Before ranting about Creative Minds, the main thing you need to know is December 10th. Mark your calendar. It’s the big day to celebrate everything I’m about to discuss.
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I just went through 12 weeks of leading a small group at Cross Church. That might not sound like much to you, but it meant everything to me. For a church to believe in me enough to lead a group of people on a weekly basis, that’s not something I take for granted.
I can remember many months ago, when my friend, Chad, the person in charge of small groups at Cross Church, suggested that I lead a group. I brushed the idea off, knowing that I’m not a leader. Besides, I’m too shy, and too scared to do something that ambitious. A week went by, and I agreed under one condition: someone co-lead with me. But as the semester approached, I gained enough confidence to not need that co-leader, and I wound up leading two small groups instead of just one: “Creative Minds” and “BBQ and Basketball”. I can never thank Cross Church enough for showing me how possible it is to be a leader.
The coolest part about leading these two groups was how many people showed up every week. Each Saturday night (or Sunday afternoon), over twenty people would stop by: to sing, play instruments, draw, cook food, play basketball, and so much more. I was in awe as I’d look around. I might create a lot, but I don’t take many chances. I rather be strategic. I took a chance on leading though, and my life will never be the same because of it. People believed in me enough to show up consistently every week. It blew my mind. And now, these relationships and these moments, every single one of them, will be something I remember for the rest of my life.
December 10th (not this Saturday, but next), we’ll have one last Creative Minds to celebrate the life-changes that happened in those 12 weeks. As much as it’s about me, it’s even more about the people that opened up their hearts during this semester. I’ve gotten to know some amazing friends because of these groups. We lean on each other now, and we’ve all grown so much. These groups weren’t just about creating and basketball, that was just the excuse that brought us together.
If you came to any of these events, or if you’ve considered coming to one of these events—or, if you simply just know one of us in the group, and you’ve seen our growth over these last few months—we’d love it if you’d join us. It’s nothing formal, just a bunch of friends hanging out, playing guitars, and drinking coffee: celebrating Creative Minds.