Circle of Friends


Courtney DeFeo shares an idea on how you can discusses important issues with your pre-teen or teenage children.

Jeff and I worked together at Chick-fil-A until God kept so rudely ripped him away from sobbing friends into ministry at North Point Ministries and he quickly became named the Campus Pastor of Buckhead Church. He was my pastor and my friend. And, still is one of my biggest encouragers. He is now the campus pastor of Gwinnett Church. The dude can preach like none other… well Andy’s alright…:). Many of his messages are the reason I am where I am today.

Wendy… she um, makes Jeff cool (and light up) and fixes everything in their home. She is the FUNNIEST human I know. Really, like makes you laugh out loud within minutes every time. (Oh, Wendy, I’m giggling thinking of our last encounter.) She is REAL as you can get. These two have ZERO egos and humility combusting out of the tops of their heads. They adore Jesus and their precious kids and changing lives around them. They would rather me post this idea and never mention their names. They just have zilcho care in the world to be known. Inspiring. I stalked them when they were in town at the recent Chick-fil-A annual conference (yes, he quit – but he was asked to speak at the event.)

So, I begged them for an “interview” and we informally chatted and giggled. They were gracious as usual, even at midnight. We talked about what’s making a difference in their home and what they would want to share with you.

This was the big thing that came up and they are so sweet to share! I LOVE IT!!! Totally planning to borrow.

Wendy does “CIRCLE OF FRIENDS” with her 12-year-old daughter. It’s a group of girls that meets MONTHLY WITH THEIR MOMS. Essentially like a Bible study or book club, but way cooler. Outside speakers are arranged for each topic (or moms can be presenters). Here are the insanely amazing topics they are covering:
  • Greed/entitlement contrasted with giving/stewardship
  • Purity
  • Conflict/Believing the best in your friends/speaking truth in love
  • Time alone with God (Be still and know that I am God)
  • Encouragement
  • Gossip/godless chatter
  • Your identity in Christ
  • Servant’s heart
  • Modesty/respecting your body/true beauty
  • Healthy habits

Wendy said this is working so well for them to keep dialing in right influences and friends in her lives.

Making sure all the girls are on the same page and having the same discussions.

They have a chance to bring up tough topics together while the moms are present for questions.

And, this year the added benefit of outsides speakers are taking it up a notch.

NOTE: This idea came from rock star North Point employee Lauren Espy – she learned from a family in Dallas.

BOY MOM NOTE: There is a “boy” version of this called Champions Club that Chick-fil-A VP started with his son inspired by author Tim Elmore. 

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