Getting Started with Courageous Girls
The hardest part of starting anything is starting. So congratulations! You have stepped over the line; something is drawing you to begin a Courageous Girls group for your daughter. You are worth it. She is worth it. We have provided you with everything you will need along the way. The only thing missing is your unique fingerprint, along with other mamas and daughters. As you sink into trusting God each step of the way, believe that He is with you, going before you and empowering you to be a catalyst for transforming relationships.
If you are an “ask questions first” kind of a person, there is a Q&A section for you to browse and familiarize yourself with. Every group of sheep needs a person to shepherd it, keeping the sheep from wandering aimlessly. Leadership is necessary. Great leadership is even more essential. God will use your obedient “yes” to grow you, your own faith and your relationship with your daughter as she watches you step out to start this group with her in mind! We are right beside you as your coaches. You’ve got this.
Where do I Start?
God is already working on you if you’re reading this page! Figure out your ‘WHY’ for wanting to form and lead a CG group — it will serve as your motivation and guide you throughout the years. Then, look through all the resources here on the CG site and familiarize yourself with the resources, curriculum format, connection opportunities, etc. Grab a copy of the book Incourage: Raising Daughters Rooted in Grace (linked below), and equip yourself. One step at a time, mama.
Figuring out a few details will help your group run smoothly & stay connected. Start by answering these questions:
- What day of the week and time works best for monthly meetings?
- Where will you most likely meet? A home? A public venue?
- What resources will families be able and willing to provide? What will you need to provide for the group?
- What will help your group feel welcomed, connected, safe and supported?
- List any expectations you have.
Go in Twos
Jesus strategically sent out disciples two-by-two in the early days of the church. There
The CG Curriculum is organized over 6 years; each year divided into 8 monthly lessons. Lesson pages include 4 links:
- ‘Lesson Outline’ for that month’s discussion leader
- ‘Email Overview’ of the upcoming lesson with prompts and questions to get everyone thinking before the meeting
- ‘Lesson Printables’ with files that will help you execute the lesson
- ‘Prayer for Moms’ that spiritually supports moms through each month’s topic
Journals are highly encouraged tools. The practice of journaling heals the brain, creating clarity in thought and mind. It can be a powerful way to pray and connect with God, as well as one another. Other benefits include raising emotional intelligence (EQ), boosting immune systems, lowering stress/anxiety, improving creativity, communication skills, and even self-discipline. Foremost, journals help moms and daughters write words that can be hard to say out loud as trust and safety develop.
Memory verses guide each lesson and help us develop Biblical confidence. The easiest way to keep track of verses is to keep a stack of notecards attached with a silver metal ring. At each monthly gathering, have girls add new verses to the stack so that they can reference them throughout the month. Lesson Outlines encourage review of previous verses as well. We strongly believe that repetition=retention, and we hope these truths settle deep into the hearts of girls & mamas, alike.
Retreats are fun but also important opportunities for groups to build trust & intimacy, and to go deeper into the content of that year’s primary focus. ‘Yearly Curriculum Overview’ pages have links to the ‘Annual Retreat’ that gives suggestions for where to host retreats and how to organize the time spent together. Typically 1-3 days in length, this extended time period will look different for every group but is always a powerful way to engage your group and bond.
As the group leader, it is important for you to have a handle on what your CG year will look like BEFORE you present it to potential group members. Pray first – what is God’s vision and plan for this group? Then, take some time to map out your year – When are you going to meet each month? When do you envision your group retreating together? What possible ‘connection’ opportunities exist for your group (serving together, worshiping together, daddy/daughter dates, etc.). Are you all in yet?