"We need consistent time, relationship, and shared-strength with people who can complete our sentences." - Jayne Schooler
People are suffering alone, without intimacy or strategy to heal from past wounds and navigate future struggles. Relational unhealth is the greatest barrier to societal health.
The Body of Christ, in tandem, hosts support groups for all populations to meet all needs.
Greater Dayton: 240K followers + 1,400 buildings = 11,000 slots/week to host groups.
Catalyze a Support Group Army throughout the Body of Christ:
(# in existence in Greater Dayton/Goal)
Single Moms (1/20)
Domestic Abuse Survivors (1/10)
Domestic Abusers (1/4)
Spiritual Leaders (0/15)
Divorce for Kids (1/5)
Poverty (Employment) (0/5)
Addiction Recovery (15/30)
Total Needed: 85 Groups; Mobilize 1,200 people out of 240,000 followers = .5% of followers
Map all existing support groups by demographic and schedule.
Interconnect like-focused support group leaders. Assess strength and needs.
Create a support group gap-analysis: demographic, place, and time.
Create goals around for each demographic based on needs of population.
Assess latent congregational interest in leading/hosting support groups and other ministries based on demographic. Goal: all followers find their highest and best role.
Mobilize Body of Christ into roles:
Organizers, facilitators, cooks, childcare workers, etc.
Continually assess and meet needs of support group leaders and facilitators.
Share support group map and metrics with anchor institutions and front-line workers; School Districts, Children's Services, Courts, Police, ADAMHS Board, Hospitals, Community Mental Health Agencies, etc.
In the United States, starting in the 1980's, we have had a sharp decline in "social capital". We lack bonding-capital (with those who are similar to us and bridging-capital (with those unlike us). We must restore the communal social fabric. We need spaces where we can foster both, thus the need for massive city-wide ecosystem of support groups.