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?
John 15:5 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit.”
Part of remaining in the Vine is remaining in community with other Christians. Sadly, this is not always easy to do when you are struggling with grief, illness or disability.
The 15:5 Tribe will empower you to ride the emotional roller-coaster of church life with less confusion and more resilience, by connecting you with other Christians who “get” what you’re going through.
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?
Alyssa and Kathleen now run the 15:5 Tribe Facebook group. I handed over the reins to these two wonderful ladies in 2019 and they have been faithfully caring for the members since then.
1. Conversation Corner
Alyssa posts random discussion topics that help us get to know each other. The Conversation Corner discussions are encouraging and lots of fun!
2. 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. Thank you Kathleen, Alyssa and Elizabeth!
3. 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!