|Small Christian Communities|
A small Christian community is a group of eight to twelve Christians that gather weekly—ideally in dorms, apartments or homes— for fellowship, encouragement, spiritual growth and evangelistic outreach. While the small Christian community (SCC) actually dates back to the earliest Christians, in recent years the Church has witnessed a renewed appreciation for the values and vitality that they often bring to parish life.
Small Christian communities have proven to be a privileged place of evangelical and pastoral ministry within the Church. Noting this effectiveness, John Paul II recently exhorted pastoral leaders to “exert more effort in the formation of suitable community leaders and animators, so that our small Christian communities may develop into truly self-evangelizing communities in which the faithful are progressively formed in the faith in an ongoing manner, and trained to be evangelizers and witnesses to Christ reaching out to those who do not yet know Him sufficiently.”
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