If you are a small group leader of adults (or you’re thinking about becoming one), you’re the hero of the church. You have the courage to focus on a small community of people and make a difference one discussion, one lesson, and one group meeting at time. You are following the last command Jesus gave His followers: Go make disciples and change the world.

It’s a big challenge to which Jesus offered a “small” solution: The power of community, or leveraging the place where we live. What we call leading small.

In Big Change, Small Groups, Heather Zempel explores the four primary tasks every small group leader of adults needs to know. She takes what can be an overwhelming role and boils it down to its essence in this practical, and inspiring, how-to guide.

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“If you’re like most church leaders I know, training and developing volunteers is one of your greatest challenges. When it comes to equipping small group leaders, Heather Zempel has done the homework for you. Heather not only knows what group leaders need to do but she knows how to do it. <i>Big Change, Small Groups</i> is a fantastic resource that you need to put in the hands of every small group leader in your church.”

Jenni Catron, leadership consultant, author of The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership

“This book is on point! Over the last 15 years, I have coached hundreds of small group leaders and used many valuable small group resources, and I can confidently say that this is now the first and best resource I will use to equip, strengthen, and encourage small group leaders. Heather’s poignant insights, practical advice, and a well-articulated, proven process make this book a must use resource for all small group leaders!”

Steve Saccone, author of Talking About God



Heather Zempel currently leads the discipleship efforts at National Community Church in Washington, DC, where she oversees small groups, directs leadership development training, and serves on the weekend teaching team. She worked as an environmental engineer and as a policy consultant on energy and environment in the United States Senate before coming on staff at National Community Church. Heather is the author of Sacred Roads, Community Is Messy, and Amazed and Confused. She and her husband, Ryan, make their home on Capitol Hill with their daughter.

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