Small Groups

“We can reclaim conversation as our route back to each other, and as a path to a hopeful future.”
Margaret Wheatley

What is Small Group Ministry?

Small group ministry is a commitment to listening and speaking with care and attention, to being authentically present, and to developing a deeper sense of meaning and spiritual community.

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What happens at a small group meeting?

Each week, facilitators choose a topic of interest to the group. We open the circle and check in, sharing briefly anything we need to leave behind to be fully present. Then we read quotes and short passages to stimulate our hearts and minds on the evening’s topic. We start the discussion with “popcorn style” sharing from our own experiences, once per person without response or cross-talk. Then we take a brief break and return for a second round of conversation with more response and cross-talk.

What should I expect of others in my Small Group? What will they expect of me?

Small groups are covenant groups, which means we promise to stay in right relation with one another and create a safe space. Each group makes its own covenant by agreeing upon a set of expectations and boundaries that may include time management, commitment, communication, respectful sharing, deep listening, speaking from one’s own experience, and confidentiality.

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