It's not enough for us to share WHAT we're doing as a church - we have to share HOW we're going to accomplish our vision as well. Reaching, building, equipping, multiplying, and sending will be accomplished through a four-tiered ministry plan:
WORSHIP SUNDAY EVENINGS
Our Sunday Evening Worship Service is a starting point for our WHAT. Here we come together to worship the Lord, be challenged by a message from God's Written Word, and then we have a discussion time following the message. This discussion time is designed to answer questions, allow everyone to share perspectives and opinions, and share their own illustrations.
It's important for us to worship together as a family - and to have families in our church worship together. We want to see families worshiping and growing together, engaging in spiritual conversations together. So, we offer a nursery for young children on Sunday mornings, but invite older children to engage in worship, listen to the message, and be part of the discussions - right along with other family members.
Our Life Groups are a chance to deepen our relationships with God and with each other. This time is focused on fellowship, prayer, study, and a focus on inviting others to be part of our community.
When we look at how Jesus taught His disciples we see that He spent more time with His core group than He did with the crowd. When the Holy Spirit descended on this core group they leveraged Christ's teachings, followed His Commission, and changed the world. When we engage in one-on-one discipleship we engage in the best learning environment possible. Here the topic of learning can be tailored specifically for the spiritual maturity and interests of each student. Rather than wait for the pastor to cover a topic in his sermon series, or a small group leader to begin a study, mature disciples of Christ can meet with others to engage in deeper study, prayer, discussion, encouragement, and missional living projects.
Most churches are starving for more leaders. The best way to provide leaders for current and future ministries is to intentionally develop leadership. We've developed a 3-year leadership development program. The first year meets on Sunday nights as a small group option. During this first year you'll learn how to thoroughly understand the WHAT and HOW of our church, including how to meet with others one-on-one to become more mature in your faith and help others become more mature in theirs.