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daisy_smallOne of the greatest resources we can offer you is the opportunity to meet with a Discipleship Coach. These are trained Grace Community members who can sit down and help you discern your “spiritual address” and what you might need next on your journey forward as a follower of Jesus Christ. Meeting with a Discipleship Coach is easy and hospitable.  Meetings are usually 30 minutes long and you can connect in person or on the phone. You can meet just once or for a season as you see fit and as you find it helpful. Your coach may direct you to one or more of the resources on this website. There is no cost to you for the coaching – it is part of what we feel is necessary to empower you to grow as a disciple.

If you are interested in connecting with a Discipleship Coach click here (link to themathtutor@att.net  ).

A life of obeying Jesus begins with our acceptance of a relationship with Jesus and commitment to becoming like Jesus. As we move toward maturity we begin to apply the teachings of scripture to our own lives and develop partnerships with others to help them grow as disciples.

Resources to deepen my relationship with Christ and help others do the same…

Books

Perpetua’s Passion
Perpetua’s Passion

Perpetua’s Passion studies the third-century martyrdom of a young woman and places it in the intellectual and social context of her age. Conflicting ideas of religion, family and gender are explored as Salisbury follows Perpetua from her youth in a wealthy Roman household to her imprisonment and death in the arena.

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More Ready than You Realize
More Ready than You Realize

WARNING: This is not just another book on evangelism. Disciple-making as conversation, as friendship, as influence, as invitation, as companionship, as challenge, as opportunity, as conversation, as dance, as something you get to do. You’re more ready for this than you realize, and so are your friends!

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Love Wins
Love Wins

Bell addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith—the afterlife—arguing, would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever?” With searing insight, Bell puts hell on trial, and his message is decidedly hopeful—eternal life doesn’t start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins.

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Blue Like Jazz
Blue Like Jazz

In Donald Miller's early years, he was vaguely familiar with a distant God. But when he came to know Jesus Christ, he pursued the Christian life with great zeal. Within a few years he had a successful ministry that ultimately left him feeling empty, burned out, and, once again, far away from God. In this intimate, soul-searching account, Miller describes his remarkable journey back to a culturally relevant, infinitely loving God.

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The Power of a Whisper

In The Power of a Whisper, vision is cast for what life can look like when God's followers choose to hear from heaven as they navigate life on earth. Whispers that arbitrate key decisions, nudges that rescue from dark nights of the soul, promptings that spur on growth, urgings that come by way of another person, inspiration that opens once-glazed-over eyes to the terrible plight people face in this world---through firsthand accounts spanning fifty-seven years of life, more than thirty of which have been spent in the trenches of ministry, Hybels promotes passion in Christ-followers' hearts for being wide open to hearing from God, and for getting gutsier about doing exactly what he says to do.

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If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat

You're One Step Away from the Adventure of Your Life Deep within you lies the same faith and longing that sent Peter walking across the wind-swept Sea of Galilee toward Jesus. In what ways is the Lord telling you, as he did Peter, 'Come'? John Ortberg invites you to consider the incredible potential that awaits you outside your comfort zone.

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A New Kind of Christian

A New Kind of Christian's conversation between a pastor and his daughter's high school science teacher reveals that wisdom for life's most pressing spiritual questions can come from the most unlikely sources. This stirring fable captures a new spirit of Christianity--where personal, daily interaction with God is more important than institutional church structures, where faith is more about a way of life than a system of belief, where being authentically good is more important than being doctrinally "right," and where one's direction is more important than one's present location.

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Celtic Way of Evangelism

North America is today in the same situation as the environment in which the early Celtic preachers found their mission fields: unfamiliar with the Christian message, yet spiritually seeking and open to a vibrant new faith. If we are to spread the gospel in this culture of secular seekers, we would do well to learn from the Celts. Their ability to work with the beliefs of those they evangelized, to adapt worship and church life to the indigenous patterns they encountered, remains unparalleled in Christian history.

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Deeper Still

For those who grieve.  Small tract that members can pick up from one of the pastors at Grace to share with someone who grieve the loss of a loved one.

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The Wounded Healer

Catholic Priest, Henri Nouwen, instructs disciples on how to identify the suffering in their own hearts and make that recognition the starting point of their service.

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Sharing Your Life Mission Every Day

For group study, discover how to shape your witness based on your life experiences.

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Discovering Grace Orientation Class

If you are considering the possibility of joining Grace Community or just want to know more about the church, you are encouraged to participate in this group experience. You will meet church pastors, staff, lay leadership and other folks exploring the church. Find out about by our worship style, discipleship, spiritual gifts, small groups, what the Methodist church teaches, the story of Grace Community and have the opportunity to explore questions of faith in a supportive and hospitable environment. Discover what is offered for the spiritual growth and encouragement of children, youth, and adults of all ages. Find out how you can participate in opportunities of service that fit your particular gifts and talents. This opportunity is offered periodically throughout the year often on a Sunday afternoon.

