If you’re new to The Gathering, I want you to understand that I will never ask you to do something that I’m not also doing/have done. When I urge you to attend worship, join a Bible study, give sacrificially, serve in the community, pray with regularity, etc., I want you to know that I’m taking those same steps myself. I also do these practices not just to be authentic, but because I need those disciplines and practices to help me grow as a Christian, too.
One of the key practices in a healthy spiritual life (and a healthy life in general) is being a part of a small group of people who commit to growing together as Christians. These small groups are built on open and honest relationships, of intentionally stepping beyond normal, shallow acquaintances and creating the real deep friendship that we all desperately need.
Small groups, like all groups, aren’t intended to last forever, and I found myself missing being in a small group recently. Since my last group ended, I haven’t had a group of people who knew what was going on in my life and in my soul. I didn’t have anyone that I could pray for while knowing they were praying for me in return. I didn’t have anyone to look forward to meeting on a regular basis for no other reason than we had promised to be a part of each other’s lives.
So I picked up the phone.
Starting a small group isn’t hard, and it’s not something that you need someone to do for you. It’s a two-step process. First, you think of the people that you want to form an intentional relationship with. Second, you call them. That’s it.
Our first small group meeting is tomorrow morning. We’ll eat waffles and talk about what we want to get out of this group. We’ll commit to how often we can meet and for how many months. We’ll focus on how we can help each other, pray for each other, support each other. We’ll ask each other, “How is it with your soul?” And when we answer, we’ll know that somebody is really listening.
I want you to have relationships like these, too. Pick up the phone and call; they’ll be excited to hear from you.
God bless y’all!