Mission Friends The Meaning of Membership
SESSION THREE <ul><li>The Mission  of  </li></ul><ul><li>Our Church </li></ul>
OBJECTIVES FOR THIS SESSION  <ul><li>Acquaint the group with our church: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>History </li></ul></ul>...
<ul><li>Discussion Starter </li></ul>Option 1:  Have you ever taken a behind the scenes tour of something that has always ...
<ul><li>Discussion Starter </li></ul>Option 2:  Have you ever learned the inside scoop on a business or organization? Perh...
<ul><li>Biblical Images for </li></ul><ul><li>The Local Church </li></ul>
DISCUSSION QUESTION <ul><li>What are some images that come to mind when you think about the local church? </li></ul>
LOOKING AT SCRIPTURE <ul><li>The church as... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Family  (Galatians 3:26, 4:6-7, Romans 8:29, Hebrews 2...
LOOKING AT SCRIPTURE <ul><li>The church as... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Priesthood of all believers  (1 Peter 2:4-9) </li></ul...
LOOKING AT SCRIPTURE <ul><li>A local church is to be: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A place of loving devotion to God  </li></ul><...
REFLECTION <ul><li>How do you see these elements being lived out in this church? </li></ul>
DISCUSSION QUESTION <ul><li>What attracted you initially to our church and what has encouraged you to stay here? </li></ul>
<ul><li>Who We Are: </li></ul><ul><li>History and Structure  </li></ul><ul><li>of Our Church </li></ul>
OUR HISTORY <ul><li>[Insert text here] </li></ul>
OUR MISSION AND VALUES <ul><li>[Insert text here] </li></ul>
OUR MISSION AND MINISTRY <ul><li>[Insert text here] </li></ul>
Discussion Question:  What ministries have you been involved with or have touched you or your family?
OUR STAFF/CHURCH LEADERS <ul><li>[Insert text here] </li></ul>
OUR STRUCTURE <ul><li>[Insert text here] </li></ul>
OUR FACILITY <ul><li>[Insert text here] </li></ul>
<ul><li>Where We’re Going: </li></ul><ul><li>Preview of the Future </li></ul>
<ul><li>[Insert text here] </li></ul>
<ul><li>Get Connected:  </li></ul><ul><li>Pathways to  </li></ul><ul><li>Deeper Involvement </li></ul>
<ul><li>[Insert text here] </li></ul>
 
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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.

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 3

  1. 1. Mission Friends The Meaning of Membership
  2. 2. SESSION THREE <ul><li>The Mission of </li></ul><ul><li>Our Church </li></ul>
  3. 3. OBJECTIVES FOR THIS SESSION <ul><li>Acquaint the group with our church: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>History </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Distinctives and theology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Structure and resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Consider deeper involvement in the mission and ministry of our church. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Discussion Starter </li></ul>Option 1: Have you ever taken a behind the scenes tour of something that has always fascinated you? What was it? Perhaps it has been a stadium tour, or a tour of a movie set, or a factory tour, or a tour of a mammoth structure like a dam or skyscraper. What was it like to go behind the scenes?
  5. 5. <ul><li>Discussion Starter </li></ul>Option 2: Have you ever learned the inside scoop on a business or organization? Perhaps it was in training for a new job, or beginning as a volunteer, or perhaps it was through a conversation with a friend or family member. Describe what it was like to learn all about that business or organization.
  6. 6. <ul><li>Biblical Images for </li></ul><ul><li>The Local Church </li></ul>
  7. 7. DISCUSSION QUESTION <ul><li>What are some images that come to mind when you think about the local church? </li></ul>
  8. 8. LOOKING AT SCRIPTURE <ul><li>The church as... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Family (Galatians 3:26, 4:6-7, Romans 8:29, Hebrews 2:10-18) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bride of Christ (Mark 2: 18-20, John 3:29, Romans 7: 1-4, 2 Corinthians 11:2, Ephesians 5:22-33, Revelation 19:7) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Temple (2 Corinthians 5:1, 1 Peter 2:4-8) </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. LOOKING AT SCRIPTURE <ul><li>The church as... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2:4-9) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Flock (Luke 12:32, John 10:1-16, John 10:27-28, Acts 20:28,29, 1 Peter 5:2-4) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Body (Ephesians 4:4-13, Romans 12: 1-31) </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. LOOKING AT SCRIPTURE <ul><li>A local church is to be: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A place of loving devotion to God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A relational place of protection and encouragement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A place for developing our gifts for service to God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A place that pursues God’s priorities in the world </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. REFLECTION <ul><li>How do you see these elements being lived out in this church? </li></ul>
  12. 12. DISCUSSION QUESTION <ul><li>What attracted you initially to our church and what has encouraged you to stay here? </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Who We Are: </li></ul><ul><li>History and Structure </li></ul><ul><li>of Our Church </li></ul>
  14. 14. OUR HISTORY <ul><li>[Insert text here] </li></ul>
  15. 15. OUR MISSION AND VALUES <ul><li>[Insert text here] </li></ul>
  16. 16. OUR MISSION AND MINISTRY <ul><li>[Insert text here] </li></ul>
  17. 17. Discussion Question: What ministries have you been involved with or have touched you or your family?
  18. 18. OUR STAFF/CHURCH LEADERS <ul><li>[Insert text here] </li></ul>
  19. 19. OUR STRUCTURE <ul><li>[Insert text here] </li></ul>
  20. 20. OUR FACILITY <ul><li>[Insert text here] </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Where We’re Going: </li></ul><ul><li>Preview of the Future </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>[Insert text here] </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Get Connected: </li></ul><ul><li>Pathways to </li></ul><ul><li>Deeper Involvement </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>[Insert text here] </li></ul>

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