We were made for relationships.
We all need a community where we can connect, learn, share, and belong. Walking with God was never meant to be a solo experience; its a relational experience! We’ve discovered many Christians are looking for these types of communities without any success.
A lack of belonging can lead to isolation and block your path to a deeper walk with God.
Deeper Walk has taken the initiative to provide small group gatherings online where relationships are formed and fostered, God is central, and fabulous content is discussed. We call these communities Journey Groups.
As a Journey Group member, you’ll receive a brief lesson each week via email, then meet online for an hour to strengthen relational skills while interacting with the group discussing the lesson. The content is important, however, these groups are relationally-focused and interactive!
The weekly topics include life-changing material from Deeper Walk, Life Model Works, and Thrive Today. Your group will talk about walking in freedom, growing your identity in Christ, developing emotional maturity, participating in a multigenerational community, practicing relational skills, and so much more!
Who offers Journey Groups?
Journey Groups are a resource provided by Deeper Walk International, and participation in Journey Groups will lead you through Deeper Walk materials and concepts, including the discipleship model of Freedom, Identity, walking in the Spirit, and Heart to Heart Community. Because Deeper Walk considers the Life Model concepts of community, maturity, healing from trauma, and living from God’s perspective to be foundational to a deeper walk with God, these concepts are interwoven in the curriculum. This is a great place to practice the relational skills training of Thrive Today, too!
What is a Journey Group?
A Journey Group is a group of 5-7 people who meet once a week online in a video meeting to share their journey of growth in freedom and identity in Christ, relational skills, maturity, awareness of and walking by the Spirit, and creating connection and community in a way that creates a deeper walk with God.
Who will lead my Journey Group?
Your Journey Group Leader, also called a Field Guide, will have participated in a Journey Group, completed leadership training with the Journey Groups Director, completed Deeper Walk Institute Course 1, and will be experienced with Life Model concepts of belonging/attachment, maturity, healing from trauma, and tuning in to God’s perspective. Journey Group leaders may also Freedom in Christ facilitators, Immanuel Prayer facilitators, spiritual directors, pastors, life coaches, or counselors.
What will we do in my Journey Group?
Each Journey Group will follow the same format. At the start of each week, you will receive an email with a short lesson. Your Journey Group meeting begins on Google Hangouts or Zoom with a Check-In round of sharing what you notice in your current emotional world. After each person checks in, we move to share a short appreciation story from our week. Next, we will discuss the topic of the week. An overview of Year One’s Curriculum is below revealing the topics to be discussed during the meeting times.
Following the discussion, we listen to Jesus and journal what we sense from Him. Then we read what we wrote with the group. We close our Journey Group with prayer.
How often does a Journey Group meet?
Each group meets once a week for approximately an hour. Joy Jumpstart groups meet for four weeks. After completing Jumpstart your Journey Group will start a new focus topic (or unit) at the beginning of every other month. Each Journey Group unit will meet 7 times during the two month period.
Is there a cost for participating?
Members of Journey Groups contribute $25 each month to participate. Journey Group Leaders (Field Guides) receive most of this fee and Deeper Walk retains a percentage to provide leadership training, to administrate the groups, and to produce promotional materials and deliver the weekly lessons.
How long does the Journey Group last?
A one-year curriculum is currently in place for Journey Groups, and we are developing a second-year curriculum. New units are introduced every two months, and we welcome you to stay with your Journey Group as long as you’d like. We also plan to develop a special focus curriculum, as well. Our goal is to build secure connections and guide you toward a deeper walk with God. You can also leave the group at any time, there are no contracts.