Appropriate for these Spiritual Growth Stages:

   E     B

Exploring Beginning

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Beginnings: The Spiritual Life

After being introduced to the teachings of Jesus in Beginnings: An Introduction to the Christian Faith, participants will then ask "What are the spiritual characteristics of someone who follows Christ?" Beginnings: The Spiritual Life helps people answer that question by exploring ten habits of spirituality, as they continue their Christian journey.

Appropriate for these Spiritual Growth Stages:

  G    M

Growing Maturing

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Begin A Quite Time With God

To begin and deepen a relationship with God, you will need to set aside a time to meet with God regularly. For starters, giving at least 10-15 minutes each day to this is helpful. It can be morning or evening – even during a lunch break can work. Find a place where you won’t be distracted. You can use a devotional guide like The Upper Room or a Devotional book like Jesus Calling to give you time with God a focus. The devotionals will usually include a short portion of Scripture, a reflection and a prayer. This will build a rhythm of meeting with and listening to God and you may find that it opens up new opportunities in your day.

You can get copies of the current Upper Room at Grace Community or you can subscribe to the daily devotionals for free using you IOS or Android device (phone or tablet) or as a daily email. Click the link below for the mobile versions of The Upper Room: http://devotional.upperroom.org/emaildevotional

If you are interested in the popular devotional book Jesus Calling simply click the link below to order from Amazon:

Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence

Jesus Calling is a devotional filled with uniquely inspired treasures from heaven for every day of the year. Author and missionary Sarah Young has chosen Scriptures and reflections that have spoken to her. They are written from Jesus' point of view, thus the title Jesus Calling. It is Sarah's fervent prayer that our Savior may bless readers with His presence and His peace in ever deeper measure.

Appropriate for these Spiritual Growth Stages:

   E      B     G

Exploring Beginning Growing

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Celebration of Discipline

In Celebration of Discipline, Foster explores the "classic Disciplines," or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith to show how each of these areas contribute to a balanced spiritual life.

Appropriate for these Spiritual Growth Stages:

   B     G

Beginning Growing

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Exploring The Way

Exploring the Way will help you understand and deepen your experience of God. You'll be able to ask the questions of issues and faith in a safe place. You'll discover (or rediscover) a way of grace, joy, and peace - indeed, the way of Christ himself.
Ideal for the novice and veteran alike, this book defines and explains the most basic concepts and language of the Christian spiritual life: prayer, the Bible's message for our lives today, spiritual gifts, listening, journaling, and much more. It's the ultimate six-week orientation to spirituality and the essential elements of faith. The book can be used individually or as part of a small group experience.
Appropriate for these Spiritual Growth Stages

   E     B

Exploring Beginning

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Companions in Christ

Companions in Christ offers small groups a powerfully transforming experience in opening yourself to God's presence and guidance. Explore classic spiritual practices, and develop new daily patterns that will open your life to a deepening relationship with God and with your group.A Companions group is offered periodically. The workbook can also be used on an individual basis.
Appropriate for these Spiritual Growth Stages:

   B     G

Beginning Growing
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A Disciple’s Path

Combining a Wesleyan understanding of our growth in God’s love and grace with the time-tested practices of spiritual discipline as expressed in the membership vows to uphold the church with our presence, prayers, gifts, service, and witness, participants will discover the difference it makes to live out their commitment to Christ through membership in the United Methodist Church. They will learn that being a disciple means loving God and loving others, and they will be equipped to do that by discovering their unique gifts and becoming engaged in ministry that also brings transformation in their own hearts and lives through the love and grace of Jesus Christ. This class is offered periodically at Grace Community.

Appropriate for these Spiritual Growth Stages:

   E      B     G

Exploring Beginning Growing

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Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts

This Spiritual Gifts Survey is designed to help you explore your Spiritual Gifts, Personality Type, and Personal Calling. The booklet can be used by individuals or it can be the basis for a class or series of classes about Spiritual Gifts. The Scriptures related to Spiritual Gifts are listed along with a list of Ministry Activities and the Spiritual Gifts that apply. Ultimately, this resource is designed to help you make some initial steps towards fulfilling you calling and purpose in Christ’s Body (the Church).
Material Available at Grace
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Appropriate for these Spiritual Growth Stages:

   B     G    M

Beginning Growing Maturing

Network Discovering Gifts Seminar

Discover your spiritual gifts, personal style, and God-given passion for serving in the body of Christ You will discover the spiritual gifts God has given you and will have a better understanding of God's will for your life because of gaining a better understanding of who God created you to be. This is usually offered as a weekend seminar, but can be experienced as a six-week class as well. If you are interested in class opportunity, click on the link below.
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Appropriate for these Spiritual Growth Stages:

   B     G     M

Beginning Growing Maturing

Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition

This workbook describes major features in John Wesley's devotional life, and it illustrates how you can apply his ministry to your own life. Structured around Wesley's ""Means of Grace,"" the seven-week study workbook covers among other topics prayer, scripture, the Lord's Supper, and fasting. Developed for individual or group study, the workbook also offers suggestions for organizing an initial group meeting and developing a successful group study.

