Ready to think?

“The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. No book in the world equals the Bible for that.” — Harper Lee

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Souls in Motion: Movement for Meditation

Do you think spirituality is only sitting quietly?

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Small Groups are Big Impact

Participants meet in homes sharing stories, scripture, and prayer.

“We went further as a group than the sum of eleven individuals."


In order to grow,  get small.  Small groups are gatherings small enough to know each other,  to pursue an insight enriched by group dialogue, and to be valued for one’s heart and soul. Twelve offers a variety of small groups, including study, service and fellowship groups.


The small group movement has become a significant feature of American spirituality. Intentionally small, these groups foster authentic fellowship, prayer and spiritual accountability among its members. The Barna Group estimates that 22-24% of all American adults now participate in a home-based religious group.


“Joanne Swenson brought warmth, enthusiasm, knowledge, and a radiant smile to bible study on “The Lord’s Prayer,” “A New Christianity” and “Ruth” — each an enjoyable and educational course. Joanne’s warmth and sincerity brought out participation from each group member.”

The unchurched in a church group?

Small groups are started and sponsored, typically, by churches. But, these church groups can become hybrid gatherings of folks from other churches, unchurched neighbors, and those in a season of “dechurching.” This is to be celebrated! Small groups that are alive with...

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Spiritual Gifts in Small Groups

How can recognizing spiritual gifts lift your group’s experience? It’s easy to presume that a small group needs only one spiritual gift -- leadership.  In fact, there are a variety of  spiritual gifts that contribute to a great meeting and group.  These include:...

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In these daily podcasts we follow the narrative of Jesus's life in the four Gospels, in dialogue with Eric KIampmann and Rev. Dr. Chuck Davis, Senior Minister at Stanwich Church, Greenwich, CT. Use them to start discussion in your small group, too. “The golden dream...

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