Not many years ago, I had a lot of acquaintances, but hardly any who were truly close to me. I floated between different groups of people, enjoying myself and satiating my extroverted nature, but never truly investing much into close friendships. This was fine for a while, but I eventually found that I could be surrounded by people and still feel deeply lonely. Sure, I knew a lot of people, but I had not allowed myself to truly be known.
At one of my lowest points, I finally realized that I was not meant to go through life alone, pushing through obstacles all by myself through sheer force of will. I needed a community of people who understood me, challenged me, and supported me.
By the grace of God, I found a group of men who became that support system, and we have remained close to this day. This group has been essential in getting me to where I am today. We’ve seen each other in our best moments and our worst moments. I trust them more than anyone besides my wife, because I know that they will lift me up when I’m at a low point, call me out when I need to be challenged, and encourage me to grow both in my faith and as a person.
Even now, when our life circumstances have changed and the four of us live in four different states across 2,100 miles, we still find time to talk and support each other. It is because of this strong bond that I believe so strongly in the importance of finding a group to call our own.
Everyone needs a tribe – people who know us well and help us reach our fullest potential. After all, even Jesus made sure his twelve disciples were by his side when he went to fulfill his calling.
In today’s world, it is easier than ever to find ourselves isolated, alone, and as a result missing out on the gift of community that God has invited us to. This is why, at Schweitzer, we are so passionate about being Community Focused.
We want everyone to find a place where they fit in alongside people who know them well and care about them.
A great first step is to visit the Schweitzer’s Groups page online at schweitzer.church/groups. Here you will find a list of open groups using the Find a Group button.
We have a variety of small groups, large groups, short-term classes, and ongoing classes that meet each week. We have groups for all ages and stages of life.
If you have more questions, reach out! I’d love to meet you and help you find your tribe! Find me on Sunday, call the office at 417-881-6800 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to hearing from you!