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Spiritual Formation and Leadership Development

  • Spiritual Formation and Leadership Development

    The Christ Memorial Church Mission Statement is:

    Transformed lives transforming our worlds in Jesus’ name

    Becoming a disciple of Jesus involves more than belief.  It is a journey of transformation.  It is a life-long commitment to being a follower of Christ, someone who experiences life the way he did.  It is living life in the power of the Holy Spirit.  It is trusting the promise that we can flourish in the Kingdom of God no matter what our circumstances might be. It means waking up every morning to an adventure with God. It nudges us to reach out to others, loving and serving them in the name of Jesus.

    Christ Memorial Church offers opportunities for developing the facets of a balanced Christian life that we see in Jesus:

    ● a life filled with prayer, in which we enjoy an intimate friendship with God;

    ● a life of obedience, in which our every thought, word, and act is aligned with the life Jesus taught us to live and thereby attracts others to Jesus;

    ● a life empowered by the Spirit, in which we welcome the Holy Spirit and offer our spiritual gifts to help others;

    ● a life of compassion, in which we seek to reach out to serve those in need and bring the peace and love of God to the world;

    ● a life centered on the Bible, in which we are immersed in scripture;

    ● a life awake to God’s presence in the ordinary world, in which we discover that the everyday world around us is infused with God’s presence.

    For additional information on each of the seven ministry areas under Spiritual Formation and Leadership Development, click on the appropriate tab above (Spiritual Formation Classes & Programs, Community Life Ministries (Growth Communities, Connection Groups and Small Groups),  Opportunities for Women, Opportunities for Men, Journey Together, and the Library).

    Spiritual Formation Classes and Programs

    ● Bible Study
    ● Biblical History and Overviews
    ● Christian Living Book / Topical Studies
    ● Contemporary Christian Life Issues Forum
    ● Precepts Class
    ● LifeGuide Class
    ● Apprentice - year long transformation class based on three books by James Bryan Smith
    ● Special Events, Conferences and Workshops

    Community Life Ministries

    Growth Communities
    Growth Communities are groups of 15 – 50 people who meet weekly to for about ten weeks in the fall, ten weeks in the winter, and five weeks in the spring to:
    ● Learn together
    ● Build community and care for each other
    ● Serve and build relationships with people outside the church
    ● Partner with local, national, and international mission efforts

    Connection Groups and Small Groups

    ● Connection Groups (Affinity Groups)
    ● Couple’s Groups
    ● Men’s Groups
    ● Sermon Discussion Groups
    ● Women’s Groups

    Opportunities for Women

    ● Women of the Word groups
    ● Monthly Women’s Circles
    ● Piecemakers Quilting Group
    ● Special Events

    Opportunities for Men

    ● Small Study Groups


    ● Entering CMC at Door D, the Library is located off the Rotunda
    ● 4700 Books and DVDs
    ● Volunteer opportunities available

    Meet the Spiritual Formation & Leadership Development Team

    ● Rev. Kenita Harris - Pastor of Spiritual Formation & Leadership Development / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) / 616.796.3359

    ● Lori Baker - Administrative Assistant, Spiritual Formation & Leadership Development Team / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) / 616.796.3361