Covenant Groups are a form of Small Group Ministry. Many UU congregations have Small Group Ministry as part of their congregational life. The practice is known by different names in different churches, and structures may vary somewhat. At UUCSV our small group ministry program is known as Covenant Groups and they are typically formed here in the spring and fall.
In a Covenant Group program, members meet, speak to an important topic, and listen intently to one another. By listening to each other over time — group members develop deep connections. Small Group Ministry is lay ministry. Members connect directly with each other sharing their life stories, values, hopes and dreams. Small Group Ministry is a sacred place in which members speak freely knowing their confidence and trust will be maintained. Small Group Ministry makes congregations stronger by building bonds of understanding and respect among individual members.