Small Group Ministry 101
(For Small Group Facilitators)
What is a Small Group?
A small group is a group of 6-8 adults who commit to gather together on a regular basis to eat, share life, ask questions, learn, grown, support, pray and accompany one another in their faith journey through life’s challenges.
Why Small Groups?
Unlike parish programs that focus on content, the Small Group’s focus on relationship allows for that content to take hold in daily life more effectively. Smaller gatherings foster intimate community where people can get to know others and be known. Small Groups are the process that makes disciples.
What is the Purpose of Small Groups?
The central mission is to bring people into communion with God through relationship building and faith exploration. Small groups serve as a vehicle to build and be in relationship with one another on a deeper level. These groups are where people can process the loss of a job, a cancer diagnosis, or the death of a loved one through the lens of faith.
Through small groups we have opportunities to reach those less interested in faith (think of spouses who don’t attend church with their families) as well as make dynamic disciples of Jesus. Wherever someone might be on their faith journey, small groups are able to meet them where they are.
Preparing for your Small Group Gathering (Meal recommended but not required):
1 week prior: Facilitator invites members to the gatherings including dates, location(s) & focus (with potluck sign up).
1-2 days’ prior: Facilitator reminds members of upcoming gathering (time, date, location)
Sample Small Group Gathering Schedule (meet minimum 1/month):
6:30p Host prepares home, sets up for potluck & Facilitator reviews content
7:00p Host & Facilitator welcomes Small Group members
7:15p Opening Prayer, start of meal & initial check in (Name, Vocation, Highlight/Lowlight of month). *Get around to everyone
8:00p Transition to Discussion Space & Intro Focus
8:05p Small Group Questions & Discussion
8:45p Prayer Requests & Closing Prayer
9:00p End & Reminder for next gathering
Keys to facilitate a small group: