Jon is a new member of my “huddle” this year. He’s been a terrific addition to the group of guys that I meet with every Wednesday night. The huddle format we’ve adopted divides our large number of students into small groups where vulnerability and accountability are much more possible. It’s been transforming our Navigator community in a powerful way.
Here’s how small groups have impacted Jon (pictured in the black glasses and blue t-shirt with the rest of the huddle), a third year engineering major in aviation:
“My huddle has been the most beneficial area of my personal growth in college. Growing up and throughout high school, I never really developed solid relationships with Christian men. This was probably caused by a mixture of my own personal fear and a lack of men my age I could connect with. Rarely did I ever talk about my own struggles, worries, sins, or spiritual questions with anyone. Then I joined Charly’s huddle. In huddle, I’ve opened up and shared fears and secrets that I’ve kept hidden for most of my life. I never realized until this point how amazing it is to release burdens and finally share them with others. I’ve begun to understand what it means to be more fully known, and I’m finding that I’m loved.
In our huddle we look deeper into life and our walk with Jesus. As we process life together, I find tangible ways to change and grow closer to God every day by breaking down the barriers that have been holding me back my whole life. I am so thankful for my huddle. It is too easy to become stagnant in my faith, but huddle has created an environment that allows me to grow like I never have before.”
Two of the best hours of my week are when my huddle meets on Wednesday nights. We gather at a quiet coffee shop after Large Group from 9:00-11:00. Together we process how Jesus is speaking into our lives through His Word and through individual “God Moments.” Our lives are being transformed as we learn from each other and experience God together. As the guys like to say (to sum up the familial community our huddle has become), and as Vin Diesel in Guardians of the Galaxy so aptly puts it: “We are Groot.”