The Scriptures tell us that God is the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), which means our lives are a story that God is creating to help make His name known. In essence, you have a story to tell. Your story can make a difference. Your story can positively influence people on the Jesus Way … and that is true leadership.
- Maybe you are a teacher wrestling with what the “Jesus Way” looks like working in a public school.
- Maybe you are a small business owner wondering how to model the Jesus Way to your employees.
- Maybe God is currently writing a chapter in your story that seems pretty significant.
- Maybe it’s a journey through adoption, taking care of older parents, fighting an addiction, or struggling with loneliness.
Whatever the situation, whatever the challenge, the beauty is that God did not design these stories to be told in isolation.
Leadership NEXT want to foster an environment that allows people to explore how they can make a difference with their stories and to do so in the context of community. As a result, one idea we would like to promote is the development of some Affinity Groups. Maybe a group of teachers can come together anddevelop their approach on how the gospel can make a difference in their schools. Maybe a group of couples going down the path of fertility or adoption can come together in community and figure out how their story can make a difference. We would like to build these affinity groups to help develop true leadership in our church.
In order for us to do this effectively we need to hear from you. Below are some key questions we’d like for you to answer that can help us in this process:
- What is your story? To be more explicit, what affinity group would speak to you? Are you a teacher, a small business owner, an empty-nester? What community group would you like to join so you can find like-minded people that could walk alongside you in this journey so that together we can all make a difference.
- Do you have a story to tell? More directly, would you be willing to facilitate an affinity group? If this is something that resonates with you then would you at least be open to the idea of helping get a group started?