Tapestry of Faith: Sharing the Journey: A Small Group Ministry Program with Youth

Chapter 1: Exploring Small Group Ministry with Youth

Many of our congregations have embraced the use of small group ministry or covenant groups with adults. Small group ministry can be a way to help individuals build relationships, experience a greater sense of belonging, and feel supported in their spiritual journey in the congregation. The publication of Gail Forsyth-Vail's Adapting Small Group Ministry for Children's Religious Education, vols. 1 and 2 (North Andover, MA: North Parish of North Andover, 2003) and Helen Zidowecki's Small Group Ministry for Youth (Commissioned by the UU Small Group Ministries Network, 2005) have helped religious educators bring this model into their work with children and youth. Yet it is only beginning to be used with youth. We hope this resource will answer questions and provide encouragement for congregations seeking new ways to engage Unitarian Universalist youth.