Old and new friends from across Fairfield County gathered in New Canaan in early March for Small: The Next Big Thing. The evening of dinner and dialogue celebrated Twelve: A Foundation for Small Group Ministry, and cast vision for how to include the spiritual seeker in small groups. It was a milestone event in the life of Twelve‘s ministry, the beneficiary of spirited and social connection.
Leaders and friends from 5 communities, representing participants in over 60 small groups and sponsoring churches, heard “the next big thing” as presented and experienced by Fred Sievert and Dr. Joanne Swenson. The audience was challenged by questions posed and explored at each table, with each table’s dialogue then summarized and shared with all attendees.
- Is your neighborhood a potential zone for building spiritual community?
- In your community do people gather for values-based activities, like gardening, hiking, meditation? How might such activity create spiritual community?
- Think about all the Ones in your life – single, new to town, young. What spiritual community welcomes these Ones?
- If you could dispense with 2000 years of tradition, how would you redesign Sunday worship to build spiritual community?