Life Stories

Open & Honest: Thoughts from a Men’s Small Group

Men meeting with other men for barbeque, football, and hunting? That’s typical. But men trusting each other with their struggles and building deep friendships based on transparency and the Bible? That’s special.

It doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does, men are empowered to become better leaders, fathers, and husbands. This is exactly what’s happening in Joe and Nando’s Small Group. They’ve been through three Milestone Small Group programs together and are still building relationships to last.

Today, we want to share with you a thought from each member of the group to encourage you on whatever road you find yourself on.


“I’m not alone. I don’t feel I feel separated or like an outcast anymore. I know these guys will be able to help guide me during my hard times because they have walked with God through their own challenges. This group gives me hope to keep moving – a hope to keep fighting; to keep going forward.”


“I’ve struggled with my own identity, both spiritually and in my marriage, but really, in all my relationships. I think I’m starting to realize who I was made to be and how to have healthy relationships with others.”


“When the group started, I was struggling with being lied to and betrayed; I was on the edge of just shutting everybody out in order to protect myself from what seemed like inevitable pain. Instead, I decided to do the opposite and throw myself into this process.  Though these guys struggle with other things, they are honest, willing to let their guards down, and they obviously love Jesus.  It reminded me that there are people that I could trust.”


“Everything was so open, honest, and raw. It’s encouraging to see a group of guys from all different backgrounds and walks of life dealing with the same challenges that I am. This group is exactly what I needed.”


“These guys embraced me and were there right next to me during a tough time; I was no longer alone. They were not only physically there throughout the week encouraging me, but I knew they were praying for me. This group of guys has changed my life!


“We have amazing camaraderie. We built enough trust to open up and be very candid about life struggles and transitions in a non-judgmental, supportive environment early on. Now I have a group of men to do life with.”

What God is doing in their lives through the relationships they’ve built is incredible. These men are growing into leaders in every area of their lives, and a number of them are going on to lead other groups in the spring. This is the hope we have for everyone, that you would develop relationships like this – relationships in spiritual family.

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  • Lorraine Thomas
    November 20, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Men LOVE Jesus!!
    Great story, Milestone!!

  • Morgan Martinez Ramos
    November 21, 2019 at 6:56 am

    I’ll forever be thankful for what this group has done for my husband. Thank you guys for pouring into him, which has ignited a change in him that I’ve never seen before. Small groups are so powerful and Milestone church has reached us, continued to build us up through small groups, and has changed our lives indefinitely.

  • Ps. Pulley
    November 21, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Wow! These men are at a different level all because they said YES to Jesus working in their lives. He brought such growth and spiritual family. I’m so thankful and grateful for our small group environment at Milestone and how God uses Restore and Freedom and all the leaders connected there! The next chapter for you guys …Can’t wait!

  • Fernando Ospina
    November 21, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    AWESOME !! Simply doing His calling.

  • Nathan
    November 21, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    This is what it’s all about!

  • Mike Banas
    December 5, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Love this! I know Joe and I know Nando. I never knew Joe and Nando make such a formidable team! Love this and the fruit is undeniable!