Eric Speir

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The Benefits of Belonging to a Group

A few months ago I started meeting with two other men from my church. To be honest, it has changed my perspective on relationships. I got the idea in prayer one day. In hindsight, it was a brilliant idea. I wish I could say it was original with me, but a guy named Jesus came up with the idea.

To say it has been good for me has been an understatement. It has slowly brought change to my life. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to go somewhere faster in life. There are many good reasons to belong to a group. We will discuss a few of them here.

Here a few reasons why you should get involved in a small group:

  • They provide needed accountability. They regularly ask me how I’m doing with my personal goals. When you know you’re going to be asked about something it often motivates you to have the answer ready!
  • A group helps you to get somewhere faster. You can learn from each others life experiences. I’ve been given some good business advice from these men. On several occasions, I have been given some good networking ideas as well.
  • They can give you an outside or objective view. Solomon once said, “Plans fail for lack of counsel.” It’s easy to miss the obvious when you are constantly close to something. They help me to see what I cannot see.
  • They can help you to see your blind spots in life. When driving down the road it’s hard to see your blind spots. That’s why it’s important to have good mirrors. Peer mentors can help you to see things more clearly. Sometimes when you’re really close to something you can’t see all the details or blemishes.
  • They aren’t afraid to ask you the hard questions. It’s important to ask the right questions to get unstuck in your life. This helps you to be honest with yourself and it helps you to get unstuck when you need it.
  • They provide needed accountability. When you know someone is going to ask you how you are doing in an area you tend to feel more motivated to stay the course.

In the next post we will discuss how to start a group and what to do to get started.

Question: Where in your life can a peer mentor group help you? Please leave a comment below!

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About Eric

I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir

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6 Replies

  1. I’ve been part of a Connect group. It’s great together and hear different thoughts on the Bible. It helps with my understanding of some difficult texts. It also helps build relationships. Many times we have a false notion of a brother or sister in the Lord, and just spending time with them allows us to see who they are in a more personal way.

    1. Groups have a way of changing our view of others and our relationships. It helps us to see people for who they truly are and not what we think they might be like and it strengthens us in the process.

    2. Eric

      Groups have a way of changing our view of others and our relationships. It helps us to see people for who they truly are and not what we think they might be like and it strengthens us in the process.

  2. Being a part of a group is so important for our growth and development. You shared some great points and benefits that come from belonging to a group. No person can reach their potential without the help of other people. Great post!

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