Those who participate in a Via de Cristo retreat weekend are encouraged to continue growing in faith by forming “reunion groups.” You may be more familiar with the term “accountability” group. I’ve been a member of small groups like this on and off for over 25 years.
The group I am in right now meets once a month, at our church. We begin with prayer. Each member takes a turn talking about how they are doing in the areas of piety (prayer, worship, confession and other spiritual disciplines), study and action … in other words, how are things between me and God? Practical suggestions and help are sometimes offered by members of the group, but the intent is not to solve problems. Instead it is a safe place to share burdens, request prayer support and be held accountable. We each leave the session with a plan to help us persevere and deepen our faith until we next meet.
Over the years, groups change or end, but the friendships made there last forever. My reunion group sisters have encouraged me and given me the confidence to do things I would never have attempted on my own (for example, this blog). They have been the voice of Christ to me many, many times.
If you’re not in such a group, start one! It’s really not rocket science. Just find a couple of Christian friends who truly want to grow in their faith and knowledge of God; commit to meeting on a regular basis; share with one another; pray together– then sit back and see what God can do! You won’t be disappointed.