Numerous books and websites dealing with successful leadership strategies identify the importance of celebrating small successes (or “wins” or “victories”). Here is one such example: Brenda Bence: The Top 10 Reasons Why Leaders Should Celebrate Wins. This is precisely the reason why we are hosting a celebration tonight at Christ the King Parish: to celebrate the success of our Lenten small faith groups!
Now that we are in the Easter season—a time of celebration—we are hosting a reception for any and all of the participants of our “Companions in Faith” Lenten program. That program saw seven small groups gather over 80 people weekly over four weeks during Lent to reflect on and discuss the upcoming Sunday Gospel readings. Have small groups been done before? Of course. We did not invent anything new. However, this was a brand new idea for this parish and was the parish’s first foray into a serious attempt to emphasize adult faith formation. This is something to be celebrated.
Here is the e-mail that went out to all of the participants. Notice that it lays the foundation for “next steps!”
Dear Companions in Faith Participant,
It’s hard to believe that our four-week journey of Companions in Faith has already come and gone! Thank you so much for participating and making this venture such an enriching experience for our parish faith community. To celebrate the success of Companions in Faith, we will be hosting a reception on Monday, April 4, at 7:00 pm, in the Gleeson Center. You are invited to this celebration to gather with the members of your small group and meet folks who participated in the other small groups. We will be serving heavy hors d’oeuvres so bring your appetite. Please know that we are looking at conducting another session of Companions in Faith later this year, most likely in the fall. To that end, we will be forming an Adult Faith Formation Team, headed by parishioner Jim Docherty, to oversee the development of this and other adult faith formation opportunities for Christ the King Parish. What an exciting time for our faith community! We look forward to celebrating with you. Until then, may you be filled with Lenten blessings!
Fr. Larry and the Companions in Faith Planning Team