Last Wednesday night, I announced the kick-off of our first-ever in-home small groups called Awaken Groups! We’re so excited about this new direction we’re headed with the church and really believe that this will bring a new depth to the relationships that have already formed at Awaken.

In addition to the 3 “core” groups that we’re starting out with, we’ll also have a military extension of these groups meeting in Afghanistan! We see this as a practical way to minister to our military guys while they’re gone.

Adjusting to ARMY culture has been a process for us. I’ve never felt the military presence like we do out here. During the most recent deployment, the town was visibly much emptier than it had been since we arrived! Awaken is made up of a majority of military families, so we’re excited to offer this branch of Awaken Groups to deployed soldiers.

Alex Cruz will be leading our first-ever Army Edition of Awaken Groups. After our first trimester is over, we’ll ship him an Awaken Groups leader box that will contain everything he needs to run a small group in Afghanistan: DVDs of the messages, discussion questions, communion supplies, and more!

Since this is our first edition of Awaken Groups, we’re starting small, but we’d love to see not only our core groups grow here in Clarksville, but we’d love to see the military branch of Awaken Groups take off as well! If you are deploying soon and interested in leading a group overseas, leave a comment below and I’ll get in touch with you.