This past Sunday evening, celebration was in the air! Over the past 6 months, seventeen participants met biweekly at Big Blue and journeyed through Body Oak Cliff’s Formation and Leadership processes. The groups were co-led by Deborah Cunningham, Rachel Kramer, Joel Pulis, and Christy Tyree, and represented our largest cohort over the past 4 years!
Each time we gathered, we interacted with topics such as:
- The role shame plays in our lives
- Developing a rhythm of spiritual practices that lead to breakthrough
- How to regularly have conversations that sustain our personal transformation
- Learning to see and manage anxiety
- Understanding our emotions and growing in emotional maturity
- Growing in our ability to listen deeply and be present with people
- How to be defined and connected in relationships
- How to lead others on the journey of transformation
As we journeyed together toward more fully embodying God’s love in the everyday, the breakthroughs and impact of the work included…
- A single mother who experiences much less anxiety in the day-to-day care of her children and is able to parent with more confidence, compassion, and understanding. (Her kids were quick to notice the change too!)
- A young professional who found new purpose and is growing in authenticity with family members.
- An IT security exec who learned how to manage his anxiety in the midst of a stressful season of hacking and hurricanes.
- A public school teacher who gained vision for serving his students by being a better listener.
- A missionary who became aware of personal cynicism and found new hope for the future.
- A government employee who became more reflective and has improved relationships with family and co-workers.
- A businessman who learned to be defined with his work partner, which then allowed him to listen better and extend more compassion.
- Several women who gained confidence in their ability to lead others.
- Several married couples who grew to new levels of communication and intimacy.
- And so much more!
It has been a joy walking with this group, and we hope to continue supporting them on their journey in the days ahead!