Small Group Leader Resources

Small Group Leader Resources

General Resources

Leader Formation Video 1
Leader Formation Video 2
Leader Formation Video 3

“The Search” Resources

New Message Series Resources

  • Sunday, May 23rd to Saturday, May 29th
  • Sunday, May 30th to Saturday, June 5th
  • Sunday, June 6th to Saturday, June 12th
  • Sunday, June 13th to Saturday, June 19th
  • Sunday, June 20th to Saturday, June 26th
  • Sunday, June 27th to Saturday, July 3rd

Session 1

Opening Prayer

Suggestions: Our Father, Hail Mary, or Glory Be

Discussion Starters (Icebreakers)

Let’s go around the group and introduce ourselves. Where do you live? How long have you lived there? Where do you work? Are you married? Do you have children? What is a hobby/activity you enjoy? Finally, why did you join a Small Group? Let’s try to keep our answers to two minutes or less.

Discussion Questions

  1. What stood out to you in this week’s video? Was there something that will stay with you?
  2. How can happiness be the motive of every action?
  3. How do the people in your life bring you happiness?
  4. Have you ever thought, “I’ll be happy when…”?  If you achieved this, did it bring you (lasting) happiness?
  5. If someone were to ask you, “What do you seek?”, how might you respond?
  6. What does “religion” mean to you?

Closing Prayer

Dear God, thank you for this group. Thank you for the opportunity to wrestle with the big questions in life. May each of us come to a sense of peace about who we are and what is the purpose of our lives. Amen.

Session 2

Opening Prayer

Suggestions: Our Father, Hail Mary, or Glory Be

Discussion Starters (Icebreakers)

Let’s go around the group and answer the following questions: Where did you grow up? Can you tell us a little bit of your family origin? Can you share a memory from your childhood that you cherish? Again, let’s try to keep our answers to two minutes or less.

Discussion Questions

  1. What stood out to you in this week’s video? Was there something that will stay with you?
  2. Have you ever been awed by nature?  What was that experience like?
  3. Do you see a Divine plan at work in the universe?
  4. Do you see a Divine plan at work in your life?
  5. What gives a human person dignity?
  6. What makes you, “you”?

Closing prayer

Dear God, it seems implausible that our existence is random. Thank you for the gift of life. Thank you for the ability to know and to love. May each of us come to a greater understanding of our dignity and the dignity of others. Amen.

Session 3

Opening Prayer

Suggestion: Invite someone else to lead the Our Father, Hail Mary, or Glory Be

Discussion Starters (Icebreakers)

Starting with the person whose birthday is the closest to today, let’s answer the following questions: Where did you go to high school? What extracurriculars were you involved in? Did you work in high school? Can you share a memory from your adolescence that you cherish? Again, let’s try to keep our answers to two minutes or less.

Discussion Questions

  1. What stood out to you in this week’s video? Was there something that will stay with you?
  2. What was your view of God when you were a child?
  3. In what ways has your view of God changed over the years?
  4. Why do you think Jesus taught us to call God “Father”?
  5. Read the creation account in Genesis 1:1-31. Is there an “order” to God’s actions?
  6. What does a well-ordered life look like (or not look like) to you?

Closing prayer

Dear God, thank you for the ability to observe, study, and marvel at the created universe. May we be drawn to understand more deeply not only creation, but the creator. We ask for the gift of faith. Amen.

Session 4

Opening Prayer

Suggestion: Invite someone else to lead the Our Father, Hail Mary, or Glory Be

Discussion Starters (Icebreakers)

Starting with the person who travels the longest to get to church, let’s answer the following questions: What did you do after high school? Did you go to college/university or into the workforce or military? Can you share a cherished memory from your life at this time?

Discussion Questions

  1. What stood out to you in this week’s video? Was there something that will stay with you?
  2. What makes a story worth sharing?
  3. Have you ever considered the Bible as the story of salvation? Explain.
  4. Have you ever considered your life as a story of salvation? Explain.
  5. How would living in the light of eternity affect the way you live your story?
  6. Rules without relationship leads to rebellion. How might this principle apply to Christianity?

