From Church-Goer to Church-Grower
From Church Goer to Church Grower
The leaves have started to change. The nights have become cooler. And you get to do that great Michigan thing of running the heat on your way to work and the AC on your way home. The kids have been in school for a while now, and many of them are playing sports. This means that we are all busy. Busy with work or retirement. Busy with kids or grandkids. Busy with our responsibilities of life.
Fall to me means moving away from the laissez-faire attitude of the summer into the routine-driven life of autumn. It also means it is harvest time for our farmers, and for many people, it means getting back into a classroom. Well, I want us thinking about classes and harvesting.
I will be running a Sunday School class called, From Church Goer to Church Grower for six weeks. In our sessions, we will explore who we are in Christ Jesus, how we see ourselves in the church's work, share our faith, and invite people to church in our current culture.
We have heard about the “nones” those who don’t affiliate with any religious group. Interestingly, though, people are looking for ways of exploring their spirituality and faith. They haven’t given up on their spirituality. They want places and people who will allow them to bring all their questions, doubts, and concerns with them. They want to have authentic conversations about what it means to follow this ancient man from Palestine. Many people are searching for meaning, hope, and joy in their lives, and we can be one of those places to find it.
In Matthew’s Gospel, it says, “And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’”
This story reminds us that we are called to invite people to an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. And to do that well, we often need to spend some time preparing to go into the harvest field. This course will give you the tools to share your faith with others. Join me starting, October 17 directly following the service in the choir room. I hope you take a bit of time in your busy schedule to join me for this course.