1. Small Group Bible Study - “Essential Jesus”
We are currently engaged in the Essential Jesus Challenge and will continue to build on that ministry and its connection to Gloria Dei’s worship life this Fall and Winter.
A culture of small groups of people studying, praying, and sharing life together has begun, but still needs time to be nurtured and embedded at Gloria Dei. This path is still new for us and will continue to be a point of emphasis and invitation.
One question about this path is about the relationship between worship and the strength of the series that have been done. What might happen if a small group series were “unhooked” from worship? Or, what would it be like to have several different series/topics going on simultaneously? Would the interest level continue at similar levels? What would the collective congregation experience be like?
2. Connections: Bible and Daily Life
In worship and other venues, people would give “testimonials” about their understanding of scripture and how that is lived out in their lives.
This allows for an opportunity for people to give witness to God’s presence and activity in their lives; to give insight into their worldview; how God’s word has impacted them. Approaches might be in regard to: service to God, stewardship of life, care for others, faith in the workplace, faith and family.
This may primarily be something done in a worship setting, but it might also be modeled to take place in a team meeting or small group context. Strengthening and developing understanding and thinking about these connections may lead people to being more intentional about sharing faith outside the walls of the church.