Articles on Small Groups

The Best, Most Dangerous, Thing That Can Happen to Your Parish by Jennifer Fitz: “A healthy parish, like the one I visited, makes the creation and on-going support of small-format parish gatherings a top priority.” http://newevangelizers.com/blog/2014/10/23/small-groups-best-dangerous-thing-can-happen-parish/

 

Small Groups that Attract Catholics by Chris Castaldo: “If I had a dime for every email message I receive from former Catholics in a month, I might be able to afford a Grande Americano at Starbucks. Very often they disclose their reason for leaving the Catholic Church in favor of evangelical Protestantism. Among these factors, a friendly Bible study group is at the top of the list.”http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/small-groups-that-attract-catholics/

 

Small Community Ideas that Work: Invitation: by Renew International: “How many of us have ever needed help? How many of us see the same folks on every committee, every project, every team? Whether you are in need of small-community leaders, new members for your RENEW parish team, or any other ministry RENEW suggests four easy steps to get the results you want.” http://blog.renewintl.org/small-community-ideas-that-work-invitation/

 

Launching a Small Group Ministry, Facilitating Spirit-Filled Discussions and More! by Evangelical Catholic: “Find Facilitators, Plan Number of Groups, Find Hosts, Choose Good Materials, Provide Training, Advertise and Promote, etc.” http://www.evangelicalcatholic.org/journal/topics/small-groups

 

Tips for Starting a Group Bible Study: “One of the best ways to learn about scripture is to read it and discuss it with other people. Consider joining a Bible study program in your parish. If your parish doesn’t have a program, start a group Bible study yourself. Here are some suggestions for getting started.” http://www.loyolapress.com/tips-for-starting-a-group-bible-study.htm

 

How to Lead a Bible Study Leader’s Guide by FOCUS: “Small-group Bible studies play a crucial role in the work of FOCUS. Knowing how to lead a Bible study is a valuable tool for winning people to Jesus Christ, building them up in their faith, and sending out to reach others. Learn the art of leading a Bible study through the articles below.” http://www.focusequip.org/leader-resources/bible-studies/how-to-lead-a-bible-study.html

 

Sunday Scripture Study for Catholics: Laying the Groundwork; Format for Small Groups: General Tips and Considerations for “How to Use this Study for Small Groups.” http://www.sundayscripturestudy.com/small_group_use.html

 

Small Groups at Nativity Church of REBUILT: Model for Gathering and Leading Small Groups, including Resources: http://churchnativity.tv/#/small-groups/about-small-groups

 

Year-Long Series on the Power of Small Groups from the Archdiocesan Leaders Gram:

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Online Webinars on Facilitating Small Groups by Loyola Press:

1st 10 Tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrjVavG44sM

2nd 10 Tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvEIZigJja4

 

Video on how NOT to facilitate a small group: