The Group Journey delivers sustained faith in your youth.

Help your youth understand their gifts
Develop a vision for your youth's future
Equip youth with their team from the community

As a Youth Pastor, you have a limited capacity to impact your youth because you have a small window and limited resources.

As a Youth Pastor, you have a limited capacity to impact your youth because you have a small window limited resources.

The Group Journey program launches in Early August. Sign up for updates and receive 10% off.

Encircled Group Journey is a 5 session curriculum with a digital experience crafted to encourage faith and giftedness in your youth that lasts a lifetime.

Identify Who I Am

Youth explore their individual and spiritual identity

Discover Your Gifts

Youth encounter and evaluate their giftedness

Create Your Vision

Youth ideate their giftedness vision plan

Encircle Your Life

Youth select their circle — friends, family, mentors

How it works

What's included?

Digital Experience

With more youth connecting via mobile phone or tablet, communities will have the option to allow students to interact with the Group Journey via their phone.

Our Group Journey digital experience will allow students to document their journey and leave with a collection of their take-aways that connects them to their circle of support.

Mark your calendars! Coming up this June 25th, 14 bikers will take on the Lutsen 99er in Lutsen, MN! Cheer us on via the link-in-bio!

Collectively, our bikers will go over 600 miles! They are biking to show support as we work to expand Encircled to new communities including native communities through the lower US and Alaska!

Our first ever #Bike4You fundraiser will help us to meet our goal of encircling 1000 youth over the next year! With your support, we can optimize to connect more youth with their circles than ever before!

Donate via our link-in-bio!
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What if things don’t go to plan?

Encircled encourages youth to spend time creating a vision that can help them live out their giftedness in the world. But a plan is just that— a plan! Sometimes things don’t work out exactly as we had them down on paper.

Our failures can be opportunities to experience God in a bigger and richer way.

#Encircled #ExploreYourGiftedness #YourCircle #BeEncircled #DiscoverYourGiftedness
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A special thank you to our #SKI4YOU sponsors! More race highlights to come.

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It’s not too late to help us reach our fundraising goal! Check out our link in bio!
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One more pre-birkie photo 📸!

Today’s the day! Today our skiers will take on the race they’ve been training so hard for in support of Encircled 💪.

Seeing a community of skiers come together to take on a challenge is a good reminder of the power of community— Encircled believes every youth needs a circle that can come around them and give support.

We are cheering them on from home 👏



We are SO close to reaching our fundraising goal! Help us reach our goal (or go above and beyond) via our link in bio!
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#Ski4You is just days away! If you've been meaning to, now is the time to DONATE via the link in our bio!

Today's spotlight is Upper Room with Joseph Hein and Taylor Doolittle!

Joseph is taking on his first Birkie. He is skiing with Encircled because he is “all about the next gen and making disciples!” His biggest Birkie cheerleader is @Taylor.Doolittle.

Taylor is also taking on his first Birkie but has skied the Korte. He is skiing with Encircled because having a Circle is one of the most important things in life. His fondest memory of Birkie’s years past is “Dan Bathje riding a scooter in Walmart” (Encircled would like to hear more about this too…).

UR Student Ministries hope for their students is two-fold: That students would encounter the love of God and That students would discover what it means to be a follower of Christ. They understand and believe that this happens in the context of community. We are not meant to be on this journey alone. UR Student Ministries is excited to journey with Encircled through our Encircled Group Journey. We both believe that our visions overlap in a way that strengthens both of our communities!



Don't forget to sponsor your skier by February 25th!
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This year for #Ski4You, Encircled is highlighting both its skiers and it’s amazing communities with our spotlights! With 12 skiers taking on the Birkie this year, it's our biggest fundraiser yet!

Today's spotlight is Five Oaks Church with Steve Schwartz and John Eiselt!

Steve, who has skied four Birkies, says his encouragement comes from “the other guys that ski with Encircled! Knowing that they are training helps me to keep working too.” His first Birkie sealed the deal, it “was really glorious. Spending the day skiing through the forest filled him with gratitude.”

John, who has skied one Korte and one Birke, is skiing with us to “to help more students get Encircled by the supportive adults in their lives.” The coolest place he’s skied is “anywhere with this group!” and his biggest cheerleader is his wife, Jill.

Five Oaks Student ministry believes that youth were made by God to be a part of his story. They understand the struggles of middle school and high school which is why they provide a place to help them find and experience God with their friends.Five Oaks has 4 Encircled Coaches that use the Encircled Model as a Milestone experience for their older youth, emphasizing the importance of have a group of 5 or more safe and caring adults to journey with students as they launch into adulthood. Five Oaks will be starting the Encircled Group Journey as a Youth Group this Winter also!

Don't forget to sponsor your skier by February 25th — Link in bio!

#fundraiser #ski4you #birkie #birkie2022 #crosscountryskiing #youthministry #encircled
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What does it mean to have a circle?



One of our skiers, John Eiselt says “to be encouraged, supported, and challenged by people who care.”


Encircled invites youth to create a circle of people who will encourage them in their long-term faith journey. Whether this be family, friends or mentors, these people are there for youth even through tough times. 

This year our skiers are taking on the Birkie to pursue our vision to encircle 1000 youth in the next 2 years. Encircled is creating new ways to reach that goal through our new Group Journey curriculum with a mobile app that helps engage youth, mentors and parents without barriers of culture, distance and finances. 


Help us reach our $25,000 goal this February by sponsoring a skier! Link in bio!
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This year for #Ski4You, Encircled is highlighting both its skiers and it’s amazing communities with our spotlights! With 12 skiers taking on the Birkie this year, it's our biggest fundraiser yet!

Today's spotlight is Pine Ridge Reconciliation Center with Brian Houts and John Colby!

Brian, who has skied 15th Birkies, is skiing with Encircled because he “loves to ski, loves the Birkie, and loves to support a good cause.” His biggest Birkie cheerleaders are his Ski Friends - they've got quite a community that ski together in state and out of state!

John, who has skied 8 Birkies, is skiing with Encircled because we “align with his mission to engage youth in outdoors with endurance fitness and create healthy lifelong lifestyles!”

Pine Ridge Reconciliation Center has a vision to inspire and facilitate growth and well-being in the Lakota children and youth living in Pine Ridge that is rooted in spiritual faith and respect for all beings. The PRRC’s Encircled Coaches are most excited that Encircled helps them create and facilitate Circles of Support that surround their youth and encourage their God-given gifts as they grow into adulthood.


Don't forget to sponsor your skier by February 25th — Link in bio!
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What need do YOU think Encircled meets in the world?

One of our skiers, Taylor Doolittle says “to encourage intentionality in mentoring youth.”

Encircled equips and resources Faith Communities to help their youth live out their giftedness in the world.

This year our skiers are taking on the Birkie to pursue our vision to encircle 1000 youth in the next 2 years. Encircled is creating new ways to reach that goal through our new Group Journey curriculum with a mobile app that helps engage youth, mentors and parents without barriers of culture, distance and finances. 

Help us reach our $25,000 goal this February by sponsoring a skier! Link in bio!
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This year for #Ski4You, Encircled is highlighting both its skiers and it’s amazing communities with our spotlights! With 12 skiers taking on the Birkie this year, it's our biggest fundraiser yet!

Today's spotlight is Destino Covenant with Grant & Paul Deakins!

Grant is taking on his second Birkie this year and is skiing to “raise money and awareness for a rad organization!” His biggest Birkie cheerleader is his dad, Paul.

Paul is taking on his third Birke, as well as previously having skied two Kortes. The coolest place he’s ever skied is the Birkie of course. Although difficult, it makes him want to keep skiing it!

Destino is a bilingual church that cares about the integrity of the immigrant family. Their goal as a church is to help people move from where they are to where God wants them to be. From meaningless lives to lives full of purpose and significance! Destino Churches youth just finished the Encircled Group Journey and appreciated the way it reminded them of their Identity in Christ, while also helping them know they are all uniquely Gifted by God to make an impact on the world. Destino has been helping Encircled translate their resources into spanish so Encircled can impact bilingual communities of faith!



Don't forget to sponsor your skier by February 25th — Link in bio!
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Youth experience the power of Encircled as we journey with them through the ups and downs of their lives. God did not create us to do life by ourselves!

This year our skiers are taking on the largest cross country ski marathon in the US, the American Birkebeiner for YOU!

Whether you are a parent, a youth, or a friend, our skiers are taking on this race to bring together Encircled’s current communities, and look forward into new ones.

With your help, Encircled can optimize to reach over 1000 youth in the next year.

LINK IN BIO!
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This year for #Ski4You, Encircled is highlighting both its skiers and it’s amazing communities with our spotlights! With 12 skiers taking on the Birkie this year, it's our biggest fundraiser yet!

Today's spotlight is Excelsior Covenant with Jadde Rowe and Dan Bathje!

Jadde is ready to take on his first ever Birkie! He is looking forward to skiing with Encircled because he loves the mission. When asked who his biggest Birkie cheerleader was, he told us @taylor.doolittle!

Dan has already taken on 10 Birkies and is a seasoned skier. One of his fondest Birke memories is skiing the 2nd half of a race with his ski being held together by duct tape!

Excelsior Covenant’s Mission is to experience, engage and extend the love of Jesus! This faith community is the first site that helped launch Encircled. They have 3 Encircled Coaches and many Circles of Support have launched their youth into adulthood with faith and Giftedness lived out.



Don't forget to sponsor your skier by February 25th — Link in bio!
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February is just around the corner and so is #Ski4You! Encircled is ready… are you?



In our 13th annual fundraiser, twelve skiers will take on the American Birkebeiner on February 25th. They are skiing to show support for Encircled’s current faith communities, and Encircled’s growth into many more.

#Ski #CrossCountry #Birkie #Birkebeiner #Fundraising #NonProfit #Encircled #YourCircle #giftedness #ExploreYourGiftedness
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