Member Engagement

SMALL GROUP MINISTRY

“It is in small groups that people can get close enough to know each other, to care and share, to challenge and support, to confide and confess, to forgive and be forgiven, to laugh and weep together, to be accountable to each other, to watch over each other, and to grow together.  Personal growth does not happen in isolation. It is the result of interactive relationships.  Small groups are God’s gift to foster changes in character and spiritual growth.”  Dr.Gilbert Bilezikian

We want all fpcw members to experience a small group community in order to:

  • Connect with one another through deep, meaningful and authentic relationships. Doing life together leads to genuinely caring and supporting each other, and understanding more of who God made us to be.
  • Grow in faith through intentional prayer practices, scripture reading and honest discussion around how our lives are connected to and shaped by the Gospel.
  • Share the Gospel through actively being the hands and feet of Christ in the world together.

New groups will be forming in late fall 2016.  If you are interested in leading a new group, have ideas about groups that could be formed, or want to be a part of a new group, please contact Rev. Erin Raska or Sue Sklansky.

 

ENGAGEMENT

Whether you have recently joined or have been a member for some time, we would love for you to engage in your faith in all ways that you are able. What does it mean to be engaged in church life, you may ask? The answer is found in these four questions [formulated by Albert L. Winseman, in Growing an Engaged Church]:

  • What do I get?
  • What do I give?
  • Do I belong?
  • How can we grow?

 

It may seem strange that what you GET is first on the list. If you are engaged in your faith, then #1, your spiritual needs are being met and you know what is expected of you. This is the foundation of all the rest. Being fed spiritually and being in a faith community are clear distinctions between church and all other groups or organizations you may commit your time to.

What do you give? Your time and talents, your resources and the ability to do what you love. You will enjoy the time you spend in and around church life, and you will be affirmed in the work you do.

How do you belong? This is feeling positive about the leadership of the church, feeling heard and affirmed, and trusting the staff and lay leadership of the church that they have the mission and values of the church in mind in all they do, and are led by their commitment and faith to God.

How can we grow? These are opportunities available to grow deeper in one’s faith through study, fellowship, worship and mission. Sometimes we call this “worship plus two” meaning, come to worship with your family and also make a commitment to at least two other activities within the church. These could be mission activities, committees, music, education, etc. Making a valuable contribution to the church is then extended to making a contribution to good in the world.

To learn more about how you and your family can be more engaged in the life of fpcw, speak with our pastors, our Session leaders, and Sue Sklansky, Director of Congregational Care and Engagement.