Small group communities are, “powerful vehicles for adult faith formation, providing opportunities for learning, prayer, mutual support, and the shared experience of Christian living and service to Church and society” (Our Hearts were Burning within Us, USCCB, no. 106).
Imitating Jesus Christ who personally invited and accompanied a small group of Apostles, we are encouraged to share Christian friendship and community with a small group of people. Small groups can be a bible study, book club, prayer group, running group, etc. Regardless of the type of group, the purpose of every small group is to help each person grow in holiness and discover how God is calling each person to live as a missionary disciple of Jesus Christ.
The Archdiocese of Washington has created the following resources to support your small group ministry. Contact us with any questions or for further support.
Small Group Leader Virtual Training | What are Small Groups
¿Que Son Los Grupos Pequeños?
Small Group Leader Virtual Training | Planning a Small Group
Planificación del Grupo
Small Group Leader Virtual Training | Hosting a Small Group
Recibimiento del Grupo
Small Group Leader Virtual Training | Leading a Small Group
Conducción del Grupo
The Source: Small Group Video Series
Want to explore truth? Find joy? Experience love? Know hope? Join six inspiring DC priests for The Source, a series of Ted-style talks and faith stories – all 20 minutes or less.
Make it a party! Invite friends and download the discussion guide.
Check out the first session here, and find all the videos on Archdiocese of Washington Youtube channel.
E101 is a practical workshop on evangelization for parish leaders and volunteers. Through this two-hour workshop, participants will learn the Catholic vision of evangelization and fundamental skills for sharing their faith and inviting others to encounter Jesus Christ.
E101 is for parish leaders and volunteers, including clergy, staff, pastoral and finance councils, ministry leaders, and others and is designed to be run on your own as a parish or ministry group.
Goals of E101
Through this workshop, you will:
- Learn the Catholic vision of evangelization
- Recall the basics of the great story of Jesus
- Reflect on how God is working in your life
- Develop your 1-min faith story
- Discern when, where, and with whom to share your faith