The Training Circle
One my monthly highlights happened last night. Once a month for three hours I get together with seven other men from church for a time that is intentionally structured to foster community, accountability and spiritual growth.
We call it The Training Circle.
One Sunday night a month we catch up with each other, recite memory verses, and talk about our monthly homework–usually we read through a book, have a relational assignment with our wives and meet another guy for lunch. On top of those things, one man each month shares his story–from top to bottom, birth to present, all the ups and downs. By far, this is the highlight of the night as we get to see how God has drawn this person to Himself over the years. In the end, the purpose of our night is to intentionally pursue life in Jesus Christ as our greatest passion.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)
We are a curious group of misfits. We range from young to old, kids to no kids, varying professions, and very different life stories. Colorful personalities, diverse walks of life.
I love it.
As C.S. Lewis was fond of saying, people need more to be reminded than instructed. So this post was meant as an encouragement to fellowship/have community/be accountable (whatever you want to call it) with other believers. Live life together. Be intentional. Share your story.
(On a side note: We read through The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning this month. It was phenomenal. I have plans to do a week-long blog series on some of my takeaways. Think #RagamuffinWeek. Stay tuned!)