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Prayer Resources ~ Video Resources ~ Online Resources ~ Dr. Jane Regan, Ph.D. Boston College


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.


Bible verses

  1. Hebrews 10:24-25
  2. Matthew 18:20
  3. Acts 2:42-47
  4. Ephesians 4:15-16
  5. Acts 5:42
  6. John 13:34-35
  7. Galatians 6:1-2
  8. Hebrews 3:12-14
  9. Psalm 133
  10. 1 John 4:11-13

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 GroupsSmall Group Network

Daily Prayer ChallengeEvangelical Catholic

Sunday Scripture resources can be useful for opening Small Group prayer. These resources are available in English and Spanish.

Living with Christ


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 GuideBusted Halo

How to Pray Lectio DivinaCatholic-Link

Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Art and Practice of Lectio DivinaUSCCB


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Facilitating Small GroupsAscension Catholic

Small Groups that Attract CatholicsThe Gospel Coalition

Small Groups: An Ancient Idea for a Digital AgeAscension Press

Catholic CurrentUnited States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Life After Sunday for Small GroupsLife After Sunday

Small Group ResourcesPaulist Evangelization Ministries

Ten Guiding Principles of Small Group DiscussionLittle Rock Scripture Study

Resources for Online Bible Study Little Rock Scripture Study

Zoom Meeting Tip SheetCatholic Diocese of Richmond

Social Media Crash CourseCatholic Apostolate Center

Why Socially Distanced Small Groups Don’t Work (and How to Fix It)-Discipleship Ministries


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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:

  1. How do we learn the really important things in life? As one response to that question, she introduces the notion of situated learning.
  2. Where and when do adults gather in our parishes and faith communities?  She examines this question by helping us understand communities of practice in our lives.  Then she will point out that our faith communities can be viewed as clusters of inter-related communities of practice.
  3. How do we as persons and as parishes become ever more effective to the work of evangelization, which is our fundamental call as believers?  We do that by exploring the potential of communities of practice within our parishes.

Video of Jane Regan’s Presentation

Jane Regan’s PowerPoint Presentation (pdf)

Additional Resources from Jane Regan

Use of this program is a service of the School of Theology and Ministry Continuing Education, Boston College.


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