We recognize wounds occur in relationships and trust is damaged. For healing to occur something must happen to reverse the damage. The aim of a Journey Group is to rebuild trust in the context of relationships. We believe in a group process that actively builds up one another in love. For this to occur, three things must be experienced: grace, truth and time together.
A Journey Group provides an opportunity for participants (usually 4-7) to share experiences that have been damaging in an environment that is safely guided by two trained facilitators. Biblical core concepts are taught at the beginning of each session, illustrated by the presenters own life experiences. Personal homework and group exercises frame the small group sharing time. Participants learn how to respond to one another in ways that balance grace and truth and lead to emotional and spiritual growth.
Groups may meet weekly for 12 sessions or in a more intensive format that covers more than one session a week. Groups are often under the supervision of local churches, counseling offices, or community organizations that have participated in Open Hearts The Journey training seminar.