Growth in the Christian life

Practically everything we do within the programmatic structure of our church holds the potential for Christian growth and is meant to further one’s experience of the love of God so that we can be radiating God’s love to others.

Whether in worship, in Sunday school class, during youth group, in Bible study, on retreat, through social interaction, within discipleship-building small groups, on mission trips, by volunteering within the church, or in the midst of serving others, we exercise our spiritual “muscle” and experience growth.

Not attending to one’s spiritual growth on a regular basis weakens a Christian individually and, by extension, the faith community to which he/she belongs. Methodism’s founder John Wesley firmly believed that continual practice of one’s faith would lead to growth in the Christian life toward what he called “perfection” (holiness of heart and life).