Grow

And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7

Where to start? If you have never been to church before or you are new to this Jesus stuff Pastors Dan, Julie, Dave or Nikki will be glad to provide a safe, nonjudgemental place to talk. There are no “dumb” God questions! We are all on a spiritual journey and many of us (including each pastor) have learned life lessons “the hard way.”

The following resources will help you GROW in your relationship with Jesus Christ! Work through the following resources on your own, with a friend, or with your small group. If you would like to work at your own pace, our pastors will be more than happy to meet with you as questions arise. Some of these resources are used in classes offered in the spring and fall.  Most of the resources mentioned below are available on a shelf near the GROW sign in the lobby of the Family Life Center. If you can’t find something, ask Dan and he’ll help you out. Your generous giving allows us to provide these materials for anyone who needs them.

Recommended Reading

Classes

Patterns: Ways to Develop a God-filled Life is a handbook of spiritual development that encourages you to discover the patterns of your own life and how you can nurture God- inspired life patterns that build and strengthen your Christian faith.

Five Practices of Fruitful Living answers the questions: How do I cultivate a life that is purposeful, deep, and fruitful? What are the commitments, critical risks, and personal practices that open me to God’s grace? How can I discover the spiritual life and the difference God intends for me to make in the world?

Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living provides three simple rules that have the power to change the world: Do No Harm, Do Good, and Stay in Love with God. Read this little book and see how the Grace family of faith aspires to share life together.

Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Kenneth L. Carder

The Walk: Steps for New and Renewed Followers of Jesus is a great resource for the beginner. It is a book written to those who have expressed a desire to follow Christ as his disciple. It assumes no prior understanding of what that means, nor does it assume that you have actually come to the point of professing faith. The Walk uses as a starting point someone who is simply wondering “What next?”

 

 

Key United Methodist Beliefs has been described as medicine for the soul! It is an accessible and interactive book that explains the basic elements of the Christian faith and discusses the implications for us. It is helpful for established believers, as well as newcomers into the faith. Pastor Dan facilitates a five week small group twice per year using Key United Methodist Beliefs.

Serving from the Heart: Finding Your Gifts and Talents for Service will guide you in discovering and exploring your spiritual gifts, finding the passion to serve, and connecting with service opportunities. Complete the book, fill out your Ministry Profile, and then consult with Dan, Julie, or Jill Barch. Jill Barch and Julie Evans facilitators.

Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity is an invitation to rediscover the Bible’s wisdom when it comes to prudent financial practices. In these pages are found keys to experiencing contentment, overcoming fear, and discovering joy through simplicity and generosity. This book could change your life by changing your relationship with money.  Susan Huffman facilitates a short-term small group two times per year that uses this resource.

Mentoring

West Ohio Conference Resources

The MENTORING journey can begin as early as fifth grade, but may be entered into anytime in grades 5-12. A core of the process is a three day retreat at one our West Ohio United Methodist camps. This weekend retreat will provide students an opportunity to explore their own faith journey through four topics:

  1. Covenant: Exploring our relationship with God and others
  2. Spiritual Gifts: Exploring God’s call on our lives
  3. Wesleyan Tradition: Discovering a cool Methodist heritage that goes back over 200 years
  4. "I" Believe: Examining the basics of Christian belief and how to construct a personal belief statement

Grace UMC supplements the retreat process by connecting students with adult mentors from our faith community. We believe it is important for our students to have safe long-term relationships with older, wiser and deeply committed Jesus followers.

EQUIP Resource Catalog. Grace United Methodist Church is blessed to be part of a larger network of churches that come together to impact our local community, region, nation and world. Check out events and training that will help you and your family grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ. Be inspired. Be equipped.  Visit the West Ohio Conference web site to download a copy.

The Upper Room magazine’s mission is to provide a model of practical Christianity, accessible in varied formats, to help people feel invited and welcomed into God’s presence to:

  • listen to scripture as God’s personal message, linking their stories to God’s story;
  • commune with God in prayer;
  • see their daily choices and small acts of obedience as part of God’s work;
  • realize our connection through Christ as a universal family of believers;
  • encounter the living Christ and be transformed into Christ’s likeness.

An online version can be found here.

Learn about discipleship, Methodist history, and so much more at the UMC Training site.