The Heart Behind Life Groups

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How Life Groups Changed Us

Two years. It took us more than two years to bring our daughters home from Ghana once we received their referral to us. Sixteen months of that two years were the most difficult. We were part of a Life Group during that time that honestly, I don’t know how we would have made it through without them. They knew the most intimate parts of our journey and our hearts as we walked that long path. The uncertainty was the hardest.

Twice a month we would share whether there was any good news, bad news, no news, or just the heartache of hope deferred. And every single time we had prayer, someone would pray for us. They were walking through it just as much as we were. It was such a blessing to know we had such deep connections who cared enough to step into our pain with us and let us know we weren’t walking alone. And when they came home, we all celebrated together!!

It wasn’t long after our adopted daughters were brought home from Ghana that my husband fell and broke his wrist. My husband is an auto technician so without the use of his dominant hand, he couldn’t work. For six weeks. We just went from a family of 7 to a family of 9 and disability just wasn’t going to be enough to cover our living expenses and groceries.

Our Life Group pooled their resources together and one night handed us a brown paper bag full of money to help us with our grocery expenses. It totaled close to $1000. I was in tears. God is so good and so faithful and it’s this type of community He wants His church to have. We were so blessed to be a part of something so special.

Lastly, there was another member/friend of this Life Group who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her and her husband have 5 children. We wept and mourned together and then we hoped and prayed together. And then we made a plan to help her through the chemo process. One person would drive her to her appointments while another would come and hang out with her children during that time. Others made meals and took her children to events and activities so her husband could care for her once he was home from work.

This is how the church functions and it is the most beautiful community I have ever experienced, and if you allow yourself to be friended and a bit vulnerable and available, you can be a part of a community like this, too. In fact, we hope you will!

Life Groups

These are just a couple of examples, from a small scale to a larger scale, of how we envision Life Groups to be. It’s about growing together through God’s Word, praying with and for one another, and literally being there for each other.

One of my favorite things to do is to learn from God’s Word and hear how other people are learning as well. If you have questions, someone in the group is bound to have an answer! If you’re struggling, someone in the group is bound to understand because they’ve gone through it or something similar.

No one should have to walk alone or feel alone in their relationship with God. We know having a relationship with God isn’t an instant problem-solver or life-fixer. But being surrounded by a community of other believers can help a whole lot when life gets gritty.

We want to do life together.

Bible Study

As we do life together, we also want to grow in our walk with God together. Each time we meet, we will spend some time just connecting, catching up, and having conversation over food.

The other half of our time together will be spent digging into God’s word and learning and growing together. Each leader will choose (in partnership with John, our Life Group Coordinator) what their group is going to study, though on occasion, all Life Groups may study the same thing for a short season.

Either way, it will be a wonderful opportunity and blessing to dig into God’s word in a very personal and intimate way—something we can’t do on a Sunday morning.

We want to grow together.

If you have not signed up to be a part of a Life Group, can I encourage you to try it out?

You can sign up right here and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! You can simply leave a comment below.

For His Glory,

Christin Slade

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