Small Group Involvement
Small groups provide a great opportunity to work on your spiritual life and to get support from others in the process. A small group setting is where 5 to 15 people commit to meet with each other for an agreed number of weeks or times. It serves the purpose of allowing participants to share their ideas and life experiences in a safe environment with a commitment to confidentiality. Many people express that they make more productive spiritual progress in a group setting than they do handling everything on their own. It is experienced as an opportunity to become accountable to group members for the changes they wish to make in their own lives.
Forming a Small Group
You'll probably have your own ideas on how to gather people nearby to join you for a small discussion group. There are many ways to approach this. Some groups develop around a topic of mutual interest. Some form around an activity or service opportunity. Some have a common characteristic, such as a gathering of women, men, singles, parents, or married couples. Groups can form to study and discuss a spiritual book.
Online Small Groups
If you don't feel comfortable creating your own group, or can't find enough people to join, we offer Online Small Groups, where you can participate in a video discussion over the internet with like-minded people. New groups start up regularly. Sign up for one of our online groups, or subscribe for notifications about new groups.
Content for a Small Group
The content of your small group discussion can be quite varied. We offer many resources and outlines or examples to use for content of small group discussions. The best known content is provided by our New Church "Journey" Spiritual Growth Programs. We create a new Journey program every year. And each year we have 2 times when we coordinate various groups around the world to participate in the new program. We'd love to have you join an existing group, or add your group to our list!
Yet another source of content for small groups comes from our New Church Connection Magazine. Each issue (6 times a year) has new outlines for small group content, each lasting 6-8 weeks. So you could use this content for the whole year! Take a look at the previous Connection small group articles.
Resources and Training for Starting a Small Group
Not sure where to begin? We can help. Visit www.sunroomgroups.org/leader-training which provides training and an easy way to start a spiritual growth group in your area. You can sign up there to receive video-based resources.To learn more, watch the video intro below, or visit www.sunroomgroups.org/leader-training.