Impacting You

Intentional Faith Development

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Act 2:42)

“Vibrant, fruitful, growing congregations practice Intentional Faith Development. From the first generations of Christians to the earliest Methodists to the youngest generations of faithful members today, the followers of Jesus mature in faith by learning together in community. Churches that practice Intentional Faith Development offer high quality learning experiences that help people understand Scripture, faith, and life in the supportive nurture of caring relationships. … Christian disciples strive to develop faith and grow in Christ-likeness through study and learning, and God is best able to form disciples when people do this together and not by themselves.”
– Robert Schnase, Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Radical Hospitality

“Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Romans 15:7)

“Vibrant, fruitful, growing congregations practice Radical Hospitality. Out of genuine love for Christ and for others, their laity and pastors take the initiative to invite, welcome, include, and support newcomers and help them grow in faith as they become part of the Body of Christ. Their members focus on those outside their congregations with as much passion as they attend to the nurture and growth of those who already belong to the family of faith, and they apply thier utmost creativity, energy, and effectiveness to the task, exceeding all expectations.”
– Robert Schnase, Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations