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Running Buddies 

As we run the race, it’s important to have other runners alongside us! Running Buddies are partners of 2, 3 or 4 people who run (spiritually) alongside each other and provide regular encouragement, challenge and accountability. You might like to use this guide as you prepare for your First Running Buddy Meet-Up.

Key principles

  1. Intentional They have a clear purpose and aim (Phil 3:12-14)
  2. Accountable They are relationships built on openness and honesty in an intimate setting (Heb. 12:1).
  3. Places to be Challenged Alongside sharing openly there has to be an element of challenging each other to towards holy living (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)
  4. Places of Encouragement They are a place where people are encouraged to live out the Great Command and the Great Commission. (Heb. 10:24)

Guidance for getting started

  • Join a Life Group. LGs help provide a community of a dozen believers who meet regularly to build friendships, grow faith & partner in expressing God’s love to others.
  • It's organic. The church does not match people up. It’s about you asking who God has provided you with to run the race.
  • Be intentional. It’s important you have a goal. That you ask each other “How do we want to grow in our relationship with God as we meet together?”
  • Have structure. Good discipleship often happens whilst going through a Christian book or a book of the Bible. Take a look at some of the helpful resources below.
  • They can be seasonal. They don’t have to be a lifelong commitment. Who you run with may change over time. 

Recommended resources

  • Don Carson Basics for Believers
  • John Stott & Tim Chester The Disciple: A Calling to be Christ Like
  • Kevin DeYoung Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will
  • James K.A Smith You are what you love
  • John Ortberg Soul Keeping
  • Eugenie Peterson Psalms (Life Builder Study Guide) Prayers of the Heart
  • Tim Keller Every Good Endeavour - here is the study guide
  • John Mark Comer The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry
  • Tim Chester Experiencing God [Good book guide]
  • Dan Strange Plugged In
  • Pete Greig How to Pray
  • Vaugh Roberts True Friendship
  • Jen Wilkin In His image
  • Max Lucado Anxious for Nothing study guide
  • Mark Comer & Jefferson Bethke Fight Hustle, End Hurry podcast
  • Study guides for each book of the Bible. Available from, eg. David: God's True King 
  • Sharon James God's Design for Women A six session DVD based course, available from Clear Cut Media
  • Amena Brown, Elisa Morgan, Jeanne Stevens, Jonalyn Grace Filcher, Lysa Ter Keurse and Naomi Zacharias Twelve Women of the Bible Study Guide with DVD
  • Beth Moore A Woman’s Heart 


Emily Dixon, 05/03/2021
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