Contemplative Practice for Small Groups

Various models for listening together for the Spirit of God in a small group will be introduced and practiced: the Catholic practice of “Bible-Sharing (Lumko Method), the practice of “Clearness Committee”, developed by the Quakers (Society of Friends), and various models of group spiritual direction.

What these spiritual practices have in common is a moment of contemplative silence, during which each member of the group is invited to listen for God’s guidance in response to a concrete, personal or communal question. One fundamental rule is: share, that which moves you personally, rather than theologizing; ask questions, rather than give advice.

Small, vibrant groups are mini-churches – highly relevant in a time when congregations are shrinking.

Small, vibrant groups experience the ministry  of the Risen One.

Small, vibrant groups discover (realize) their missional potential.