Rooted in Christ – Rooted in Community
“…[L]ike a tree planted by water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” – Jeremiah 17:8
I would like to personally invite you to join me and a group of committed leaders this fall as we seek to grow in our understanding of Christ and encourage each other in our walks of faith by participating in Roots.
What is Roots? – Rootsis a new initiative of CPC where we invite members and regular attenders into an intentional course of discipleship. Discipleship is a process whereby one who is in a relationship with Jesus Christ, lives out his teachings, and assists others to do the same. Roots is designed to strengthen participants and leaders in their life with Christ and foster an active environment of growth, trust, and encouragement.
Participants – For the inaugural course, we are looking to have up to 24 individuals (12 women and 12 men) who will commit to one large group meeting per month(1 ½ hours) called “colloquium” and 3 additional one on one meetings over the semester called “engagement” with an assigned leader (lunch, coffee, walk, in home, etc.)for a more directed time of encouragement, accountability, and prayer.
The dates for the Fall colloquium meetings are: Sunday night September 18th, October 23rd, November 13th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. The winter and spring dates are tentatively set for (January 15th, February 12th, and March 26th).
Leaders – Currently, John Elder, Scott Berggren, Anna Price, Sherri Stevens, and Jenny Wrigley have agreed to serve as leaders for this initial course. These individuals will serve as discussion leaders and facilitators as well as meet with their designated participants.
Curriculum – The chosen curriculum consists of six books that cover a range of topics specifically chosen to aid in our walk with Christ and further develop an overall world and life view seeking to our faith influence every area of our lives.
|September||The Jesus I Never Knew – (Philip Yancey)||An introduction to a Christ we thought we knew|
|October||Rediscovering Holiness (J.I. Packer)||Finding Joy in Sanctification|
|November||The Reason for God (Tim Keller)||Practical Apologetics|
|January||Pray With Your Eyes Open (Richard Pratt)||Looking at God, Ourselves, and our Prayers|
|February||Each for the Other (Bryan Chappell)||Marriage and Relationships|
|March||When Helping Hurts
|Justice and Mercy|
An approximate cost for purchasing all the books (new) through Amazon is $75.00. Kindle versions can be purchased for approximately $51.00 with the exception of Pray With Your Eyes Open by Richard Pratt which is not available on Kindle. If you would like the church office to order them for you, please let us know and you may reimburse the church.
“Let us not give up meeting together…”
Colloquium – In academic settings, a colloquium is a seminar on a certain field of study, led by a different presenter, followed by a time of informal discussion.
Once a month, participants in Roots, will gather for a one and one half hour colloquium session focused on the book that was assigned for that month. Each session will be led by a Roots leader and will focus on the overall points of the book along with areas that were particularly impactful for the presenter (45 minutes). Following the presentation, participants will meet in smaller groups for further discussion and sharing (45 minutes).
“Let us encourage one another…”
Engage – The experience of many who have taken on a study of some kind is to gain new insight into some truth and yet fail to allow those truths and insights to make an impact in any meaningful way. As important as the colloquiums, is the follow up.
Roots participants will be asked to meet 3 times each “active” semester (session 1 – September-November; session 2 January-April) with an assigned leader. The purpose of these engagements is to discuss what each is learning through the readings, to challenge one another to take the information and apply it in specific ways to one’s life, to commit to pray with and for one another, and to encourage one another in one’s relationship with Christ.
Testimonies of Grace – In April, all Roots participants and leaders will be invited to gather for a closing dinner where we will have opportunities to share what we’ve learned and how God is working in our lives. We will also consider what changes need to be made (if any) and if we wish to continue with a second track beginning the next fall or, perhaps, some may wish to become leaders for a new group of Roots participants.
If you are looking for ways to grow spiritually and develop deeper relationships with fellow believers please consider committing to this discipleship course. There are a limited number of spots, so prayerfully consider your ability to participate before registering but then come and join us for this exciting new opportunity.Register Online