The Kindred and Kappa
A guest story by Hannah Lafferty
Near the beginning of the school year, a few of us sorority girls from Southwestern Christian University met with Kaleigh and decided to implement and partner with the vision of The Kindred for Kappa Kappa Pi. When I heard about The Kindred, I immediately fell in love with the concept and end goal — to create community while building up each other’s faith in Christ. As Kaleigh was sharing her heart with us, I remember thinking that this idea was perfectly fit for the believer or non-believer in the faith, and it has the ability to be an outlet for someone’s healing and salvation, to spark intellectual discussions, and to bring hope and encouragement to all who are a part. I have such a heart for small groups. Over the years, I have led and participated in several small groups of various settings, and I have seen the fruit of them in my own life. I believe that it is in these moments that deep discussion, discipleship and spiritual growth are naturally produced.
During the semester, Kappa had two meet-ups. Each one took place on campus, and we were able to use this time to intentionally get to know the girls better. Initially, I was nervous about how many girls would attend or even feel like participating, but after the first gathering, I realized that the number of people was not of the utmost importance here. The important thing was the fact that we were able to share the Word of God, to comfort each other, and to give advice to those in need. It was such a sweet and much needed time for all who came. We assured the girls that our small group was a safe place, which made it a little bit easier for us to open up and to be honest with each other. It was surprising to me to see certain ones freely admitting things that they were struggling with in their life. I was thankful for the opportunity that I had as a leader to be a witness and a safe place where girls could confidently be vulnerable with me.
We shared many laughs, tears, and stories with each other during our meet-ups, and now I can say that I feel a lot closer to the girls than I did before. We also made it a point to pray for each person and their requests. I believe that this was the highlight of my involvement with Kindred because it not only drew us together, but it also brought our focus more on Jesus.
If you have ever thought about starting a small group, but weren’t sure how to go about it, partner with The Kindred and go for it! It may seem scary at first and may even get messy, but the end reward is great. Just remember your purpose behind leading the group — to build each other’s faith in Christ!