"The UU SGM Network maintains this section as a clearinghouse for Small Group Ministry resources that have been developed and shared by a wide range of people involved in Small Group Ministry/Covenant Groups.
We have organized the information from this section in three broad ways:
GENERAL RESOURCES that cover many topics.
FOCUSED RESOURCES that cover more specific topics under Implementing Small Group Ministry
ONLINE RESOURCE DIRECTORY, located below this description, includes hundreds of articles available on or linked from this website.
Publications from Interconnections and UUA website, links to congregational websites and other resources.
The SGM Journal First published in June 2004, previously called the SGM Quarterly, the SGM Journal is now published twice a year. It is e-mailed/mailed to Network members, and published on the Network website several months later.
Covenant Group News
First published November 1998 by the Rev. Bob Hill, CGNews is the Network's free e-newsletter that is published bi-monthly.
Overview of Small Group Ministry --Role and impact of SGM in congregations
Programming: Starting, Rejuvenating and Restarting Small Group Ministry - Guidelines and experiences in various phases of development.
Oversight -- Structure and vision of Small Group Ministry, congregational size, role of leadership (minister, coordinator, etc.), and assessment.
Group Leadership and Facilitation --
Group's connection to the congregation, facilitation, and leader selection, support and training.
Groups -- Group selection and development
Sessions --Format, sources and selection of session plans, covenants and confidentiality
Service -- Benefits to the groups, continuum of opportunities
Visibility for Vitality -- Keeping Small Group Ministry in the forefront of congregational opportunities.
MEMBERS SECTIONS (Being Developed)
Profiles and information from members about their programs.
ONLINE RESOURCE DIRECTORY
This Online Resource Directory includes articles and other publications on this site and links to similar material on additional sites. For example, the articles in the SGM Journal and Covenant Group News are on site and are included in the Directory. Items can be searched by title, author, source and topic.
Title: The title of the article, without "the" or "a/an".
Author: The writer of the material, frequently followed by the location of the writer at the time the article was written.
Source: The original location of the material and, where appropriate, followed by date, such as:
CGN = Covenant Group News, year followed by month
CCV = Center for Community Values
Q or J = UU Small Group Ministry Quarterly, or now Journal, year followed by Wi (Winter), Sp (Spring), Su (Summer), and Fa (Fall)
UUA = Unitarian Universalist Association, usually followed by 'web' indicating links to that website.
Web = If there is no other notation, this refers to this web site.
Bk and date = item is in a book published by the UU SGM Network. For example, bk2008 is Unitarian Universalist Small Group Ministry that was published in June 2008.
Topic: A general description of the content or specific group/purpose of the item. These are somewhat arbitrary. While some items may fit several categories, only one category is given per item. Following are definitions of the Topics in the Directory.
Congregation = specific congregational characteristics, such as size, lay-led, electronic. (Impact of SGM on congregations is under Overview.) Evaluation = Process, suggested tools for assessing and evaluating all phases of SGM Facilitation = See Leadership Groups = All facets of group development Leadership = Coordinators, Group Leaders, Facilitators Lifespan = All ages, mixed ages within congregations Ministers = Role of ministers Ministry = Shared ministry, the process of ministry Other = Settings in which SGM is used, usually outside of the congregation Oversight = Management of SGM, except as delineated elsewhere (example: Evaluation) Overview = How SGM changes congregations, role of SGM in congregations Programming = Starting, restarting, revitalizing SGM Service = Continuum of opportunities, from congregational to social justice Sessions = Format, process and session plans SGM = General information about the concept of Small Group Ministry or Covenant Groups, including historical information SGMN = Specific item about the UU Small Group Ministry Network Situations = Events that have elicited specific session plans Visibility =Publicizing SGM