In two previous posts, we talked about some ways North Point recognizes specific transitions in life and helps those (children and students) going through them attach meaning to those times and move forward with positive momentum. Transitions are such a normal part of life that we often ignore them. The only time we stop to think about them and attach meaning to them is when culture tells us to—high school and college graduations, job promotions, turning 40, etc.
Kids and students are not the only ones that go through transitions. Adults go through an even greater number of transitions depending on age, health, marital status, and other circumstances. How does North Point mark some of these meaningful transitions?
The end of a Community Group – Our adult Community Groups end after 12 to 24 months. Group members know this when they begin, but it can still be difficult emotionally. During the last few meetings, many groups will celebrate the overall group experience and any steps individuals took during the group. The group will also celebrate the new groups that will form from this one group.
The end of Oasis (our divorce recovery environment) – The end of a group like Oasis can be tricky. Because these groups are formed around a difficult life circumstance, not everyone is in a celebratory mood. We allow each Oasis group to mark the end of their group however best fits the group. We encourage Oasis participants to take next steps when their groups end. This could be into a men or women’s small group, or it could mean joining a strategic service team.
The end of Starting Point (our environment for seekers, starters, and returners to explore faith and experience community) – Throughout Starting Point, we celebrate any step an individual makes toward or in a growing relationship with Jesus. When a group ends, they might meet socially to celebrate the relationships that were formed. We encourage Starting Point participants to take next steps when their groups end. This could be into a men or women’s small group, or it could mean joining a strategic service team.
The end of 2 to 1 (our premarital mentoring environment) – In 2 to 1, an experienced married couple mentors an engaged couple for eight weeks. At the end of 2 to 1, the engaged couple is close to their wedding date. The experienced couple may write the engaged couple a letter encouraging and challenging them to be intentional in specific areas concerning their marriage. They may also attend the wedding. One way we encourage the engaged couple to transition well is to join a Just Married Community Group. These are groups of couples married for less than two years.
These are some of the transitions we have chosen to recognize. We don’t recognize every transition. And we don’t recognize every transition the same way. We do, however, help those going through the transitions attach meaning to those times and move forward with positive momentum.