It Takes A Tribe


I am in Dallas this week, hanging out with a group of churches at Leadership Network talking about the rapid growth that each church has seen and how it impacts their ministry. One of the comments, after an exercise yesterday, was how it was nice to hear other churches that are going through the same stuff.

When I was a campus pastor at Seacoast Church, my favorite meeting every month was when I got together for the day with a few other campus pastors and just talked about what was going on. It was always extremely freeing to discover that other guys were having the same issues that I was.

C.S.Lewis said that, “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”

Everyone one of us needs a tribe. I need a group of people that are living the same experiences and are not too impressed with me. When you have a tribe, you can be real. You can be vulnerable. You can experience the freedom of saying, “What! You too?”

Who is your tribe?

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About the author

Chris Surratt is a ministry consultant and coach with more than twenty years of experience serving the local church. Chris served on the Executive Teams at Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN., and Seacoast Church in Charleston, S.C., prior to becoming the Discipleship and Small Groups Specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources. He is the author of Small Groups for the Rest of Us and the just released, Leading Small Groups: How to Gather, Launch, Lead, and Multiply Your Small Group.

2 comments on “It Takes A Tribe”

  1. Brent Dumler

    My tribe is a group of pastors around the country I’ve connected with over the years at conferences and other events. I also have a tribe (one that is constantly changing) of individuals who are mentoring/coaching me, both in life and in ministry.

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