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Small Faith Sharing Groups

This site has all the resources necessary to start, run, or renew your home cell, as well as free training resources for those who wish to run home cell training seminars in their community. Encouraged and endorsed by the Church, home cells represent important Christian communities for evangelization, renew, fellowship, ecumenism, encouragement, and exercising the Gifts of the Spirit.

Contents

Guidelines from the Vatican
Running a Home Cell
Praise and Worship Music for Home Cells
Exercising the Gifts of the Spirit
Home Cell eGroup - Home Cell Leaders Database
Home Cell Guidelines from Other Christian Churches

Essential Resources

A primary resource for SFSG's along with other excellent resources may be found at Presentation Ministries website: Presentation Ministries - Home. This site is truly what a Catholic evangelist site should be.

See also: Presentation Ministries - Brochures

Renew your Parish within 12 years by Presentation Ministries (A Guide to Implementing Small Faith Sharing Groups in your Parish) 
Nihil obstat: Rev. Robert J. Buschmiller
Imprimatur: Most Rev. Carl K Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Building Small Christian Communities by Presentation Ministries (An extensive - 34 page - manual for training home cell leaders, guidelines for home cells, and implementing home cells in your community.)
Nihil obstat: Rev. Robert J. Buschmiller
Imprimatur: Most Rev. James H Garland, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Download these excellent Manuals (in Adobe Acrobat) from Presentation Ministries or view their other Brochures at Presentation Ministries - Brochures

Unless the Lord Build the House... - Psalm 1271 In this book, Presentation Ministries share what they have learned about leadership development, structure, and networking in forming small Christian communities
Emmaus Journey-A Catholic Small-Group Bible Discussion Series - Emmaus Journey is a Catholic ministry offering Scripture based small group materials for small groups, and downloadable small group discussion material on the Sunday Mass Readings, called Reflecting on Sunday's Reading Highly recommended resources for home cells
Leading Small Groups
The Evangelical Catholic

Scriptural References

Find out more about the Gifts of the Spirit - 1 Corinthians 12:
Different services to be rendered by His People - Romans 12:
Higher Gifts for God's People - Ephesians 4:11

Find out more about what the Pope says about:

Home Cells:

"Because the Church is communion, the new 'basic communities,' if they truly live in unity with the Church, are a true expression of communion and a means for the construction of a more profound communion. They are thus cause for great hope for the life of the Church" (Pope John Paul 11, Mission of the Redeemer, 5 1).
"So that all parishes of this kind may be truly communities of Christians, local ecclesial authorities ought to foster the following:
a) adaptation of parish structures according to the full flexibility granted by canon law, especially in promoting participation of the lay faithful in pastoral responsibilities;
b) small, basic or so-called 'living' communities, where the faithful can communicate the word of God and express it in service and love to one another. These communities are true expressions of ecclesial communion and centers of evangelization, in communion with their pastors" (Pope John Paul 11, The Lay Members of Christ's Faithful People, 26).
These communities decentralize and organize the parish community, to which they always remain united" (Pope John Paul 11, Mission of the Redeemer, 5 1).
"Internal to the parish, especially if vast and territorially extensive, small Church communities, where present, can be notable help in the formation of Christians by providing a consciousness and an experience of ecclesial communion and mission which are more extensive and incisive"
(Pope John Paul 11, The Lay Members of Christ’s Faith People, 6 1).

Ministries and Charisms, the Spirit's Gifts to the Church

21. The Second Vatican Council speaks of the ministries and charisms as the gifts of the Holy Spirit which are given for the building up of the Body of Christ and for its mission of salvation in the world(64). Indeed, the Church is directed and guided by the Holy Spirit, who lavishes diverse hierarchical and charismatic gifts on all the baptized, calling them to be, each in an individual way, active and co-responsible.
Apostolic Exhortation Christifideles Laici of John Paul II

Cardinal Bernardin:
In the U.S., many of our parishes are quite large and, consequently, may exhibit anonymity more than community.  In such settings, it is often difficult for effective evangelization to take place.  A possible solution is to restructure the parish as a community of communities.  In such a vision and structure, Catholics gather in small groups determined by neighborhood, family, needs, interests, or a common ministry in order to pray, read Scripture and share.  Authentic community is vital to effective evangelization.  It nurtures believers.  If Catholics experience community on a smaller scale, they may form and experience more of a community when they gather for parish liturgies on the weekends.

Pope John Paul II:
Pastors and catechists should exert more effort in the formation of suitable community leaders and animators, so that our small Christian communities may develop into truly self-evangelizing communities in which the faithful are progressively formed in the faith in an ongoing manner, and trained to be evangelizers and witnesses to Christ reaching out to those who do not yet know Him sufficiently.  

Pope John Paul II:
THE VISION - The Parish as a Community of Many Small Communities

"One way of renewing parishes, especially urgent for parishes in large cities, might be to consider the parish as a community of communities and movements.

"It seems timely therefore to form ecclesial communities and groups of a size that allows for true human relationships. This will make it possible to live communion more intensely, ensuring that it is fostered not only ad intra, but also with the parish communities to which such groups belong and with the entire diocesan and universal church.

"In such a human context it will be easier to gather to hear the word of God, to reflect on the range of human problems in the light of this word and gradually to make responsible decisions inspired by the all-embracing love of Christ."
Pope John Paul II "The Church in America", January 22, 1999

Charisms

24. The Holy Spirit, while bestowing diverse ministries in Church communion, enriches it still further with particular gifts or promptings of grace, called charisms. These can take a great variety of forms, both as a manifestation of the absolute freedom of the Spirit who abundantly supplies them, and as a response to the varied needs of the Church in history. The description and the classification given to these gifts in the New Testament are an indication of their rich variety. "To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues" (1 Cor 12:7-10; cf. 1 Cor 12:4-6, 28-31; Rom 12:6-8; 1 Pt 4:10-11).
Apostolic Exhortation Christifideles Laici of John Paul II

Exercising the Gifts of the Spirit

By a logic which looks to the divine source of this giving [of the Gifts of the Spirit], as the Council recalls (80), the gifts of the Spirit demand that those who have received them exercise them for the growth of the whole Church.
All are called to use the Gifts (charisms) they have been given by the Holy Spirit, to become active participants in the Life of the Church.  Pope John Paul II

Other Websites

Facilitator Guidelines
Resources For Small Group Faith Sharing
Presentation Ministries - Brochures
Coordinating Small Faith-Sharing Groups for Teens
CELEBRATING THE WORD
DM- Evangelization Planning
Small Christian Community Materials
Small Church Communities
Charismatics Newsletter
Small Christian Communities - Amazon.com Publications

Directories

Totally Catholic Link Directory
PetersNet
ChristianWeb Register
Catholic Canada
Best Catholic Links

Home Cell Guidelines (examples) from Other Christian Communities

Cell Group Materials Download Page
Praise@Work - Singapore Catholic Charismatic Prayer Group For Working Adults
RENEW International Home Page
Canadian Renew website with basic home cell guides
Small Group Leaders Manual
Excellent online manual on leading home cells.
The Pilgrimage Training Group - Toolkit
The Small Group Toolkit offers tips on how to make your small group or small group program flourish. Every month you can get Small Group Leader Tips & Ideas from their Small Group Toolkit.
Home Group Primer
Another online training manual covering all facets of home cells. Well worth reading or downloading the self-executing zip file containing the complete manual.
SmallGroups.com - The Small Group Network

 

 

 

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