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New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer,"" Upper Room Worshipbook

Reprinted by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Gather Us In

Leading Transformational Small Groups

Angela D. Schaffner • July 2020

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The church can become a place where people want to run to instead of away from during times of suffering. Small groups offer a safe space for individuals to connect meaningfully with one another, and they also provide an environment where relational healing can begin.

This comprehensive guide to leading small groups provides eight strategies for leading transformative small groups, dispels common myths about leading groups, and helps readers understand how groups work and the life stages of a group. The author suggests practical ways to lead groups effectively, using examples from scripture of how Jesus worked to transform people spiritually and emotionally. Gather Us In will equip small-group leaders with wisdom for relating to others, knowledge for helping others talk about their unfolding faith journeys, and confidence in their newly acquired facilitation skills. They will realize they don't need to know all the answers to be able to lead well.


Angela Schaffner, PhD, is the author of Gather Us In: Leading Transformational Small Groups and Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself. A licensed counseling psychologist and eating disorders specialist, Schaffner is also a black belt in Taekwondo. She and her husband have three sons and live in Decatur, Georgia. Schaffner earned her doctorate from Ball State University in Indiana and is an adjunct professor in Mercer University’s clinical medical psychology program. She is an active member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church.

ISBN: 9780835819435

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1944-2

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1945-9

Imprint: Upper Room Books

Pub Date: 20200701

Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.5

Page Count: 128

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Education / Adult

BISAC1: REL095000

BISAC2: REL108030

BISAC3: REL023000