Who Are We?
Side By Side Knoxville is a group of women who have lived all over the country and the world who are here in Knoxville, both short and long term, with a desire to grow in their walk with the Lord while supporting one another as medical spouses. Being married to a physician or dentist brings with it a unique set of circumstances. We are here to pray, love and encourage one another through whatever those circumstances might be, while spurring one another on in our personal relationships with Jesus Christ.
Where and when do we meet?
As of January 2016 we will be meeting the 2nd, 4th, & 5th (when applicable) Monday mornings from 9:30am - 11:30am and Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church. See "Our Covid-19 Response" tab for more 2020 details.
If you are interested in joining us, please contact us at SideBySideKnoxville@gmail.com for more information.
What are our goals?
1. To reach out to and connect with the spouses of physicians and dentists in our community in the name of Christ.
2. To challenge women to study and apply the Bible to their lives daily.
3. To be a place of prayer and support.
4. To build Christian community through fellowship..
5. To support and encourage strong women.
6. To provide a safe atmosphere for children where Biblical principals are modeled and taught.
What do we believe?
We believe in one God who exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. We believe Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead. Through His sacrifice, we can have eternal life and a personal relationship with God.
Why minister to medical and dental spouses?
Many people would hardly consider doctor/dental spouses to be in need of an outreach ministry, but it's actually quite the contrary. A false perception exists that if you are married to a physician, you must surely have the "perfect life." But life as a medical spouse can be difficult and many are just barely hanging on. They've been uprooted from their families, moved away from home, and often feel like a single parent or a single person while their spouse is in school and building his or her career. And because of that, many struggle with resentment, exhaustion, loneliness and isolation.
That is where SBS steps in. We believe there is something unique about the support other medical spouses can offer each other. And though many of our members would never come to a "Bible study," they'll come to a place where people understand what they are going through, where they find friends and surrogate family members, where they find help and companionship. Our number one goal at SBS is to help meet the physical and emotional needs of these spouses so that we may minister to them spiritually as well. And how do we do that? We tell them about the personal relationship they can have with Jesus Christ and demonstrate His love for them through our love for them. Ultimately, we can only do so much to meet the needs of one another, but our goal is to point our women to the Lord Jesus Christ, the One who can meet all their needs.
There is a huge social element involved in SBS. We place a high value on cultivating and developing relationships with one another and to do that, we spend a good deal of time together outside of our regular meetings. Some activities include our kids; others are just for the grown-ups! But the underlying goal of them all is to reach out, make friends, and encourage, love, and support one another. Besides, we want to have fun while we do it!
Many of our members have moved into a new community, away from their families. This can be quite challenging at times. When you don’t have a mom to call at the last minute to watch your kids or you need someone to pick you up because you had a flat tire (and your husband cannot leave class or work), you have to have a community of support. And SBS tries to be that community by taking care of each other in ways that a family would, whether it’s by cooking meals or providing childcare. We strive to help meet whatever needs we can.
However, despite all the fun we have and the help we give, the most important aspect of SBS is indeed the Bible study. Getting our members into the Word and showing them how it is applicable and relevant to their daily lives - that’s what it is all about. We want to share the good news of the Gospel and lead all of our members into a deeper relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.