cell leaders are best raised up and members are encouraged to minister in their giftedness.

This AUDIObook has been written for those who are leading (facilitating) a small group, participating in a small group, or considering joining a small group.

Group members should listen to this audiobook for two particular reasons:

First, members make a significant contribution to the life of the cell. Each member will be intimately involved in causing supernatural events to happen - using the gifts, intercession, etc. In the life of the group, no one is to sit back and do nothing. The best cell leaders, in fact, rarely “lead” the entire cell, instead encouraging cell members to participate actively.

Second, members are the next in line to actually lead the small group. I am assuming that the listeners of this audiobook are believers who desire God and are seeking to walk in the Spirit. I am also assuming that those listening to this audiobook are studying the Bible and growing in their relationships with the Lord.

There are many great books dedicated to defining each spiritual gift in detail. Many other authors cover gifts beyond the scope of this audiobook, such as voluntary poverty, hospitality, celibacy, missions, exorcism, martyrdom, artistic creativity, craftsmanship, and music. Rather than cover every possible gift, this audiobook will focus on how the Spirit uses gifts in the small group context and guides the leader to facilitate a Spirit-filled group. Because this audiobook is written to lay leadership rather than senior leaders of the Church, I will not cover in detail the five-fold offices that Paul mentioned in Ephesians 4.

©2011 Joel Comiskey (P)2020 Joel Comiskey

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