Now more than ever, small groups are a cornerstone of the church.”Virginia Theological Seminary
In the first few hundred years of the church, small groups were the way in which the church gathered and disciples were formed. People would meet in homes for fellowship, share how they connected scripture to their lives, and grow spiritually with one another. Now, like then, small groups are crucial to the development and maturity of believers. They allow us to go deeper in study and conversation, build strong relationships in a comfortable environment, and empower people to be intimately involved in their own spiritual formation.
Strong small groups start with strong small group leaders. Virginia Theological Seminary and Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminar are hosting an online six-week Small Group Facilitator Leadership Development event where you will learn how to create, facilitate and maintain small groups.
The Diocesan Formation Office is offering to reimburse the $150 registration fee to congregations. Tickets are available through eventbrite then afterward a completed diocesan reimbursement request form (designated VTS online facilitator training) can be submitted to Kim Snodgrass at firstname.lastname@example.org. The sooner you register, the better your chances of being able to attend!
During the six 90-minute online Thursday sessions beginning August 6 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM (CDT), you will:
- Explore what is a small group
- Learn the educational theory that informs how we build disciples through small groups
- Review strategies and tips for effective leadership of small groups
- Discuss the role of the community in supporting small group ministry
- Develop a curriculum for small group ministry within your context
Currently the course is set up for 20 participants, and at this time 8 slots have been filled. If you would like to discuss how this training can be helpful to your congregation, please contact me directly at email@example.com.