Guiding Principals of Journey Groups

We have our identity as a child of God.
 
John 1:12-13; Romans 8:15; Ephesians 1:4-8; 1 John 3:1-3
We are accepted in the Beloved.
 
Psalm 6, 22, 42, 74; Romans 8:30-39, 14:3-4; Ephesians 1:6; Colossians 1:21-22
We have unity and equity in Christ.
 
Romans 15:5-6; 1 Corinthians 12:4-27; Galatians 6:2-5
For a detailed look at the biblical, theological, and historical foundations of Journey Groups you can click here.

 

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Pastor Wife to Pastor Wife

 
No one can understand your role quite like another clergy wife. While no two roles or people are exactly the same, there’s something deeply unique about the pastorate that affects life and how we live it. 
 
Journey groups are for real-life women, facing real-life obstacles, wrestling with a real-life faith while receiving the real-life rewards of the role. These groups are not about pretending to be perfect or that everything is ok. These groups are about being authentically known and knowing others deeply. These are about building fully reciprocal relationships peer-to-peer. 

Cross-Affinity

 
Journey Groups are about unity in Christ found amid the diversity of Christianity. Here, the diversity of the denominational/associational makeup provides a sense of safety…you won’t be sharing deeply with a woman who might share something within your faith tradition that might circulate or rise up the ranks and negatively impact your husband’s career. 
 
In fact, there’s no requirement for you to ever share your faith tradition with your group. There’s no requirement for you to even share the name of the church where your husband pastors. 
 
Some women want to invite women in their community to form a group. This allows for face-to-face group meetings [when safe to do so] and for the opportunity to work on community ministry projects together.
 
Some women prefer to meet online, even if they may live near others in their group. In some cases, a woman is unable to find women in her community that want to form a group, while there are women in other towns, cities, or states that are waiting for a group to form. In which case, these women can be grouped together regardless of geographical location. In cases where the group members live farther apart, they often schedule a weekend retreat once  a year when feasible. Some women just find more safety in meeting with women farther away, especially if they are struggling or are newly dipping their toe into peer community.
 
We’re here to assure you…the women in these groups are more like you than you think. They’re not here to judge but to journey with you.

Safe Spaces

 

Confidentiality, humility, hospitality, and fidelity are cornerstone for Journey Groups.

Each member commits to a Covenant that begins with this promise:

We commit ourselves to the following principles, practices, and standards. We ask the Lord’s help in keeping them, in confronting our sister if she beaks them, and for a receiving heart if we are confronted. We will ask for grace and forgiveness from God and our sisters if we break them. We invite our sisters to hold us accountable for the sake of this community and all that God will do through it. 
 
The Covenant goes on to detail the principles, actions, structure, and practices of the group. You can read a sample here.
 
While we try to not take ourselves too seriously in this crazy life, we do take these cornerstones seriously. We are committed to deep relationship and support, so we ae committed to creating and maintaining safe space.

Life Giving

 
There are three simple yet powerful practices that occur at each meeting: Scripture, sharing, prayer.
 
Scripture engagement is through such activities as Lectio Divina [don’t let the name scare you, it just means Divine Reading and it’s where we read and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to us through the scripture] or a devotional reading. This is not a directed Bible study. This is a time of equitable sharing, where each woman shares how the Spirit speaks to her through the reading of the day. Woman, additionally, rotate the leading of the Scripture.
 
Sharing is when women simply share what’s happening in their lives: family, faith, work, church, nothing is off topic. She and the group listen actively with the goal of understanding and not fixing. The group may ask clarifying questions, which helps them better understand and helps the speaker process more deeply. This sharing helps us notice and press-in to where God is moving in our lives. [Did I mention no fixing here…and free advice only upon request.]
 
At the beginning each Journey Group, and annually at the Covenant renewal, each member shares their story. The story of their life to a caring, captive audience. This opportunity is repeated, so that members have the opportunity to share their story more deeply later, or to share different parts of their story, or perhaps even to reframe their story as they grow spiritually. 
 
Prayer is the time when women hold each other up before the Lord. Prayer is offered for individual needs, for families, for churches, and for communities. While it is true that different faith traditions pray in different styles and methods, any style that the group is all comfortable with is welcomed…and no two women have to pray the same way. This is the beauty and strength of the rich diversity within the Christian faith. 
 
Each of these practices [or movements in the sonata as we a like to call them] is essential for Journey Groups. Each one must be practiced, but may be practiced in differing order.
 
The Holy Spirit uses these simply movements and our intentional commitment to them to deepen our spiritual connection to God and to each other. What powerful transformations God brings through the unity of Journey Groups!

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Waiting for you own

Journey Group?

 
You’re welcome to reserve a spot here in the monthly open Journey Group Zoom session conducted by Dr. Ashley.
 
This provides some support for you until your own Journey Group is established. 
 
This open Journey Group, like all Journey Groups, is free of charge. Donations are always appreciated.