How Leading A Summer Series Group Changed My Summer
Leading a Delight chapter on my college campus was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. When I wasn’t on campus with my Delight women, I desperately wanted to maintain connection with them. Leading a summer series group gave me the opportunity to connect with Delight women in a whole new way - it completely changed my summer for the better. This is why…
It gave me a community when I desperately needed connection.
Moving home from college for summer is one of the weirdest experiences I’ve ever had. You get so used to living an independent life, living on your own, creating a new home in a new place. Then you temporarily leave your new home for the old home where you grew up, and you revert back to your role as a kid. In the summer I long for freedom and the maturity and autonomy that come with college life and college friendships. Being home can feel really lonely and can lead to a longing for your college friends. Summer series is the perfect way to maintain connections that are impactful. You can even maintain relationships from far away through online groups!
I had a purpose in the lazy days of summer.
I feel totally lost if I don’t have a list of tasks that I need to check off every day. If I have nothing motivating me to get up and go, I can spend days on the couch watching movies and taking naps. Every once in a while, a lazy day is exactly what I need, but over time it gets monotonous. Summer series gave me daily activities that I could look forward to. The devotionals and podcasts motivated me to get going and do at least one thing that was good for me every day. Encouraging the girls in my group helped give me purpose and I actually felt productive and proud of myself. Plus, the podcasts are perfect for poolside listening. Instead of aimlessly hearing the same pop songs over and over, I was able to grow and learn (while getting a fabulous summer glow).
My relationship with God grew in new ways.
The summer is always a time where I feel like I’m in limbo between my old self and new self. It’s never been an easy time for my faith life, and sometimes I let my faith life fall to the bottom of my priorities when I’m distracted by being home and in a different routine. Summer series grew my relationship with God in ways that I didn’t know possible. In a time of uncertainty and feeling in between, this content gave me the guide to turn a time of confusion into a time of growth. Leading always helps me grow in immense ways, and the Lord shows me new parts of myself every time I open myself to leading others.
I encourage you to take a leap of faith and lead a Summer Series group. See where the Lord can take you! Whether it’s through a local or online group, create your own community by leading. Get together girls in your hometown or lead a group online full of friends you will be far from. Let the summer series grow your friendships and your faith and feel confident in knowing your summer will be filled with the Lord. No matter what, be connected to good people somehow and remember that summer is full of possibility.
About the Author
Hi! I’m Christina, and I’m currently 22 years old living in Chicago. I grew up right outside of Chicago, but recently graduated from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide), where I’ve been for the past four years. I am undeniably ill-equipped to be back in the snow after experiencing southern winters! While attempting not to turn into a popsicle, I’ll be working on my master’s degree in community counseling at Loyola University. My current plan is to become a Licensed Professional Counselor and work with adolescents in private therapy. I love connecting with people, learning their stories, and using the knowledge I have about human behavior coupled with the knowledge I have of Scripture to advise others and love them well.