Our neighbors are thirsting for good news. What if we invited them to a deeper encounter with Jesus?

Below you will find the "Encounter Series," a group 6-week small group studies for Lent that will help you witness to the transforming power of the Gospel. Your small group could include friends, neighbors, co-workers, or even your children and their friends.

Gather Study

“I myself will gather the remnant of my flock...they shall be fruitful and multiply.” Jeremiah 23:3

Those most likely to benefit from the Gather Bible study are those who:

  • Already have a personal relationship with Jesus
  • Desire to follow Jesus more faithfully
  • Are becoming aware of their call to share Jesus with others

Gather Study - Leader Guide

Encounter Study

“Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?” Luke 24:32

Those most likely to benefit from the Encounter Bible study are those who:

  • Have a passive curiosity about Jesus, his life, and his teachings
  • Want something more out of life than what they are experiencing, and are open to change
  • Are actively seeking to know God and to decide whether they can entrust their life to him

Encounter Study - Leader GuideParticipant Book

Mission Study

“Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Luke 10:4

Those most likely to benefit from the Mission Bible study are those who:

  • Already have a personal relationship with Jesus
  • Desire to follow Jesus more faithfully
  • Are becoming aware of their call to share Jesus with others

Mission Study - Leader GuideParticipant Book

Mercy Study

“The Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.” Luke 19:10

Those most likely to benefit from the Mercy Bible study are those who:

  • Already have a personal relationship with Jesus
  • Desire to follow Jesus more faithfully
  • Are seeking a deeper experience of God’s mercy in their life
    and relationships

Mercy Study - Leader GuideParticipant Book

Small Group Leader Training

The video below is a training for small group leaders as a part of the Live Lent Together small group initiative.

Tips for Starting and Leading a Small Group

Four videos to help you start your small group.

The Power of Small Groups

As Catholics, we know that community is integral to the faith, and yet, so many in the Body of Christ feel disconnected and alone. Small groups give us the opportunity to enter into life with individuals and to form relationships. They allow us to live and grow in the faith in a way that is otherwise impossible when we do not have a consistent and intentional way of journeying together.