Take five weeks to engage your church members in growing community inside and outside your church walls
by Alison Zeller
If you pray through the Book of Psalms, you’ll notice several themes: God’s people crying out to him in triumph and in trials. God’s presence as our strength, our Rock, our ultimate source of comfort. Jesus’ sacrificial love that brings believers to eternal life.
The powerful words of the psalms provide us with another theme that is extremely relevant for today’s churches: community. None of the psalms insist on a “just Jesus, the Bible, and me” mentality. In fact, they do exactly the opposite. The psalms encourage us to come together as a church family and to serve at every God-given opportunity.
With Created for Community, CTA’s new lineup of community-building resources, you can bring your church together as you study selected psalms and focus on the implications of God’s Word for today’s believers. You can show your members the “why” and “how” of serving and loving their community - inside and outside your church walls. With these five weeks of study and discussion, you’ll be encouraging your members to connect, love, and serve with joy!
In the fall of 2018, Pastor Jonathan Batchelder of Fawn Grove Church of the Nazarene led his worshipers through the five-week Created for Community experience. To start, the church placed the Created for Community Devotion Books and Oval Magnets in a common area and encouraged members to take one of each. Throughout the five weeks, church members read the devotion book on their own at home and, on Sundays, came together for a deeper discussion of the topics.
Pastor Batchelder used the five Created for Community themes as the basis for his weekly sermons. With themes such as At Peace, Loved, Cared For, Daring, and Energized, the devotion book inspires worshipers to grow together as they reach out to their community. For an even deeper study and discussion, Pastor Batchelder also led the church’s traditional Sunday night small-group Bible study through topics from the Created for Community Devotion Book.
Pastor Robert Brandt of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Graytown, Ohio, also ordered Created for Community Devotion Books - one for each adult in his church. “The devotional Created for Community is an inspiring book,” he said. “It is well written and concise. I pray it leads to changes in the hearts and minds of each adult. Hopefully, they will be inspired and led to follow the Lord in a positive way.”
Along with the devotion book, CTA offers a variety of Created for Community gifts and resources to engage your worshipers and equip your church for outreach. CTA customer Bettina Freeland of the First Baptist Church of Hillside, New Jersey, took advantage of the Created for Community Oval Magnet. The gift was the perfect addition to the church’s Friends and Family Day in September. Church members invited guests to this special time of worship and fellowship, and each visitor was encouraged to take home a magnet afterward.
CTA customer Sheila Lute just ordered the Created for Community Planner’s Pack for her church, Bear Creek United Methodist Church in Lucasville, Ohio. This set includes everything you need to start a Created for Community experience - the devotion book, an oval magnet, and digital teaching and promotional tools. Sheila has looked over the tools and plans to begin the five-week study in her small group this spring. Her church is already active in the community, hosting appreciation dinners for the local fire department, for example, and she’s ready to motivate members to do even more.
“We’re ready to get to work out in the community!” Shelia said.
Are you ready to bring a renewed sense of community to your church? Get started with Created for Community today! Visit www.CTAinc.com to see all the resources or call 800-999-1874 if you’d like a customer service representative to help you find the right tools for your ministry!
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