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Small Group Ministry Institute

Posted by T. Resnikoff // April 18th 2013 // young adults // no comments


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 https://www.formdesk.com/uuforms/SMBInstitute



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 murraygrove@murraygrove.org

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Ted Resnikoff is the Digital Communications Editor at the Unitarian Universalist Association.
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