Appropriate for these Spiritual Growth Stages:

   B       G

Beginning     Growing

 

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ReConnecting - A Wesleyan Guide for the Renewal of Our Congregation

ReConnecting is a seven-week or seven-session experience designed to get congregational small groups in touch with historical (Wesleyan) roots and contemporary cultural forces, so that an individual can embrace his or her "priesthood." This experience also provides an envelope for a church vision and for strategic planning used throughout a congregation and based in prayer and identity formation. This class is offered periodically at Grace Community.
Appropriate for these Spiritual Growth Stages:

   B     G

Beginning Growing

Material available at Grace.
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The Way of Transforming Discipleship

Join this journey to experience more deeply what it means to live as a follower of Christ. Understand the meaning of spiritual formation and how it leads to a spirituality that's authentic and grace-filled. Reflect on what your faith means in terms of who you are, how you must change, how you deal with pain, and how you relate to others. Be challenged to live the whole gospel by authentically connecting spirituality with discipleship.

Appropriate for these Spiritual Growth Stages:

    B      G

Beginning    Growing

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The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life

The Call continues to stand as a classic, reflective work on life's purpose. Best-selling author Os Guinness goes beyond our surface understanding of God's call and addresses the fact that God has a specific calling for our individual lives.

 

Appropriate for these Spiritual Growth Stages:

   B       G

Beginning     Growing

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Leadership from the Heart - Learning to Lead with Love and Skill

The issues covered throughout the series include servant leadership, spiritual disciplines, maturity, spiritual gifts, calling, God's purpose for your life, transformation of individuals and community, team building, and team leading. This class is offered periodically at Grace Community.

Participants are trained to –

  • Develop their own spiritual practices
  • Care for those they lead
  • Renew the church from within
  • Grow to spiritual maturity

Appropriate for these Spiritual Growth Stages:

  G        M

Growing        Maturing

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Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership explores topics such as

  • responding to the dynamics of calling
  • facing the loneliness of leadership
  • leading from your authentic self
  • cultivating spiritual community
  • reenvisioning the promised land
  • discerning God's will together

Each chapter includes a spiritual practice to ensure your soul gets the nourishment it needs. Forging and maintaining a life-giving connection with God is the best choice you can make for yourself and for those you lead.

Appropriate for these Spiritual Growth Stages:

  G       M

Growing      Maturing

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The Learning Congregation: A New Vision of Leadership

Congregations today face an adaptive challenge of immense proportions. Many respond with classic signs of work avoidance: holding to past assumptions and blaming authority. Thomas Hawkins's new vision of church leadership can provide a way to break through these defensive routines. "The Learning Congregation" is a must read for all pastors and church leaders.

Appropriate for these Spiritual Growth Stages:

   G      M

Growing      Maturing

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Lead or Participate in a Learning Experience or Group that Helps Other to Open to Jesus

As you grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ and find your own path, you will be more equipped to help others on their journey with God. If you feel you are at that place, we would love to meet with you and explore this. You might teach a Disciple Bible Study Class, lead a new small group or learn to become a Discipleship Coach.  Of course, any specific training you may need would be provided and you will have the support you need to carry this out. To arrange to meet simply contact us through the link below.

Appropriate for these Spiritual Growth Stages:

   G      M

Growing      Maturing
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Lead or Participate in a Serving Opportunity or Group that helps you respond to obeying Jesus

As you grow in your relationship with Jesus and desire to follow through on who Jesus is calling you to be, hand’s on serving or leading in a group that serves others will help you go deeper. This might involve connecting with a local mission opportunity (like the New Room or with our ministry partner Common Ground in Cedar Grove), a response to disaster relief, or even participate in an overseas mission trip to our adopted village in Haiti. To find out more about these opportunities, click the link below.

Appropriate for these Spiritual Growth Stages:

   B       G      M

Beginning     Growing   Maturing

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Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts

This Spiritual Gifts Survey is designed to help you explore your Spiritual Gifts, Personality Type, and Personal Calling. The booklet can be used by individuals or it can be the basis for a class or series of classes about Spiritual Gifts. The Scriptures related to Spiritual Gifts are listed along with a list of Ministry Activities and the Spiritual Gifts that apply. Ultimately, this resource is designed to help you make some initial steps towards fulfilling you calling and purpose in Christ’s Body (the Church).

Material Available at Grace

Click here for more information and a contact from Grace

Appropriate for these Spiritual Growth Stages:

   B       G     M

Beginning   Growing    Maturing

 

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