Small Group Ministries for Adults
Area churches have established 'Small Group Ministries', in the form of 'specialized' Bible Studies or prayer groups or specific subsets of their parishioners, for instance, a men's prayer group that meets for breakfast on Tuesdays, a women's group that meets on Thursdays for dinner, or a young adult group that has a Bible Study. These groups are usually small and are led by a lay person, not a pastor or priest. (The lay leader interfaces with the priest for guidance and curriculum.) The meetings are discussion-based where people get together to talk about their faith.
Why do we need this at Holy Trinity- Holy Cross? Several people have approached me over the past few months, asking about having small groups. Several members of our church are actually attending Bible studies at other churches and are deriving benefit from them, and want to have something like this at our church. If we are serious about growing in our faith as individuals, and if we are serious about growing our church (and I believe that we are), this is among the next steps we need to take.
What is it not? These small groups would NOT a substitute for any of our current ministries. They will be an opportunity to come together in a small group to talk about and grow in our faith. These small groups will not necessarily meet at the Church, but rather in homes around the Birmingham area. Our Church is not a neighborhood Church and the demographics of our Church have changed. The idea is to establish small groups that can meet at places and times convenient to members so that there can be more discussion and spiritual growth on days in addition to Sundays.
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