Ministry can be a lonely profession. To help combat this, the conference requires us to meet regularly in peer groups, also known as covenant groups. When you first start out, the conference organizes one for you, it is structured, and your attendance is required until you are ordained. After ordination, while it is still technically required to be a part of one, you are on the hook for creating your own.
I was ordained in June of 2015. Shortly after a friend reached out to create a covenant group for a group of four of us. We have been meeting monthly ever since. We call ourselves "the pack" - because it is dangerous to be a lone wolf in ministry. When we gather we share about our souls, we pray for one another and usually do a book study. Our time together is precious, fulfilling, and renewing.
These girls have walked me through a lot over the last year and a half and will be there for all that is to come. I am so thankful for their kindness, for being a place of non-judgment, and for their wise advice. I hope we keep meeting for, well, ever! Even though one of us has moved three hours away, we've still managed to get together every month either physically or when necessary, over Skype. I trust that no matter where 2017 takes me, these girls will have my back, and for that, I am truly grateful.