As some of you might know, Ryan and I were have led small groups through Buckhead Church when we were single and once we were married. Due to being pregnant we took a small break to get this whole parenting thing down. This winter we were ready to jump back into leading so went to GroupLink (how people form small groups at BC). With HIGH expectations we talked through everything about our small group so that we could answer any questions should they arise from the couples that could potentially be in our group. (We even had a signal if we thought that maybe a couple wasn't a good fit! Planners or control freaks...)
Through various reasons we ended up leaving GroupLink with no one in our group! GroupLink is awkward enough as it is, but then to not even form a group! To say I was a little upset would be an understatement! But just like we believed heading into GroupLink, we knew that God was ultimately in control of what would happen.
Through conversations with different BC staffers, we found ourselves with the potential to lead a different kind of group. Our church does an 11 week intensive marriage small group, called Thrive, where you focus on different elements of marriage. The idea of this group is to do individual work from the provided curriculum then come together with your spouse to have open and honest discussion. It is designed to help each person be introspective in order to come to the table with what the individual can work on instead of finger pointing at their spouse.
So currently Ryan and I are appreciating in a Thrive group with hopes to lead a group in the fall. It has been such a good first 5 weeks with this study! We have been able to dive in and examine our marriage and find potential roadblocks. While this doesn't give us all the answers, it helps create space for us to simply communicate. Ryan and I were just saying that as the seasons of marriage change, this is a study that we can revisit again and again.