Closing prayer

Dear God, the story of salvation has been called the greatest story ever told. What makes this story great is that it impacts each of us personally in that it is our story. Created out of love to be redeemed and transformed by love, may each of us say yes to a saving relationship with you. Amen.

Session 5

Opening Prayer

Suggestion: Seek prayer petitions/intercessions and then pray an Our Father

Discussion Starters (Icebreakers)

Up to this point we have been sharing some details from our past. Now let’s consider the future. Sharing with the person who is willing to go first, let’s answer the following questions: What is something you hope to accomplish in the next five years? What is the one thing you hope to experience in your lifetime? Finally, is there one thing you would regret not doing before you breathe your last?   

Discussion Questions

  1. What stood out to you in this week’s video? Was there something that will stay with you?
  2. Who would you say has been one of the biggest influences in your life?
  3. How would you explain the popularity of Jesus Christ?
  4. If someone were to ask you, “Who is Jesus?”, how would you answer?
  5. As the perfect image of God, the Father, what does Jesus reveal to you about the way God loves you?
  6. If Jesus is truly God, as He claims to be, how might this affect the way you live your life?

Closing Prayer

Dear Jesus, in your divinity you reveal to us who God is and, in your humanity, you reveal to us who we are. May we have the confidence to respond like Peter to the question: Who do you say that I am? “You are the messiah, son of the living God” (see Matthew 16:16). Amen.

Session 6

Opening Prayer

Suggestion: Seek prayer petitions/intercessions and then pray an Our Father

Discussion Starters (Icebreakers)

We have come a long way over the past five weeks with getting to know one another. We have shared details from our past and dreams for our future. In this session, let’s share where we are right now. Starting with the person who would like to go first, let’s go around the group and answer the following questions: If you had unlimited resources, how would you live your life? What important principles do you live by? What do you think is the difference between living and existing?

Discussion Questions

  1. What stood out to you in this week’s video? Was there something that will stay with you?
  2. How do you define success?
  3. Read Luke 15:11-32.  Considering this parable, what does it mean to be saved?
  4. Why might we find it difficult to simply allow God to love us?
  5. How does God suffering in Jesus affect the way you perceive your own sufferings?
  6. If you knew how to experience Heaven now, whom would you tell?

Closing prayer

Dear Jesus, it is said that you were no greater teacher than when you were hanging from the Cross, because it is there that we see a window into the very life of the Blessed Trinity – total selfless love. Thank you for making it possible for us to share in this blessed Trinitarian love. Jesus, we trust in you. Amen.

Session 7

Opening Prayer

Suggestion: Seek prayer petitions/intercessions and then invite someone else to pray an Our Father

Discussion Starters (Icebreakers)

“The Search” does not provide specific questions for this session. I’d encourage you to refer to the resource “Small Group Icebreakers” and choose a question (or questions) from Level 1 or Level 2, depending on how well your group has gotten to know each other.

Discussion Questions

  1. What does the Catholic Church offer us?
  2. In what ways can the Church be your home?
  3. How does the Church give you everything you need to become the saint God is calling you to be?
  4. How do you process for yourself the conflicts and trials endured by the Church, or caused by its members?
  5. Christians throughout the centuries have risked their lives to attend Mass. Why?
  6. As we conclude this series, what is one thing you are grateful for from our time together or what is one take away for you?

Closing prayer

Heavenly Father, you have made us to be in communion with you and with one another. Thank you for the blessings of those who know, love, and care for us. Lord Jesus, thank you for the gift of the church and the part it plays in your plan for humanity. Forgive us for the times we fail to be the people you desire us to be. Holy Spirit, thank you for dwelling within us and for the gifts you give us to build up the Church. Help us to produce the fruit of your love more abundantly in our lives.

All: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.