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 both to their own growth in Christ and to helping others grow.
Mountain Pathways will help guide participants to identify where they might next grow in their spiritual journey, through personal reflection, small group conversation, and mentoring relationships. The Mountain Pathways Guidebook and small group experiences ("Expeditions") are designed to help participants reflect critically on their spiritual life, and discern for themselves where and how 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.
Participants will find that we have used the metaphor of mountain paths – Trailheads, Pathways, Treks, Summits – to organize ideas for spiritual growth in a progressive manner.
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 is intended to guide participants in their spiritual growth, as together we help one another grow as deeply committed followers of Jesus Christ.
While growth as a deeply committed follower of Jesus Christ is a life-long process, there are characteristics of what it means to be mature in Christ that we aim toward. These are described 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.