Grow a deeper connection with God
Modern times have shown us just how innovative people can be. These times have also shown us that with the new, much of the old remains — and always will.
In life … everything is not always fine. Amazing things do happen. The unexpected can derail anyone.
But life without meaningful connections makes everything harder, amazing less satisfying, and the unexpected devastating.
Studies show that people are much healthier mentally, physically and spiritually when they are encircled by others in meaningful ways.
characteristics we possess, or what accomplishments we amass, without solid emotional connectedness, without bonding to God and other humans, we … will suffer sickness of the
soul” — Dr. Henry Cloud, Changes That Heal.
What does it mean to Encircle?
In practical terms, it means being connected to a small group with your people: others with whom you share common experiences, similar backgrounds, interests and values. Things in common contribute to shaping a small group culture that is a fit for you and your people. Culture is key in forming rich and meaningful relationships that thrive.
What would it look for you to connect to a small group with your people?
Spoiler alert: It’s less about joining a group, and more about finding your people.
Engagement with what God is doing in our daily lives results in spiritual growth. Through reflection, questioning, and discussion, we become more attuned to the ways He speaks to us.
Sometimes we need help to uncover the ways God is at work in our lives; the things He is calling out of us, and the things He reveals about who he is and who we are in Him.
What does it mean to Engage?
This coming year we'll see podcasts designed to help with reflection around spiritual matters.
They’ll also be key events with pieces designed to help our volunteers understand serving God. He might have more to say to them than they realize!
We will see a continued presence with our online congregants, which will help them to remain connected and engaged while not able to be physically present.
Why Encounter the Father?
Until a person has a personal encounter with Jesus Christ, the rest is only theory.
Once that initial encounter has occurred, the Christian life is one of many subsequent encounters with Him.
How do we Encounter the Father?
The way we see it, the Encounter ministry is simply setting the table for meeting with and hearing from God. We do this through weekly blogs and monthly podcasts to encourage and challenge our faith; practical teaching on ways to listen for and recognize the Holy Spirit’s voice; and community times of prayer, praise and retreat.