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Gathering Interest
The Gathering Place Series (4 vols.)
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Overview

The Gathering Place Series brings you four conversational texts designed for anyone seeking to meet with friends in coffee shops, sports bars, or anywhere else that people can talk about tough issues and big questions. Written to stimulate discussions between experienced Christians and those who may be looking at the Bible for the first time, these texts offer insightful introductions to biblical studies that are ideal for small groups.

With the Logos editions, these small group resources are enhanced by valuable functionality. Each of these resources automatically integrate with your Logos library, allowing you to bring more into the conversation when needed. Instantly gather all relevant materials with the Topic Guide to maximize your study and widen your perspective. All Scripture references appear in your favorite translation on mouseover. Use Logos mobile apps to bring the discussion with you wherever you choose to study these important topics.

Key Features

  • Conversational texts introducing biblical discussions of real-life issues
  • Ideal for small groups with new believers and/or non-believers
  • Excellent for meetings in public settings
  • Suggestions for serving opportunities

Praise for the Series

The Gathering Place Series is a creative response to the spirit’s invitation for Christians to move outside the walls with resources that reach and relate to people who might not darken the door of a church. The reflection/conversation approach respects each participant’s view, while at the same time engaging them in topics that can enrich their lives and faith.

—Steve Harper, emeritus professor of spiritual formation and Wesley studies, Asbury Theological Seminary

This series answers the need for small group lessons for real people who wonder about life’s big issues. Designed for groups that include both seasoned Jesus followers and people just investigating a faith journey, The Gathering Place Series is fresh, real, and challenging. A key component of these lessons is the opportunity for study groups to do service together and to use that service to connect God’s story to their own story. I heartily recommend this series.

—Kathryn Smith Martin, pastor of small groups, Pearce Church of North Chili, New York

Individual Titles

Discovering Faith

  • Author: David Solano
  • Series: The Gathering Place Series
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 52

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This book is drawn from a collection of various small group sessions discussing faith and belief. The text looks at people from the Bible who considered connecting Jesus—the man who was also God—and discusses what they discovered. For those interested in taking another look, or looking for the first time, this conversational text provides a valuable introduction to some of the biggest questions we ever ask.

David Solano is a leader at The Edge ministry and creator of the innovative “Café Wednesday” outreach ministry. He is also a graduate student at Asbury Theological Seminary, Florida Dunnam Campus.

God in Story

  • Author: Brian D. Babcock, Patricia Clarke, Carolyn Smith, and James H. Sullivan
  • Series: The Gathering Place Series
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 70

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Whether or not you’ve ever been to church, read the Bible, or known about Jesus, at some point you’ve probably had thoughts about God. You may have wondered if God exists or what God is like. We get to know humans through personal experience, the people that know them, or what they say about themselves. The same is true with God. This book examines stories in the Old Testament to help us catch a glimpse of God—and how he interacted with humans from the moment life began until Jesus began his ministry.

Brian D. Babcock is the founder and executive director of Rochester Connection, a resource to city ministries. He has served as a Free Methodist pastor, regional Christian education director, small group leadership trainer, and college professor.

Patricia Clarke is the children and families chaplain at a large children’s care facility. She has taught young children for 18 years.

Carolyn B. Smith is a communications specialist who has written and edited materials for all ages and taught at the college and seminary level. She serves as communication director at a suburban United Methodist church.

James Sullivan is a former public school teacher and high school principal. Since retiring in 2002, he has turned his experience and training toward other ministries, including jail Bible study groups and serving as the outreach minister at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church.

Jesus: The Man Behind the Stories

  • Author: Daryl L. Smith
  • Series: The Gathering Place Series
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 72

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This book discusses the writings of people who were physically with Jesus—ate meals beside him, trekked the dusty roads in his shadow, watched him live and die—to get a peek at the real man. The text draws from conversations of the past to stimulate conversations today.

Daryl L. Smith is team leader of The Orlando Fellowship—an incarnational, missional-ministry community—and associate professor of Mentored Ministry and Christian Leadership at Asbury Theological Seminary, Florida Dunnam Campus. He is the creator of More Than a Great Wedding: Creating Healthy Communities Where Relationships Thrive and numerous discipling resources, including the forthcoming The Radical Jesus Way.

Overloaded! Keeping It Together When You’re Stressed to the Max

  • Author: Daryl L. Smith
  • Series: The Gathering Place Series
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 62

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This book digs into the topics that keep the pressure-cooker on family life, make us feel dumped on, and mess up relationships. The things we can’t imagine the Bible saying anything relevant about—but that we might be willing to look into. With Overloaded!, dive into these issues and discover what the Bible actually has to say about them.

Daryl L. Smith is team leader of The Orlando Fellowship—an incarnational, missional-ministry community—and associate professor of Mentored Ministry and Christian Leadership at Asbury Theological Seminary, Florida Dunnam Campus. He is the creator of More Than a Great Wedding: Creating Healthy Communities Where Relationships Thrive and numerous discipling resources, including the forthcoming The Radical Jesus Way.

Product Details

  • Title: The Gathering Place Series
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 256