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This article is part of The Building Blocks of Faith Toolkit—a collection of resources for strengthening faith formation in your congregation and at home, brought to you by Faith Formation Ministries.


The Building Blocks of Faith describe four spiritual needs that everyone has—needs that are met in Christ. A small group ministry encourages deep relationships and gives people an opportunity to grow in faith, and the Building Blocks of Faith can help give small groups a specific focus. Here are some ideas for interacting with the Building Blocks in a small group setting:

  • If your group is large, dividing into subgroups of six to eight people will encourage discussion. 

  • The Building Blocks of Faith Discussion Guide for Small Groups developed by Trinity CRC in Abbotsford, British Columbia, provides a place to get started.

  • In four sessions a small group can talk about each of the Building Blocks of Faith and how group members experience the Building Blocks in their lives and in their church family.

  • Group members can also interview each other using our Questions and Conversation Starters.

  • Covenant CRC in Sioux Center, Iowa, organized an adult Sunday school class on the Building Blocks of Faith. Elder Melissa Bailey, one of the leaders, wrote this outline on the Building Block of Hope and has given permission for others to use it. The questions she included are great for small groups to use together.

Want to know more? We’ve gathered a wealth of resources in our free Building Blocks of Faith toolkit.

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