Making Small Groups Work: What Every Small Group Leader Needs to Know by Henry Cloud & John Townsend.  This book by psychologists Henry Cloud and John Townsend provides small-group leaders with valuable guidance and information on how they can help their groups to grow spiritually, emotionally, and relationally.  Recommended reading for Small Group Leadership as Spiritual Leadership.

Where Two or Three Are Gathered: Spiritual Direction for Small Groups by Daniel L. Prechtel.  This book offers a detailed presentation of ten small group models, plus guidance in group leadership dynamics. It also presents material related to group retreat work, spiritual guidance with organizations and peer supervision/consultation model for supporting leaders of spiritual companionship groups and retreats.  Recommended reading for Small Group Leadership as Spiritual Leadership.

Seeking God Together: An Introduction to Group Spiritual Direction by Alice Fryling.  In Seeking God Together, Alice Fryling offers a unique introduction specifically for group spiritual direction: a place where individuals can experience what it means to be listened to and loved by others, so that they can learn to listen more attentively to God in their daily lives and be used by God.  Required reading for Small Group Leadership as Spiritual Leadership.

Small Group Leadership as Spiritual Direction: Practical Ways to Blend an Ancient Art into Your Contemporary Community  by Heather Webb.  The discipline of spiritual direction allows you to create a space in which the Holy Spirit can move among your group. As you begin to discern Christ’s call in the lives of others, you will see your ministry with a new perspective and uncover new ways to direct your group, not just lead it.  Required reading for Small Group Leadership as Spiritual Leadership.

 by Rose Mary Dougherty, SSND 

These essays witness the experiences of participants in Shalem Institute's group spiritual direction workshops. Each author relates what he or she learned as a member, mentor or facilitator of a spiritual direction group--a community gathered together to seek and share a desire for God in communal silence, dialogue, intercessory prayer and discernment--and adapts it to a specific setting--the family, workplace, congregation, seminary, the homeless.  Required reading for Small Group Leadership as Spiritual Leadership.

Buy now: The Lived Experience of Group Spiritual Direction

by Rose Mary Dougherty, SSND.  

Practical guidance for offering and participating in spiritual direction in a group setting.  Required reading for Small Group Leadership as Spiritual Direction.

Buy now: Group Spiritual Direction: Community for Discernment