Community

 

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:22-25


Cultivate

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is gathering for young women ages 18-29 designed to create community among women from different churches and backgrounds to grow in faith and friendship. Cultivate started in Hickory, NC in June 2017.

When I ended up moving back to my hometown of Hickory, I realized how few people I knew at the time. There were two other young women who reached out to me and I felt so loved in a time when I felt like such a failure. Over time, I had a huge desire to do this for others. Many young people are moving back to their hometowns after college, as well as those who move to our cities.

When we say yes to community, we are saying yes to extraordinary friendships, authenticity, and joy!

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This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. - John 15:12-13 (NKJV)

THE FORMAT

  • Socializing/Snacks

  • Games

  • Lesson

  • Weekly prayer partners

PREVIOUS STUDIES

  • Topical: Body Image, Hospitality, Friendship, Testimony, etc.

  • Fruit of the Spirit [8 week study]

  • Women in the Genealogy of Jesus [4 or 5 week study]

  • Philippians [4 week study]

  • 4 Types of Love [4 week study]

  • 1 & 2 Peter [7 week study]

  • Armor of God [8 week study]

  • Bad Girls of the Bible [10 week study]

  • Daniel [12 week study|

LEADERS

  • 4 Leaders teach once a month and are on a rotation. {Sharing once every four weeks)

  • There are 3 semesters a year:

    • Fall | September- (mid) December

    • Spring | (late) January-April

    • Summer | June- August (We have done studies or just social gatherings)

  • Leaders typically commit to a semester at a time which requires 3 or 4 times teaching a semester.

  • Choose wisely: make sure your leadership is a good blend of older and younger women who have a passion for encouraging and authenticity in sharing. Keep in mind that this could end up being someone's niche, so think through who you should invite.

  • Have a facilitator: It is important to have someone running the meetings. This point person does not have to teach, but needs to be someone who can lead the group overall through the evening with transitions, finding leaders, plugging the leaders into a rotation schedule and communicating with the Cultivate group.

HOW TO START A GROUP

  1. Find a meeting place.

  2. Find 4 leaders.

  3. Come up with a scheduled time to meet each week. (Typically 1 hour or 1 hour and 30 minutes works well)

  4. Create a semester schedule for lessons and the speakers.

  5. Invite everyone you know and have them help spread the word. (the Remind App is a great resource)

  6. Figure out games that tie into your lessons and don't forget snacks!

  7. Contact me via email: emmadanzey@gmail.com to get more information.