Transforming Existing Small Groups into Faith-Based Small Groups

Many Episcopal parishes don’t think they have any sort of small group ministry, when in reality their parish has multiple small groups whose members are already working hard at supporting and loving one another.  Some of these groups may be primarily made up of mature adults, like the altar guild, or the retiree breakfast club. However, many of these groups only rarely take the time to talk about issues of spirituality, go deeper with scripture, or pray together.

Consider asking your “hidden” small group to take the time to go deeper in faith and with one another by taking up Meeting Jesus as a group discipline. Even just seven weeks of intentionally spiritual small group work can connect you more deeply with God and one another, and infuse a sense of meaning in the work you already do.

Although these groups already have leadership, the pre-existing leaders may not be the best facilitators. Consider working with parish and group leaders to identify two members of the group who would be willing to serve as facilitator and host during the seven weeks of Meeting Jesus. Groups will need to decide how to continue with the work they are called to do while meeting together in this new way. Finally, an appropriate transitional time should be marked to discern the end of study and the continuation of work.