Steps and Options to form a Journey Group

This is your best first step for whatever option you choose.
 
After you register, you’ll get a password to unlock the
“How To” Training for Journey Groups page on this website. 

Option 1:

 

Invite women yourself to

form a new

Journey Group

with you

  • Register above and read through the “How To” Training for Journey Groups.
  • Invite at least 2 other women to form a new Journey Group. (Groups range from 3-5 women.)
  • These may be women in your local area from a variety of churches, or women not in your local area that maybe you’ve met online or at a non-denominational conference.
  • Invite them to visit this site, so they can register and understand what a Journey Group is by accessing the “How To” material.
  • Decide on a meeting schedule, ie: 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 7:00pm (Journey Groups usually meet twice a month – but can meet less if that’s all you can squeeze into your schedule.) Some groups meet during the day and some in the evening. 
  • Virtual/In-person/Hybrid: groups vary – some mostly meet online and then schedule a luncheon or retreat occasionally. Some meet each time in-person (when it’s healthy to do so.)
  • If you’d like for Dr. Ashley to speak to the whole group, give an overview, and kick-off your new Journey Group…
      • Find a couple of dates and times that work for your group
      • Email the options to Dr. Ashley at Dr.Ashley@JourneyPartnerInc.org
  • Please keep your group members and this ministry in prayer.

Option 2:

 

Wait to be grouped

with other women already registered

  • Register above and read through the “How To” Training for Journey Groups.
  • As women register, we will match you up with women to begin new Journey Groups.
  • Join the Open Monthly meeting as you wait for your own group to start. 
  • Pray for your future group members and this ministry. 

Additional Support:

 

Attend an open monthly meeting to meet other women, share,

and get support from Dr. Ashley

Make your reservation to attend the open monthly meeting as you wait for your own personal Journey Group to start.
 

Journey Groups Are: An Overview

Pastor Wife-to-

Pastor Wife

Peer soul care growth groups of 3-5 women married to ministers.

Cross-Affinity

Group members are pastors’ wives (affinity) from multiple denominations/associations (cross) –
 
this diverse make-up provides feelings of safety for personal sharing…feeling like what you share won’t be used against your husband’s career and shared within your own denomination/association.

Safe Spaces

Confidentiality, environment, and practices of the group
are secured in a Journey Group Covenant. 
 
With virtual groups, you can connect with women
either inside your geographical area
or with those far away from you –
 
some women prefer to share with other women
outside of their local area and some prefer to share with women inside their local area. 
 

Life Giving

 
Engage in 3 regular practices at each session:
 
Scripture
Sharing
Prayer

Regularly Scheduled

Journey Groups meet every two weeks (i.e.. 1st and 3rd Tuesday) or every three weeks on a rotating schedule…
or once a month if women are in a real pinch for time.
 
Some meet geographically in-person (when healthy to do so) and some meet online via Zoom and gather in-person only occasionally for a meal or weekend retreat.
 
Some online group members are even from different states.

Guiding Principles 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: 

Register Below to join a Journey Group or start one in your area.

 

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Journey Groups Are: In More Detail

 

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. 

Safe Spaces

 

Confidentiality, humility, hospitality, and fidelity are cornerstones 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. 
 
 
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

 
Engage in 3 regular practices at each session:
 
  • Scripture
  • Sharing
  • Prayer
 
 

Registering WILL let us know how to:

Support you as you gather a new group to start or wait for us to connect you with other women already registered.
Best match you with women online who are waiting just for someone like you to start a group.
Pray for you and to make personal contact if you’d like.
Give you access to our Journey Groups “How To” Training for Journey Groups page, where you can learn all the details about conducting groups and group life.

Registering will not:

Obligate you in any way. If you decide not to move forward, we won’t stalk you with emails.
Let your email information be used for marketing. See our privacy policy.
Open you up to charges, as all Journey Groups, resourcing, and conductor coaching support are free.
Give us permission to share your name with others. When we form a group, we withhold names until the last thing – when women are ready to meet each other.