Shared Ministry Groups
Shared Ministry Groups about?
Shared Ministry is a program of our church developed
and implemented in 2001.
These groups are UU
ministry-focused gatherings that meet regularly for
discussion of a wide range of interesting topics
reviewed by the Leadership team.
The intent of the groups is to
promote active discussion and caring, not to arrive at
a conclusion at the end of each meeting. The
participants provide support for one another and share
They range from 3 to 10
participants who usually meet a couple of times a
month and are committed to our UU faith and regular
attendance not only in the group but the church as
Groups participate in some
service project once a year for the church or wider
So why do we need small group
Goals of Shared Ministry Groups
- Community Building – Shared Ministry Groups are
about connecting with other people in the church,
building community and facilitating pastoral care.
They’re about creating a place where we can belong
(intimacy) and finding a place that can make meaning
of our lives (ultimacy) Their ministry can be
summarized as loving, learning and service.
- Nurturing Leadership – A key aspect of the
groups is nurturing ministry leadership within our
community. Churches require trained, talented, and
- Practicing our religion – Ministry groups are
the way we model and practice our UU religion. A focus
on Shared Ministry Groups is a commitment to outreach
and our congregation’s ministry and to a movement from
minister-centred to ministry-centred community.
- Fulfilling our UU Principles and our Church’s
Mission – Ministry groups are about putting our UU
principles and Church Mission Statement into action.
They’re about how we model that our doors swing open
to the lightest touch. They are a way for us to grow
as people and a community, as well as grow the church
membership. They’re about how we model our belief in
the inherent worth and dignity of all people. Each
Ministry Group is asked to participate in at least one
activity a year that is a service activity for the
church community or outside the church.
Why Should I join a Shared
- It’s a way to form real connections with each
other and build an even better community
- It’s a way to make ministry more personal and
- It’s a way to be more intentional about putting
our vision into practice
- Because it can be life affirming and even life
transforming and because it’s fun!