Finding Your Place

Why do people shop around for churches? What are they looking for? How do they know when they have found it? There are many different answers to these questions. When we ask our guests, they are not hesitant to answer. People are looking for a pleasant family environment, lots of friends, sound biblical education, inspiring worship, and the list goes on. But I have come to realize that on a deeper level, their yearnings are more existential. They are looking for an encounter with the holy; they are searching for meaning, and they want to know what their purpose is in life. It is rich and satisfying when we can help people navigate these profound questions because real-life transformation happens. And as the person is transformed, so is the church.

That is why I am so excited to have our new 2020 lay leader, Angela Turnbow, tell me about a program called PLACE ministries. PLACE, based on biblical principles, is a highly effective way of doing church. It will take our Discipleship Roadmap to the next level by helping each of us discover the answers to those more profound questions.

PLACE is an intentional process that connects church members into purpose-driven ministries, including self-discovery, individualized ministry, coaching, and tracking from workshop training to ministry placement. Through the PLACE process, we will learn that God has created and gifted us with a unique capacity to serve others. With our unique personalities, spiritual gifts, abilities, passions, and experiences, PLACE will help us realize God’s purpose for our lives. You find your life as you give it away...but first you have to know what you have to give.

In the coming months, you will hear more about this exciting new way of looking at discipleship. We will be offering small group workshops with follow-up coaching that can make a huge difference in your walk with Christ. The coming new year is very promising for us, and I am excited to be a part of this great church family. So here’s to wish each of you a new year of discovery, service, and fulfillment.
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Brian Dale

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