I often get asked the question, “How do I get into a Growth Group?” It’s a good question, deserving of a good answer. Unfortunately there’s no quick answer or magic formula to make this happen, but there are some steps you can take to get moving in the right direction. I want to share my Growth Group story with the hope it will inspire and encourage you in your journey.
It was back in 1998 when all my kids were still in the nest and I had the awesome privilege and responsibility of teaching them at home. In order to garner some encouragement as a homeschool mom, I began a support group at our church and invited other moms to join me in the adventure.
As I was going through the applications turned in that week, I read under the comments section on one of them: “My 5 year old son needs a friend”. Well what do you know? I happened to have a 5-year-old son who needed a friend too. I didn’t waste any time. I called this mom, who was also new to homeschooling, as soon as I was able and invited her and her three boys over for grilled cheese sandwiches and lemonade so that our boys could meet. The rest, as they say, is history. Our sons are friends to this day (Aaron stood as my son Isaac’s best man—seventeen years later—this last September when he married Shayna, his High School sweetheart), remembering it all started from a mom expressing a need on a homeschool application.
It would have been enough if that was the end of the story, but I gained a friend through it as well.
Since that first lunch together munching on grilled cheese sandwiches and wondering if our boys were going to get along, we have prayed about big decisions in both our lives, painted every room in each other’s homes multiple times, celebrated too many birthday parties and holidays to count, vacationed together, homeschooled our kids together while partnering in leading that homeschool support group for nearly 10 years. We have laughed till we cried and cried until there were no more tears left. And it all started with 8 words written down on an application.
I believe there is something vulnerable and beautiful about expressing a need. And just as beautiful is when that need is met… specifically through the Body of Christ! “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” [JHN 13:35]
My encouragement to you is to get connected. You can do that by:
· Finding a place to serve with others
· Joining a “common-interest” Life Group or
· Coming to our bi-monthly Girls Like Me events.
Relationships begin with a choice and are maintained with mutual resolve. So make a decision to be purposed in your desire for a Growth Group partner and join community life here at The Sanctuary.
Sharing our lives together is really what it’s all about.