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The purpose of this learning design is to orient new and/or potential church members to what it means to become a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church. ...

The purpose of this learning design is to orient new and/or potential church members to what it means to become a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

Copyright © 2009 The Evangelical Covenant Church®. This resource was developed in cooperation with the Department of Christian Formation. Permission to reproduce (with credits) granted to all Covenant churches.

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Mission Friends  - Session 1 Mission Friends - Session 1 Presentation Transcript

  • Mission Friends The Meaning of Membership
  • SESSION ONE
    • The Mission of God
    • Take an in-depth look at our congregation
    • Underscore our commitments to God’s mission in the world
    • Introduce our denominational family
    • Build and deepen friendships
    • Explore what it means to be a member
    • Outline the process for joining our church
    PURPOSE OF THIS GATHERING
    • Four topics:
      • The Mission of God
      • The Mission of the Evangelical Covenant Church
      • The Mission of Our Church
      • The Mission of a Member
    • Four one-hour sessions
    FORMAT FOR THIS GATHERING
  • OBJECTIVES FOR THIS SESSION
    • Provide an overview of the work of God in the world
    • Allow for personal expressions of worship to God
    • Introduce, build, and deepen relationships
    • Acquaint people with the mission of God for each person and for the church
    • Begin the process of discovering membership at our church
    • Why “Mission Friends?”
    The term “Mission Friends” was an early nickname given to Covenant people. Covenanters have from the beginning sought to build a culture of friendship in Christ, pursuing the mission of God together.
    • One-on-One Introductions
    • How did you start attending our church?
    • What is one question you would like to see answered during our time together?
    • The Mission of God:
    • God’s Mission to You
    • GODISNOWHERE
  • THE WAYS GOD IS WITH US
    • Students of the Bible speak of three ways that God is with us:
      • Creator
      • Redeemer
      • Sustainer
    • God as…Creator: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:13,14
    • God as…Redeemer: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
    • “ In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace.” Ephesians 1:7
    • God as…Sustainer: “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
  • REFLECTION
    • Consider the three ways that Biblical scholars describe God (Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer) and the corresponding Scripture. To which of the three dimensions do you most relate?
    • How have you experienced God as Creator?
    • Is there someone you can think of who has made God’s redeeming love especially real for you?
    • How do you experience God’s sustaining presence in your life today?
    • The Mission of God:
    • God’s Mission through You
  • GOD IS A…
    • The Bible tells us that God is love. Because God is love, God is also:
      • A Seeking God
      • A Reconciling God
      • A Healing God
  • REFLECTION
    • What do I see as my role in working out God’s mission in the world?
  • The X-Factor God’s mission to you ^
  • The X-Factor ^ God’s mission through you
  • The X-Factor ^ God’s mission through you God’s mission to you ^
    • Timeline
    • Note the following on your timeline:
    • Significant events that have shaped your view of God (good or bad).
    • God’s mission to you: time when you first remember being aware of God; time(s) when you have been keenly aware of God’s presence.
    • God’s mission through you: time(s) when you have cared for others, reached out to the hurting, acted on injustice, shared the good news of Jesus with others.
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