What impact does life in circles really have on people? Do you find yourself asking that question over the course of time? We surveyed people in groups at Mission just a few weeks ago, asking that very question, and the results were incredible. Here's what we found.
LIFE IN CIRCLES MOVED PEOPLE TOWARD GOD.
Before your experience in a group, how would you identify yourself? What about after?
Helping people find and follow Christ is a long game. It happens slowly, and it doesn't always look like we hope it will. But, movement toward God, no matter where it is on the spectrum, is always a miracle. #ProgressNotPerfection
People are dying to hear "me too".
How has being in a Group at Mission impacted you in a significant way?
"I am getting to know more Christians have the same struggles as I do."
"Meeting people in this group, who show true genuine care and concern and love for each other has been incredible. It has also given me a safe space, free of judgement, to open up about my relationship with Jesus, and how to move on further in my life."
"Yes. I am no longer ashamed to talk about what I have been through. I am realizing that what I have to say helps others."
The investment that you put in as leaders and hosts... is working. As we continue working hard to create safe environments that make our communities irresistible, remember the impact that your investment makes.
"We respect each others’ time by starting and ending when we say we will."
We are all battling "busy" in our lives. Time matters, and it can make or break a good experience. The big idea here is simple: more often than not, ending when you've said you will has to trump whatever conversation you want to keep having. That is a big statement, with plenty of loopholes and exceptions, but don't miss the force of it. You never know who you are hurting by taking that extra 10... 15... or 20 minutes...
Time is not a schedule issue... it's a respect issue. And respect leads to trust. So continue to create an environment of trust by respecting your group members' time!