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Gospel-Centered Community - Leader's Guide

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Authors: Robert H. Thune & Will Walker


Leader's Guide

Grow Authentic, Gospel-Shaped Community

We don't want to be alone. We want to love and be loved; and we know that genuine relationships make our lives rich. But somehow living in community always ends up being harder than we thought. This nine-lesson small group study helps participants learn how the Spirit shapes diverse people into a Christ-centered community that reflects Jesus to a watching world. Each lesson is self-contained, featuring clear teaching from Scripture, and requires no extra work outside of the group setting. The self-explanatory Leader's Guide equips small group leaders with discussion questions and other helps in explaining and applying the material.

Designed for:

  • Pastors and leaders who want to grow gospel-shaped community in their churches and ministries.
  • Church-planters who want to build gospel-shaped community in the churches they start.
  • Students and campus ministers who are looking to live out the gospel in their student communities.
  • Christians who want to grow relationships formed around the gospel.
  • Small group leaders who are looking for content that teaches diverse groups of people about gospel-shaped community.
  •  Missionaries who are looking for simple material to disciple new Christians in how to have to live in a gospel-centered community.

About the authors:

Robert H. Thune, MA (Reformed Theological Seminary), is the lead pastor of Coram Deo, a gospel-centered church he planted in 2005 in Omaha, Nebraska. He is the coauthor of The Gospel-Centered Life, a widely used small group study. Bob and his wife Leigh have four children.

Will Walker, MA (Covenant Theological Seminary), is the lead pastor of Providence Church in Austin, TX, a gospel-centered church plant sent out from Coram Deo in 2010. He is the coauthor of The Gospel-Centered Life, a widely used small group study. Will and his wife Debbie have two children.


"Using this resource is a no-brainer. It's a practical, biblical, gospel-saturated study that connect the dots between community and the rich Christian life, without losing anyone's attention! Pastors, your people will thank you for using this small group study; and you will thank God for the fruit!"
Dave Harvey, Pastor; Author of Am I Called? and When Sinners Say I Do

"The word "community" has become such a buzzword in Christian circles that it has almost lost its meaning. Bob and Will bring us out of the land of the buzzword and into the biblical definition and application of what it means to share our lives in the church through the gospel. I highly recommend this book."
Dr. Darrin Patrick, Founder of The Journey, St. Louis, MO; author of Church Planter: The Man, The Message, The Mission

"Will Walker and Bob Thune offer probing questions to confront your small group head-on with the transforming power of the gospel as it works through a community. If you are looking for a resource that could bring real change to the small group environment of your church, this is it.'
Matt Carter, Pastor of Preaching and Vision at the Austin Stone Community Church and co-author of The Real Win: A Man's Quest for Authentic Success
"Everyone longs for community. And pastors long to shepherd churches that are deeply, authentically communal. In The Gospel-Centered Community, Robert Thune and Will Walker provide church planters, pastors, small group leaders, and all Christians a clear, accessible tool for working through the messy challenges of living in community, and for growing together as the body of Christ."
Daniel Montgomery, Lead Pastor, Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, KY

"This is an incredibly helpful resource for fostering gospel-centered community in your church. Whether you are planting a new church, or aiming to strengthen an existing community, you will find this resource profoundly valuable. The Christian life is not meant to be lived in isolation. This book will help you develop a healthy, biblical view of Christian community."
Ben Peays, Executive Director, The Gospel Coalition
"The Gospel-Centered Community is an incredible introduction and practical guide for helping us live out the radical implications of God's grace and love together. The gospel is personal, but it's definitely not private. Why do we need each other? How does grace reframe and refocus our relationships? What's the difference between an ingrown "clubish" church, and a community of believers who are learning to live and love missionally? That's what this little gem is all about!"
Scotty Smith, Founding Pastor of Christ Community Church; Teacher in Residence at West End Community Church; author of Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith

"Thune and Walker's first small group study, The Gospel-Centered Life, had a profound and life-changing impact on our church. Our small groups worked through the book, and everyone responded with great enthusiasm. With the publication of The Gospel-Centered Community it appears they've done it again. I'm certain this short volume will take us even deeper into what it means to live in a community fashioned by the gospel of grace. Every church that longs to experience the development of healthy, Christ-centered and gospel-shaped community should avail themselves of this excellent resource."
Sam Storms, Lead Pastor, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City, OK

"Thune and Walker deftly diagnose our tendencies to hide and isolate, and then show how gospel practices enable us to live in rich, real community. Loneliness is lethal and the faint hope we've harbored for more finds fulfillment in gospel-centered community."
Glenn Lucke, President, Docent Research Group; coauthor Common Grounds: Conversations about the Things That Matter Most

"We desperately need to apply the gospel to our life together so we can live out our calling to be "the light of the world" and a "city on the hill." Thune and Walker give us an insightful, clear, easy-to-follow road map for applying the humility, kindness, and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ to our relationships at church and in our community.'
Angelo Juliani, Church planter, Bridge Community Church (PCA), Philadelphia, PA

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