Young people from across the United States and countries around the world continue to arrive in Nashville daily. Many of these individuals find themselves in a new city surrounded by thousands of people and unable to connect with them feeling great loneliness. Many of these same individuals, though disconnected from organized religion, express a sincere desire to grow spiritually and live in harmony with self, neighbors, and creation.
Journey Together seeks to answer this need by creating life groups where individuals, from diverse backgrounds, can explore life, grow in faith, and make a difference in their communities.
In partnership with Journey to the Table, a ministry of the Upper Room, we will equip young adults with the skills and support needed to launch and maintain life groups in the context of their everyday lives. Our goal is not to gain new members for any particular congregation, but to answer the call of Christ to make disciples of all people.
Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.” Matthew 28:19-20- Jesus
Life Groups can provide a unique and safe environment for individuals to explore their spirituality, connect with others, and make a difference in their community. Our Methodist heritage tells us that connection to small groups is the most fruitful way to grow in faithfulness, care for one’s own soul, and provide mutual support and accountability for others. Theologian Steve Manskar offers a great definition for Small Groups. Manskar states, “A small group is 3 to 15 people who meet regularly (weekly, bi-weekly or monthly) to help one another grow in holiness of heart and life and to help the congregation participate in God’s mission in the world. Group members attend to the ways that God is at work in their lives and do all in their power to cooperate with God’s grace. The group meets to watch over one another in love. They mutually support and encourage one another in the practice of missional discipleship.”
We believe that together we can equip young adults and create a network of small groups where people from different experience genuine welcome, practice their faith and grow in ownership of their spiritual development.