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Aledo, IL 61231
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The purpose of the church is to connect people to Jesus Christ. Through that mission God knits people into community and draws them into relationship with Him. This new series is designed to help us look at who are as a congregation…and who we could be!
The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, based on the book by Bishop Robert Schnase, offers 5 practices that are universal to growing, thriving, healthy congregations- Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-Taking Mission/Service and Extravagant Generosity. These PRACTICES are not phases that, once done, allow us to just move on to something else. Instead, they are practices that we have to learn from and improve upon constantly. They are so critical to the mission of the church that failure to perform them leads to congregational decline and deterioration.
The adjective that is attached to the title of each week is key to understanding what makes a fruitful congregation. The goal of this series is to stretch us and cause us to ask, “How are we doing…and how could we do better?” The weeks of the series look like this:
August 4th, 2019- Radical Hospitality (John 13:1-17) Choose to serve and be hospitable. (Leviticus 19:34-35, Hebrews 13:1-2)
Sunday, August 11th- Passionate Worship (John 4:21-24) We should WANT to worship because we are God’s beloved. (Psalm 95:6, John 4:24)
Sunday, August 18th- Intentional Faith Development (1Corinthians 9:19-24) Health, vibrant growing churches are intentional about their faith development. (Proverbs 3:5-6, Hebrews 11:6)
Sunday, August 25rd- Risk-Taking Mission and Service (Matthew 25:14-30) What Are You Willing to Risk? (Isaiah 58:10, 1Peter 4:10)
Sunday, September 1st- Extravagant Generosity (2 Corinthians 9:6-15) Many spend most of their lives losing their health to try and gain wealth, only to then spend the end of their lives losing their wealth trying to gain their health. (Proverbs 11:24-25, Luke 6:38)
Come each week expecting God to move in powerful ways!