People who begin to participate in the love of God through All Saints are invited to honor and publicly celebrate that in at least two ways:
- by attending a “New/Renewed Disciple class”
- by affirming faith and being celebrated in worship
Some call this process “becoming a member.” Pastor Clark talks instead about being disciples of Jesus. Whether a person is new to the faith or making a transition, you already belong in God’s family. The moment is really an opportunity to grow faith.
This “class” is not even really a class. It’s a time, usually two hours, to deepen relationship with one another by reflecting together on core questions of the faith.*
- What is the overall mission of a Christian individual from your perspective?
- What do you see as the purpose and contribution of your life?
- What are the core values of your life you hold dearly and deeply, and which are non-negotiable except as you may discern a shift in values that comes from God?
- What is your God-inspired vision for the next season of your life that projects at least seven to nine years into the future?
When it comes to following Jesus and being a disciple, often the questions are more important than the answers.
*These questions are borrowed from George Bullard and his e-book, How to Never Experience Unhealthy Conflict in Your Congregation Again: Part Two.