Starting a Small Church Community
Several of you asked about starting a small group. It actually is not that difficult to do. Here’s how.
- Have people. Shocker, right? You need at least two people to do this. Agree with a like minded fellow that you need this and be willing to open your group to new faces. I would not expand beyond 20. When you hit 15 begin plans to start a second small Church group.
- Set a schedule. If you don’t plan, something else will always get in the way. Every two weeks? Every week? An hour before work? An hour after work? Pick a time that works and stick to it (within reason).
- Have a general agenda. While it would be fun to freestlye, your group will quickly dissolve. Here is an idea of what to do in your small Church community.
- Begin with prayer. A great practice that requires little preparation is Shorter Christian Prayer, a smaller version of the Liturgy of the Hours. Here you will get scripture and prayers to order your day and intercede for one another.
- Study discussion [Optional]. Spend 10-20 minutes discussing a topic of mutual study. Many groups choose to read through books of the Bible or edifying spiritual writings. They read beforehand and share their findings.
- Witness and Edification. This is the main focus of the gathering. Here you will share your lives together, encourage, and spur one another. A simple way to do this is to ask a question and allow everyone a chance to answer. In doing this we are sharing our life and providing windows for one another to see how they can minister to us as well as how we can minister to them.
Good questions will produce the most fruitful discussion. Here are some questions I have found to be useful.
- How have you seen God at work in your life since we last gathered?
- What difficulties or struggles have you encountered recently in your faith journey?
- What successes and victories have you recently seen in your life?
- How can we pray for you this week?
- Tell us about a recent opportunity you had to share the faith and how you handled it.
Queations are broad, as you can see, but they provide that window. They also require more than a one word answer. The key is to get us talking. Remember that this isn’t therapy session, but in opening ourselves we help break down walls of pride. As we pray and study together we will find more ways to assist each other. We will also be able to ask things like, “So, how are you doing with ____ since we last met?”.
Guys, I am telling you this works, and you will be amazed at how quickly you will bond. Next time I will tell you about sharing your testimony with others. Thisbis probably the absolute best way to lay a foundation for a small Church community.
Posted on June 4, 2014, in Catholic Bible Study, Catholic Community, Catholic Husbands, Catholic Manliness, Personal Witness, Prayer, Small Church Community, Spiritual Warfare and tagged Catholic men, mens bible study, mens group, mens prayer, small church community, Small group. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.