Jesus was often surrounded by large crowds, clamoring to hear the Teacher speak. But Jesus first was only known to a small group, the Apostles. After the Resurrection, the Disciples continued spreading Jesus’ message to other small groups—the Philippians, the Ephesians, the Corinthians—and the tradition of small groups of devoted followers continues to this day.
That’s what we’ve been focusing on with the series on how to host parish small faith groups. The series strengthens the idea that small groups can be vital to the ongoing adult faith formation of a parish—as the model parish of St. Barnabas in Chicago demonstrates.
Foster and encourage small groups in your own parish with this month’s free downloads—a PowerPoint presentation to use in training small group facilitators and handouts for Reflecting on the Lenten Scriptures. Use the handouts as your discussion materials for small faith groups this Lent.
Small groups can yield big rewards.
I’ve downloaded all the information about the Lenten small groups. Have the weekly lessons but can’t seem to open the training for small group leaders that I downloaded. Just come up with a blank screen. Can you help please?
Mary, I’ll send you another copy of the PPT via e-mail. Let me know if you have any trouble with it.
Mary, do you have another e-mail address I can send to. The one connected with your comment is not working.
Free Lenten down load for small groups – please and thank you !!
I would love to see these materials, we need something small group in the parish.
Louise, be sure to use the form and download the materials…they’re free!
Hi Joe, We, at Saint Mark in Birmingham, are embarking on ladies small groups after hearing your presentation at our anniversary celebration in September. Thank you for that wonderful presentation! I have already read your book, A Church on the Move, and just tried to download the leaders’ guide and training at loyolapress.com/assets/trade/practice-makes-catholic-leader-guide.pdf, and it comes up as removed. If you can send anything to me that would be helpful as we move forward, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much! Karen Kapp
Hi Karen and thanks for your comments and kind words! I enjoyed my visit to St. Mark in Birmingham! I will send you the materials you are looking for as an attachment to an email. Blessings!
I would like to download materials for this—Hosting Parish Small Faith Groups—Free Discussion Materials for Lent —-but cannot figure out how to do it.
Connie, all you have to do is fill out the brief form with your e-mail address above, and an e-mail will be sent to you with download links.
Catechist’s Journey Editor
Do you have the “Hosting Faith Formation “sessions in Spanish?
Hi Ana. Unfortunately, I do not have a Spanish translation of this resource available.