Leading a small group isn’t easy. It seems that more people are more wounded than ever before. And those who have managed to reach this stage of life with only minor bumps and scratches to their character are busy, stressed, and often focused on “what’s in it for me?” And yet, I remain convinced that the transformational ministry of the Word of God, applied to real life community, will result in a display more splendid than the mightiest oak.

That’s why when Standard Publishing asked me to update Why Didn’t You Warn Me? as part of their new Small Group HELP! Guides, I was thrilled. I’ve used the insights in this book since 1976. I’ve seen others benefit from it since my first book was published in 1991 and following that in a little self-published booklet that has helped leaders across the country. This new book greatly extends this resource and makes it readily available to more small group leaders and pastors.

To complement the book, this site is here to help you develop your skills even more. Ask your questions. Join the discussion. Learn from others. Contribute your insights. Let’s raise the standard of small groups, especially those (like yours) with challenging members, to a new high. Let’s help one another “be the church,” transforming lives one at a time through community.

About Pat

I’ve personally experienced the healing power of God—and much of that healing came through the ministry of small groups.

After a turbulent childhood and rebellious early adulthood, in 1976 I responded to the invitation of Jesus Christ to follow him. Over the years, I’ve learned the essential interconnectedness of the Word, community, and personal ministry in healing and maturing. The Lord continues to reveal areas for more obedience, more opportunities to become a “splendid” planting for the display of His glory as I live and teach the powerful promises of Isaiah 61 through Mighty Oak Ministries.

I have been involved in various forms of ministry for over 40 years. I’ve written two Bible studies. My book, Small Group Bible Studies: How to Lead Them, was translated into Korean and is coaching a new generation of leaders in Korea. I’ve had several hundred magazine and e-zine articles published and have written a number of booklets.

One of my favorite activities is speaking at retreats and training leaders at conferences. I’d love to speak at your conference or train your leaders.

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