Small Christian Communities: A Vision of Hope for the 21st Century

Citation: 
Kleissler, Thomas A., Margo A. LeBert, and Mary C. McGuinness. Small Christian Communities: A Vision of Hope for the 21st Century. Rev. ed. New York: Paulist Press, 1997.
Abstract: 

Reflecting RENEW’s commitment to parish renewal through the formation and promotion of small Christian communities in the Catholic Church, Small Christian Communities: A Vision of Hope for the 21st Century offers theological and practical guidance for pastors and parish leaders in developing and implementing small groups and communities that remain vitally connected to the life and mission of the parish. The authors begin by presenting the historical, sociological, theological and spiritual foundations upon which these communities are formed. The heart of the book charts the pastoral direction of the parish, and provides step-by-step instruction on how to realize and carry out the purpose of small groups and communities. The authors propose that the pastoral direction of the parish be that of becoming a “dynamic community of communities.” With this goal in mind, they introduce three types of parish groups and communities—seasonal small groups, ministerial communities, and small Christian communities—with major attention given to the third. The final section of the book interprets the benefits of small Christian communities and suggests concrete approaches to prayer, mission and the implementation of small groups in the parish and diocese. An appendix summarizes the foundational premises for implementing the pastoral direction of the parish as a community of small Christian communities.

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