Following and Growing after Christ's example...
The people of Trinity Heights UMC have long sought to follow the Great Commandment (Matt. 22:36-40) and Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20) of Christ. It is our goal to grow in our love for God and others through our faith in Jesus Christ, and to help others to come to know God’s love themselves and grow as followers of Christ, too!
To that end, we have developed the metaphor, and are working on a discipleship experience, called “Mountain Pathways” to help guide us as we help one another grow as deeply committed followers of Jesus Christ.
Mountain Pathways: A Guided Path to Spiritual Growth
The Mountain Pathways discipleship initiative will be led and coordinated by our church’s pastor(s) and congregational leaders committed to their own growth in Christ and helping others experience the same. (If you are interested in learning more about leadership, click here.)
As it is developed Mountain Pathways will help guide participants through ministry programs, events, studies, and small groups designed and intentionally organized to help people grow in their connection to God and others. Many of the ministries integrated have been utilized both at Trinity Heights and in other congregations, making a difference in people’s lives. What will make Mountain Pathways unique among other efforts of "discipleship plans" is the balance of self-reflection and guidance of mentors it brings to each individual's journey in Christ.
As you’ll see, we’ve used the metaphor of mountain paths – in no small part because that is where, by the grace of God, our church has been founded! – to organize them in a progressive manner.
It's about the Journey, not the Destination
Ultimately, growing as a deeply committed follower of Jesus Christ – growing as a disciple of Jesus – is a life-long process. But there are characteristics of what it means to be growing in maturity in Christ that we aim toward. These are included in Scripture as well as John Wesley’s well-written “The Marks of a Methodist,” and in all cases indicate a life transformed by the presence and love of God. The definition of a "deeply committed follower of Jesus Christ, courageously working to change our world" is the starting point and foundation of the Mountain Pathways experience.
Mountain Pathways will debut as a short-term, small group experience later this Fall. Watch for more details!