Small Group Ministry Institute

By Ted Resnikoff



Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26

Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center, Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734 Sponsored by the UU Small Group Ministry Network and the Central East Regional Group, UUA.

An Institute is a "working conference" designed for SGM enthusiasts from congregations of all sizes. Open to new and experienced program organizers, facilitators, ministers, religious educators, and other congregational leaders.

As participants, you will:
  • Learn about and practice Small Group Ministry through hands-on workshops, presentations, daily group sessions, worship, and networking
  • Explore the impact of Small Group Ministry/Covenant Groups in congregations
  • Build your facilitator skills, including problem resolution
  • Create and select effective sessions, including the use of art, music, and movement
  • Develop your capacity to build Small Group Ministry for specific audiences and congregational sizes
  • Refine your plan for Small Group Ministry/Covenant Groups specific to your setting
  • Individuals and congregations offer presentations on aspects of Small Group Ministry
  • Focus on the expanding influence of Unitarian Universalist Small Group Ministry, including special ministries
  • Open evening sessions with congregations in the area
  • Options are available for Commuters
Lodging & Program Fee $400 Commuter rates: Monday and Friday, $35/day; Tuesday –Thursday $70/day Additional Open Evening Sessions: $30 dinner and program $25 discount for registration before May 1, 2013; $25 discount for UU SGM Network members Register online at THE INSTITUTE AS A WORKING CONFERENCE! This institute brings a new level of Networking. The focus is on contributions from participants. Each congregation has a story to share. Each congregation is encouraged to contribute to the content of the Institute.
  • Bring a session plan, lead a discussion, present a new approach.
SMALL GROUP MINISTRY INSITUTUE 2013 July 22-26. 2013 Tentative Schedule Please direct all inquiries to