United We Grow
When your soul is hungry, it’s hard to be patient and easy to feel restless. And there is this sense that something is missing in life. This is the anxious life leading to burnout and despair.
When your soul is at rest, it’s hard to feel flustered, distressed or angry. There is an inner calm no storm can touch, an inner light that fills every void and rises above the darkness. There is this sense life is a purposeful adventure, every conversation holds a clue to your destination and every surprise an open door to greater perspective and wisdom.
Are small groups important?
John Wesley understood our spiritual life to be more like an apprenticeship than membership or a scholarly pursuit. Christianity, he said, is not just knowing what is right; Christianity is doing what is right, especially when it is unpopular or costly. This is not an easy or natural transition. So Wesley insisted his followers participate in small groups to encourage continued spiritual reflection, dialogue and mentoring among those called Methodists. Wesley knew that without mentoring and accountability, our spiritual flame would gradually fade and eventually die. If we stop to consider the health of the church today, perhaps we would do well to rediscover our Methodist roots.
Christianity is like a marriage, it is never a one time decision but a lifelong relationship that guides our thoughts and actions in the midst of messy situations, hard choices and dry seasons. “For most of us, the great danger is not that we will renounce our faith. It is that we will become so distracted and rushed and preoccupied that we will settle for a mediocre version of it.” J Ortberg
Should I join a Small Group?
Soul Care is not just a Bible study, although we look to Scripture to guide us. It is more than a prayer group, although we are surrounded by prayer. Soul Care creates sacred space to search our motives, see habits that entangle us, and silence the negativity that is rampant in our culture. Soul Care invites you to go beyond Sunday morning into every day experiences. Each week, surrounded by trusted friends and guided by the Holy Spirit, we’ll reflect on “where is God showing up and where is He leading?” We will cut through the clutter, silence the negativity and restore the clarity and confidence you need to walk with God every day.
“A deep sense of love and belonging is the irreducible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically and spiritually wired to love, to be loved and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick.” Brene Brown