Our ApproachThere’s more to life as a Christ-follower than the study of God’s Word. We need connection with God and others. And we are also called to serve God, serve others, and share the gospel as we go through life. Connect, Grow, Serve and Go are core elements that frame a strategy to help Christ-followers experience growth in every area of their walk with Christ in a balanced and integrated way. Below is a little more detail about each of these four areas that we seek to see God develop in every believer.
Connect uplifts the importance of worship, prayer, and fellowship in our everyday lives. Connect means to be in vital relationship with God, other believers, the church, and our family. It reminds us of the priority of building positive, long-lasting relationships with people at work, in the school and community, and at home. As we connect first with God, He makes it possible for us to build meaningful relationships with other believers; they, in turn, help us connect to a church family. These interconnected relationships enable us to welcome people who are not yet part of our church or who are pre-believers.
Grow means knowing and obeying God's Word and understanding how it makes a daily difference in our lives. Gaining knowledge is vital, but we need more than information. True discipleship means discovering something fresh and inspiring in a passage we have read hundreds of time - and acting to apply it.
Serve reminds us of our responsibility to work alongside fellow believers. Our churches are full of ministry and service opportunities - from manning a food pantry to hosting a youth fellowship to teaching Sunday School classes. Every believer working together is required for a local church to function as God intended. God gifts and empowers us to serve and multiplies our efforts in exponential ways.
Go moves us outside the walls of the church and into our community and world. It may mean we drive a nail into a Habitat home, offer a cup of cold water, or tutor a child at an after-school program. It means we develop relationships and discern when it is time to talk about spiritual matters. Going is fed by a desire to experience firsthand God's work in the lives of other, recognizing we are one instrument He is using. Go is different from Serve; Go is outside the church while Serve is inside.
Throughout our website, you will see things labeled with the icons above to help you identify the category that different studies, activities, and ministries fall under.