On the heels of Explore Biblical Counseling, we wanted to give a brief summary that includes some of the practical ways Robb suggested we could begin to take our training back into our communities.
We started off the weekend with a conversation about VALUES. Through the egg exercise, we learned that stated values may or may not be what leads our actions. He then took our mission statement and walked through what it looks like to embrace a shared set of values in Ephesians 2:19-22. It was a telling question when he asked if the stated values are what we functionally value. Here are three helpful questions for your group:
What are the spoken values of our group?
What are the unspoken values of our group? How would we identify those, and what would be the purpose?
How do we align with the values in Midtown’s vision of gospel transformation and our core values of hear, connect, serve?
Building on shared values, Robb then spoke about GIFTS (what is your “one thing”?) and the ROLE we each play in community (Ephesians 4:14-16). He had a couple in crisis and their “small group” stand up together, and he showed us what soul care could practically look like with everyone using their “one things.” Many of us were wrecked by the beauty of this demonstration. To quote Dave George, “it gave us hope.” Here are some ways to think about your group in this light:
What is your “one thing” that you bring to community?
What is the “one thing” of each person in your group?
Spend 5 minutes journaling about each person in your group, using these questions:
circumstances: what is going on in his/her life?
cognition: how is he/she thinking about those circumstances?
character: how is this thinking being applied?
Finally, we moved from values to gifts to MINISTRY. Here’s how he summarized this: “If we are living according to our spoken values, love and service are the overflow. Then the leaders, individuals, and the group will all be active and intentional participants in what is taking place in the lives of one another. This is transformational community.”
We recorded the weekend, and will let you know as soon as the videos are available. Our second round of training is in April (go ahead and sign up here), and we hope everyone will use the videos to catch up on any sessions they may have missed before then. We really believe we are in a page-turner season, in which this training is so poignant, useful, and purposeful – and we are anxious to hear the stories of what is happening in your hearts and your communities as you’re leading in the wake of it.
May the Lord’s presence be strongly with us; may He gently move our hearts to value what He values.