Are small groups a new fad?

One com­ment we’ve got­ten a lot since begin­ning the con­ver­sa­tion about mak­ing dis­ci­ples through small groups here in the Dio­cese of Birm­ing­ham is:

Small groups seem like a fad that is sweep­ing through protes­tant church­es. It’s a phase that’ll like­ly fiz­zle out because it isn’t what we as Catholics have done for thou­sands of years.

While the sense of cau­tion is always a good thing when it comes to ideas that sound new, spread­ing the Faith through one-on-one inter­ac­tions and small groups of peo­ple shar­ing faith is cer­tain­ly NOT a new idea, nor is it some­thing that is lack­ing in our Catholic tra­di­tion. The fol­low­ing link to an arti­cle by Jeff Cavins pub­lished by Ascen­sion Press address­es the val­ues that shar­ing faith in small groups has his­tor­i­cal­ly giv­en, and how those val­ues are extreme­ly impor­tant today.

Two points of par­tic­u­lar impor­tance are:

  1. Small groups that meet in a home for faith shar­ing, Bible Study, or cat­e­ch­esis dis­cus­sion, pro­vide an imme­di­ate and vis­i­ble wit­ness to chil­dren about the impor­tance of faith in the lives of their par­ents, and
  2. Coor­di­nat­ing, facil­i­tat­ing, or lead­ing a small group pro­vides a sense of respon­si­bil­i­ty and account­abil­i­ty for the faith, and fos­ters con­fi­dence in lead­er­ship among parish­ioners.


Jeff Cavins: An Ancient Idea For A Dig­i­tal Age

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