What are covenant groups?
Covenant Groups are groups of 8-12 people who meet regularly for spiritual reflection and sharing. Each Covenant Group has a trained facilitator and the content for each meeting is based on a theological theme (see box at right). Members of each group make a commitment to share deeply and build connections quickly, to explore one’s faith through reflection and deliberate listening, to practice radical hospitality, and to participate in a group spiritual practice. Group members create a covenant (a sacred promise) with one another to abide by their own rules for group interaction.
Participants in a Covenant Group meet for five months. At the end of the five-months, the group either ends or agrees to randomly divide and to start two new groups. In either case, the final meeting allows members to practice “endings,” and to hold themselves accountable to saying a “good goodbye” to one another. Forming new groups at the end of each five-month cycle allows Covenant Groups to truly live out the idea of “Radical Hospitality,” as they continually make room for the newcomer.
All Covenant Groups follow a standard format and agenda that is used across groups. If you are interested in joining a group or have already joined one, please familiarize yourself with the following:
Covenant Group Agenda (pdf)
Basic Covenant for Covenant Groups (pdf)
Covenant Group Registration
If you are interested in joining a Covenant Group please contact Lisa Friedman, Director of Congregational Life by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 651-228-1456 x107.
Are you interested in becoming a Covenant Group Facilitator?
Covenant group facilitators are people who:
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