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Review: Activate

Now in its second edition, Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas' acclaimed book Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups is available with revised and expanded notes. This model for small group ministry claims to create groups with 100% participation by changing the mindset of both church leaders and parishioners and embarking on the Activate system of Focus, Form, Fill, and Facilitate.

This book is question-driven, seeking to answer concerns such as, "How do I recruit people for a small group?" and "How long should a small group last?" The book is methodical and able to be read through a process of implementing a modified discipleship program. Overall, this book is very helpful. It provides practical advice in a readable format, offering real examples with biblical support. It may also serve well as a reference text for churches already ahead in the process. For those seeking to activate their congregants, look no further than this text.

(My thanks is given to Baker for providing a complimentary review copy in exchange for an honest review.)

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