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College & Authenic Community

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Did you know that Buckhead Church offers Community Groups just for college students? Here’s some insight from one of our college leaders.

As a college student, you will never be more tempted to put secondary what you know needs to be primary—your relationship with Christ. Atlanta is a big city and it seems almost impossible to find other Christ-followers who want to grow in their relationship with Christ as well. So, how do college students in a big city find a way to grow in their relationship with Christ?

They join Community Groups.

A community group consists of eight to ten students who meet once a week over the course of the school year to pursue spiritual growth and healthy relationships. Community Groups have adult leaders who are a few steps ahead of you in life to help you navigate the complexities of college life and discover biblical truths. You will meet and develop friendships with other students who understand your struggles and are willing to hold you accountable and walk alongside you.

We all know college life is demanding and seems like endless work. So, what better way to grow your relationship with your heavenly Father than to step out of your schedule and step into community?

You don’t need another event or church gathering. What you need is a predictable environment where you can “do life” with people you trust, where you can experience a sense of belonging and care.

You have very little to lose and so much to gain. If you would like to join a group, click here to sign up before College GroupLaunch on Sunday, September 15.

David Gutlay ::: College Leader ::: Buckhead Church

To learn more about our college ministry, visit The Living Room’s page.

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From The Back Row To A Small Group

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It’s GroupLink week at Buckhead Church. We say it often around here that life is better connected. Here’s Joel’s story of learning that first hand.

Six years ago I moved to Atlanta and began attending Buckhead Church. I spent a good number of months in the back row, maybe up in the balcony a time or two, definitely doing my best to blend in with the crowd. Moving to Atlanta was a challenging transition for me and finding a place where I belonged was a big part of that struggle. I didn’t know anyone in the city and had no real clue where to begin meeting people. So, as the August Grouplink came around, I decided to take the plunge—I would join a Community Group.

Initially, I joined that first group as a way to meet people, because candidly I didn’t want to sit by myself on Sunday mornings anymore. It was through this group that I began to build friendships and to know people on a deeper level. Slowly, these guys began to pour into my life and showed me they really cared. Not just if I showed up for a Sunday night Bible study or not, but they were interested in my life. Not just a surface level conversation, but the “Hey, we’re going out to dinner; want to come?” or “I feel like you’ve got a lot going on right now. Do you want to grab a cup of coffee and catch up?” kind of conversations.

I navigated some really tough stuff that year, and they were right beside me to help me through it. As I look back on that first community group, I realize it was definitely a pivotal circumstance and filled with providential relationships. God used the guys in that group to encourage me, to help me through life’s struggles, to pray for me, and ultimately to point me in the right direction so I could draw closer with the Lord.

As that group came to a close, I continued in community with another group and ultimately began leading a group myself. God’s plans are always better than ours, and I would have missed these opportunities had I not been willing to get connected, to stay connected, and to risk being fully known within that community.

Without a doubt, I would not be where I am in my walk with the Lord had it not been for those he strategically placed around me along the way. I am so thankful for God’s grace in my life and the many people he has put in my path. Life truly is better connected.

Joel ::: Community Group Leader ::: Buckhead Church

GroupLink is an easy way to take a step and experience a group for just eight weeks. If you are new to Buckhead Church, this is a great way to begin connecting with others. You can also invite your friends in your area and attend GroupLink together to form a group. For more information or to register, visit buckheadchurch.org/grouplink.

We look forward to seeing you later this week at GroupLink!

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Busy Parents & Community Group

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We know that for some of you the thought of joining a group brings up immediate objections. The chief obstacle most people face is busyness. We believe that if you give group a try, you’ll be glad you did. Rather than take our word for it, we wanted to share a story from some busy parents—Mark and Penny Treese:

GroupLink is an easy way to take a step and experience a group for just eight weeks. If you are new to Buckhead Church, this is a great way to begin connecting with others. You can also invite your friends in your area and attend GroupLink together to form a group. For more information or to register, visit buckheadchurch.org/grouplink.

We look forward to seeing you at GroupLink!

The Groups Team ::: Buckhead Church

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Coffee and Community Group

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We say around Buckhead Church that life is better connected, but don’t take our word for it. Over the next couple weeks, we’ll share stories from those in our church who have learned that first hand.

There’s something about morning groups. They remind me of a simpler time when women gathered around a kitchen table with cups of tea or coffee to share their stories and lives. Companionship is hard to find in our busy world. We have to schedule it.

A morning group is where I learned that Jesus is real. I had been to church for years but it was just something that everyone did. When I started meeting with four other women in a morning group, I heard them talk about their faith and how they prayed. I heard my new friends share about Jesus and I was amazed that they seemed to know him. In that safe place I could ask questions. I could say what I believed without anyone scorning me. That time allowed me to grow and change.

I’ve been in many groups since then. The first week always requires courage. But by the second week, everyone knows where to find the cups and the coffee pot. We come on in without ringing the doorbell, gather in the kitchen first and shift our attention away from our already busy day. Then we all sit down and pause, settling into our armchairs, looking around the room, happy to be there, glad to be in a safe place where we can be ourselves.

We leave with new insight into our lives, greater compassion for each other and a deeper understanding of our incredible God. I love that time. There’s just something about morning groups.

Betsy ::: Community Group Leader ::: Buckhead Church

You can learn more about GroupLink and pre-register at www.buckheadchurch.org/grouplink.

Men’s GroupLink: Thursday, August 22

Women’s GroupLink: Friday, August 23

Married Couples’ GroupLink: Saturday, August 24

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Mentoring: A Note From The Principal

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On Sunday, August 11, Buckhead Church will kick off our recruitment of mentors to elementary-aged students at Woodson Primary School. Their principal wanted to drop in and share with us how important our involvement at this school is to their students.

At Carter G. Woodson Primary Elementary School, our children are our greatest resource. Every student has the right to be academically successful. Every teacher has the capacity to meet the needs of every student in every classroom. In order for every child to achieve academic success at Woodson, there must be collaboration between all stakeholders: the students, the community, the parents, the teachers, and the administration.

During my tenure as principal at Woodson, we have benefitted greatly from our partnership with Buckhead Church. Because of your generosity, this past school year our students had the opportunity to expand their experiences by participating in at least two off-site, instructionally focused field trips. In addition, our leadership team was afforded the opportunity to engage in an overnight leadership retreat that produced our instructional focus for this upcoming academic year. But, it is the power of the mentoring program that is the change agent in our students’ lives.

Because we value volunteers from Buckhead Church, we created a video to invite you to return as mentors this upcoming school year. You can view it here.

Dr. Susan Crim-McClendon ::: Principal ::: Woodson Primary School

Be part of the change happening in the lives of students at Woodson! To find out more about mentoring at Woodson, visit: theintersectproject.org/mentoring.

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