Now more than ever, small groups are a cornerstone of the church. 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. And, strong small groups start with strong small group leaders.
In this six-week online learning cohort, 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
This cohort will be guided by The Rev. Becky Zartman and Charlotte Hand Greeson, experienced curriculum developers and facilitator trainers, and will include voices from the VTS Faculty and the broader church. Meeting dates are April 7, 14, 21, and 28, and May 5, and 12.
Please contact us if cost prohibits your participation.
The Rev. Becky Zartman is the Canon Missioner for Evangelism and Formation at Christ Church Cathedral, in Houston Texas. Becky has previously served as the Episcopal Missioner to Georgetown University, and at St. Thomas Episcopal Parish, Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. In her work in the church, Becky emphasizes formation, evangelism, and adaptive change.
Charlotte Hand Greeson is the Associate for Ministry Development at Lifelong Learning at VTS and the program administrator for Thriving in Ministry. She was the co-editor of Building Faith from 2014 until 2020. She serves as the program manager for VTS’ collaboration with the brothers of Saint John the Evangelist, developing formation resources for the wider church. An experienced writer, curriculum developer, workshop and retreat leader, Charlotte is committed to forming faithful, skillful, and responsive church leaders. She takes seriously Paul’s injunction in his letter to the Romans to “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep,” living this out in social media ministry.
Have questions? Email LifelongLearning@vts.edu.