The third practice of fruitful congregations builds on the first two. Schnase says, “Christ’s gracious invitation through Radical Hospitality embraces us and nudges us to open ourselves to forming relationships, and God’s transforming presence in Passionate Worship opens our hearts to Christ’s pardon, love and grace, creating in us a desire to follow. Growing in Christ requires more than weekly worship though, and it is through Intentional Faith Development that God’s Spirit works in us, perfecting us in the practice of love as we grow in the knowledge and love of God.” (p.77) Intentional Faith Development includes all the times and ways we gather together to consider what it means to be a Christian, and to grow in our knowledge of God, ourselves, and God’s will for our lives and our world. We make it our intention to never stop learning, questioning, searching, and growing in our faith.
We have a new adult class exploring a ProFuture Faith beginning Oct 9 on Wednesday evenings (see the description on the Learning Tab on the menu above, or the Upcoming Events). And if there is interest, I can reprise the class on Sunday mornings later in the year. Offering opportunities for people to explore, learn and grow in their faith is one of my favorite activities as a minister. Come, let us learn together.
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