"A small Christian community is a face-to-face gathering of six to twelve people who invest time with one another for the common purpose of applying Gospel values to every aspect of their lives."
-Small Christian Communities: A Vision of Hope for the 21st Century
Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
The call to gather in prayer and pray for personal and communal needs comes from Jesus himself. His desire was that the disciples in his age and beyond would come together in his name so to fulfill his mission of spreading the good news and baptizing all in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
There Are Many Names for Small Christian Communities
Small communities may be referred to by the following names: Small Christian Community (SCC), Small Faith Community (SFC), Small Church Community, Faith Reflection Group, Base or Basic Community, Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC), and Comunidades Eclesiales de Base in Spanish.
Parish-based Small Christian Communities
While there are many forms of Small Christian Communities (SCCs) in North America, and indeed throughout the world today, parish-based small communities are the most numerous. The following is an overview of what they are and what they do.