If you're reading this, hopefully you've already checked out the video. If you haven't seen it yet, go ahead a click play, you are sure to have some laughs and probably some second thoughts about what we're learning in seminary.
Really though, one of the key things that we've learned is the impact a shared experience has on a group. Having that common ground to learn about each other and to draw from creates a bond within the group, a bond that is lasting. As a group we have decided to be intentional about these shared experiences. In fact, we've decided to take it to another level and make it, well, an ordeal. Our goal and plan is to have at least one intentional shared ordeal per semester.
This semester is what you saw there in the video. Our wives took us out to a location in Jessamine County unknown to us, and we had to find our way back to Wilmore. Last semester we had a little overnight outing. If you want to know more about that, just ask one of us about the "Pioneer Playhouse." From these two "ordeals" (and they were ordeals) we have memories to laugh about and draw from in discussion.
While some may see these experiences as more of a "shared agony", we have grown together and are becoming more prepared for the real life, unintentional ordeals. If you would like to know more about shared ordeals, or your small group is interested in doing one, feel free to email us for some ideas or to share your stories.