Our first Mountain Pathways small group experiences, which we are calling Expeditions, will launch in February, 2019. Up to 18 people can participate in these first three expeditions! Information and sign ups to come.
Following and Growing after Christ's example...
Following 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, and to help others to come to know God’s love themselves so they can grow in God's love, too!
Mountain Pathways experiences help guide us as we help one another grow as deeply committed followers of Jesus Christ.
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 Character 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 short-term, small group experiences for up to 6 participants in each small group "expedition".
Our first "Expedition" of Mountain Pathways small group experiences will take place in February, 2019.
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.
As it continues to develop, Mountain Pathways will help guide participants to identify where they might next experience growth in their spiritual journey. The Mountain Pathways Guidebook and small group experiences ("Expeditions") are designed to help participants reflect critically on where they currently are spiritually, and discern where they might grow in their connection to God and others. For most participants, Mountain Pathways will take the shape of being involved in a small group for three weeks as the stepping off point to their next personal spiritual pursuit.
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.