Every kid needs to be known by someone and to belong somewhere. Most leaders agree. That’s one reason for a shift in the way many churches are discipling their kids and teenagers. Think of it this way: connecting kids and teens to a consistent leader who believes in God and believes in them is something the church can do that nothing else in culture does.

Creating a Lead Small Culture: Make Your Church a Place Where Kids Belong is for every leader of small group leaders. Strategy, best practices, training tips, and real-life stories from over 20 ministry leaders across the US and Canada—this book has what you need to create an effective small group culture in your church.

Creating a Lead Small Culture is the companion volume to Lead Small: Five Big Ideas Every Small Group Leader Needs to Know, written especially for volunteers.

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Reggie Joiner, on Creating a Lead Small Culture


“I’m fortunate to be surrounded by a staff who makes small groups for kids and teenagers a priority. That’s why the principles discussed in Creating a Lead Small Culture resonate so deeply with our church. This is a timely work that provides a much needed blueprint for churches everywhere who believe kids and teenagers should be a priority in their ministry.”

Mark BattersonNew York Times best-selling author and lead pastor, National Community Church

“As a parent, leader, and researcher, my goal is that all kids will be surrounded by adults who lovingly help them be changed by Christ to change the world around them. This wise book gives your church the practical tools you need to make that goal a reality.”

Kara Powell, PhD, executive director of Fuller Youth Institute (FYI)


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Lauren Terrell


Reggie Joiner is the founder and CEO of Orange, an organization designed to redefine ministry approaches for churches and family environments. For nearly 40 years, he’s mentored teachers and leaders who influence the next generation. Reggie and his wife, Debbie, have raised four kids into adulthood.

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Lauren Terrell


Kristen Ivy is executive director of The Phase Project (a collaborative, ongoing effort to assemble classic and innovative research about child development with an emphasis on practical application). Kristen blends a background in child development with a Master of Divinity and over 15 years of leading children and students. She and her husband, Matt, have three children in the preschool and elementary phases.

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Elle Campbell spent seven years ministering to middle schoolers at a church in Buffalo, New York, and three years working with Orange as the director of Middle School Strategy and lead writer for the Lead Small brand. She and her husband, Kenny, live near Atlanta, Georgia.

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