Small Groups 101

June 4, 2024

Small Groups 101: Leading Others to Christ through Small Faith-Sharing Community

Small groups are vibrant communities where individuals come together to live out their faith. These groups typically consist of 6-12 people who meet regularly throughout the year. Here’s what you need to know about small groups:

1.What Are Small Groups?

•Small groups come in various shapes and sizes, such as bible studies, book clubs, or even running groups.

•Each small group incorporates three essential elements:

Hospitality: Welcoming and building relationships.

Prayer: Connecting with God through communal prayer.

Discussion: Engaging in meaningful conversations about faith and life.

2.When Do Small Groups Meet?

•Groups usually meet weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly (as needed).

•Sessions typically last 60-90 minutes.

•You can choose to keep the group open for newcomers throughout its duration or close it after a certain number of sessions.

3.Roles in Small Groups:

Host: Provides a welcoming environment.

Facilitator: Guides discussions and keeps things on track.

Member: Actively participates and contributes.

4.Qualities of a Small Group Leader

Builds Trust: Fosters a safe space for sharing.

Self-Aware: Understands their own strengths and weaknesses.

Guided by the Holy Spirit: Relies on God’s guidance.

Joyful: Encourages a positive atmosphere.

Remember, small groups are powerful vehicles for adult faith formation, offering opportunities for learning, mutual support, and shared experiences of Christian living. They complement the parish service by allowing parishioners to deepen their faith in community.