As we gear up for our group season, I’d encourage you to be praying and thinking through our theme verse for this upcoming Cannonball series:

“I’m not there yet, nor have I become perfect; but I am charging on to gain anything and everything the Anointed One, Jesus, has in store for me—and nothing will stand in my way because He has grabbed me and won’t let me go. Brothers and sisters, as I said, I know I have not arrived; but there’s one thing I am doing: I’m leaving my old life behind, putting everything on the line for this mission.”Philippians 3:12-13 (The Voice)

Without oversimplifying the difficulties, struggles, or hurts that come with being a real human in an imperfect world, I do want to encourage us as Group Leaders to trust and expect God to do good things in our groups this season. Let’s try to trust that God is inviting us to go on mission with him. Let’s aim to be open to the idea that God is going to do something transformative in the unique lives our groups represent — even in the midst of the real tensions of life. In fact, I deeply believe if we can stay tuned in and open to whatever God is inviting us into individually during the messy moments of life we often find God’s goodness in the most meaningful and transformative ways.

I’m not saying this is easy, simple, or painless. I know staying connected to God and remaining open to his mission in the midst of struggle takes grit. But as Group Leaders, let’s pave the way by being humbly and courageously open to God’s leadership and goodness in our own lives and in our groups.

Know my prayer for us as Group Leaders is that we are each personally open to whatever God is inviting us into, and like our pastors communicated beautifully at at Vision Night, that we each personally encounter God.

Thank you for your investment, leadership, and faith.