About our private online group
Fruitful Today’s private online group is called the 15:5 Tribe. It’s a place where you can connect with other Christians who live with ongoing grief, illness (including mental health struggles) and/or disability.
It’s a closed Facebook group, which means that your Facebook friends can’t see your activity within the Tribe unless they’re also members of the group. (Learn more about the privacy settings for Facebook groups here.)
Why is the group called 15:5 Tribe?
Our identity is rooted in Jesus, hence the John 15:5 verse. God accepts us despite our weaknesses — that’s the good news we’re all building our lives on.
And it’s only with his help that we can grow and change. The full verse says:
Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. – John 15:5
How can the 15:5 Tribe support you?
This group is here to fill you up spiritually and emotionally, so that you’ll have the ability to endure whatever hardships you’re facing and learn to live a fruitful life — of kindness, gentleness and joy — despite your ongoing struggles.
Who is in the 15:5 Tribe Facebook group?
You are welcome in the 15:5 Tribe if you live with, or care for those who live with, these types of challenges:
- Chronic illness and disability
- Grief and bereavement
- Mental illness, e.g. depression, PTSD, anxiety, PBD
- Family relationship breakdown
We all seek to encourage each other and help each other to grow spiritually despite the challenges we face.
To ensure that the Tribe is an uplifting and safe place to belong, all interactions are moderated by the group’s admin who ensure that the Tribe’s guidelines are always respected.
How is the 15:5 Tribe Facebook group structured?
Each week the following regular threads are posted by the admin team.
1. Bible-based discussions and coping strategies
Kristy initiates discussions based on Bible verses or topics relating to grief/suffering and the Christian life. Occasionally, she runs a study series based on a Resource Bundle or blog post.
On the schedule for 2019 are the following topics, listed in the order:
- Bible-based discussions about hope (July)
- Bible-based discussions about suffering
- Making and keeping (face-to-face) friends when you lack confidence and energy
- Dealing with boredom and isolation
- Bible-based discussions about the Fruit of the Spirit
- Connecting with your local church
- Getting your internet and social media use under control
2. Fireside Chat
Jo posts random discussion topics that help us get to know each other. In Jo’s own words, it’s a way of “discovering common interests, developing a more authentic connection and fostering mutual empathy. We also hope you’ll have some fun in the process.” I personally find the Fireside Chat discussions encouraging and lots of fun!
3. Prayer Vine
Kathleen heads up our regular prayer thread. This is a place where you can write your prayer requests and praise points. A number of our regular contributors are wonderfully faithful in praying for fellow members, which always makes my heart glad (I couldn’t do it alone!). Thank you, Kathleen, Kathy, Stacey and Alyssa!
4. Your posts
You can also share posts and links with the group. Members of the admin team will approve all posts that fit within the group’s guidelines.
Join the 15:5 Tribe online support group
If you’d like to join, you will need to answer three welcome questions to help us get to know you, then your membership request will be reviewed by the admin team. You can expect to hear back within 24-48 hours.
Only the three admin team members and I will see your responses, and once we’ve approved your request the responses will not be kept on file.
We look forward to meeting you!