Today Jim's blog is coming to you from me - Angie Bartlett. I'm the Director of Spiritual Growth and one of my main jobs is to oversee our Growth Group ministry. This is an exciting time of year as we offer another fall launch! Every year I watch these new Hosts come forward and I wonder what's going to happen...and every year God reminds me of His love for us as He orchestrates new relationships in the most amazing ways.
Our Growth Groups balance study, service, prayer, care and fellowship - the things God has given us to help us to grow. An awesome by-product of that is the relationships that form. I recently received an email from a member of one of our established groups expressing the joy she has found in her group. She said, "We have helped each other by praying for each other, sending encouraging messages and phone calls. I have made some really solid friends in this group and feel so blessed that GOD brought me to them. We have shared bible study, dinners out, Christian concerts, cancer walks...service projects and it has just cemented strong bonds that we all need in life." This note is proof that when the chemistry is right and you put God at the center of your group, it becomes something life-changing - something special - something you probably didn't even know was missing if you've never tried it.
What have you got to lose? Try if for 8 weeks. If you don't like it - you can graciously bow out. Tried it before and didn't find a group that fit? So what? How many times when you were dating did you find the "just right" relationship on the very 1st date? Brush yourself off and try again. And again if you need to.
What have you got to win? The power, strength, and joy that comes from a life lived with others who want to be on this journey with you. "By yourself you're unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn't easily snapped." --Ecclesiastes 4:12 (MSG)
We still have lots of group openings...but sign-ups will be closed soon so that these new groups can get started. Don't delay! Click here to see a list of groups and sign up today! If you have questions I'm happy to answer them. You can call me at (816) 524-4966 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the journey together!
PS. See below for more information on the benefits of groups and the exciting statistics on The Summit's Growth Groups