It is recommended that extemporaneous prayer is used for small groups, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Praying with Scripture is an easy way to start prayer. For those that are not comfortable with this type of prayer, list below are some Bible verses that would be beneficial to pray within a context of a small group.
The small group leader will also have to work on his or her own prayer life by asking himself/herself questions on when, where, and how long to pray, acquiring a habit of praying with Scripture and other spiritual reading.
Top Ten Bible Verses for Small Groups–Small Group Network
Daily Prayer Challenge–Evangelical Catholic
Sunday Scripture resources can be useful for opening Small Group prayer. These resources are available in English and Spanish.
Exploring the Sunday Readings-Bayard Faith Resources
Use of Lectio Divina with the Sunday Gospel or another passage that is relevant to the current discussion topic of the Small Group is a powerful way to start your time together.
Lectio Divina: A Beginner’s Guide–Busted Halo
How to Pray Lectio Divina–Catholic-Link
Facilitating Small Groups–Ascension Catholic
Small Groups that Attract Catholics–The Gospel Coalition
Small Groups: An Ancient Idea for a Digital Age– Ascension Press
Catholic Current–United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Life After Sunday for Small Groups–Life After Sunday
Small Group Resources–Paulist Evangelization Ministries
Ten Guiding Principles of Small Group Discussion–Little Rock Scripture Study
Resources for Online Bible Study– Little Rock Scripture Study
Zoom Meeting Tip Sheet–Catholic Diocese of Richmond
Social Media Crash Course–Catholic Apostolate Center
Why Socially Distanced Small Groups Don’t Work (and How to Fix It)-Discipleship Ministries
Dr. Jane Regan, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College. In October of 2016, she gave a presentation entitled “Where Two or Three Are Gathered: Transforming the Parish through Communities of Practice”. She has graciously given us permission to include this presentation in our resources.
Transforming Parishes Through Communities of Practice
Overview of the Presentation
In her presentation “When Two or Three Are Gathered,” Jane E. Regan introduces us to the concepts of situated learning and communities of practice so that each person engaged in parish life can deepen one’s own faith while sharing it with others. Regan asks three questions:
Use of this program is a service of the School of Theology and Ministry Continuing Education, Boston College.
Created by the Diocesan Christian Formation Commission
Supported by the Office of Christian Formation