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The Walk: A New Framework for Discipleship

January 22, 2020
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You may have noticed there was something different going on during last Sunday’s Sunday School hour in the Atrium – members of Sunday School classes and a few of those who don’t currently belong to a class were having roundtable discussions…instead of listening to a structured talk. What was going on there?

What you’ll see for the next few weeks during the 9:45 hour is just one step in a new approach to discipleship.

Those roundtables are called Sunday Morning Communities, and they’re one piece of a new programming framework called The Walk. The Walk recognizes the focus on ‘making disciples of Jesus Christ’, yet places a greater emphasis on connection with each other and with God (rather than primarily knowledge sharing). The offerings in this framework focus on allowing visitors and members to connect with one another in semi-structured environments, while gaining knowledge that helps them maximize their most important relationships (e.g. with God, with self, with loved ones).

Discipleship is a lifelong journey – The Walk is designed to foster relationships where members walk alongside each other as they learn and grow in God. Leaning on the depiction of Jesus calling in the disciples in Matthew 4, this new model is named The Walk to reinforce the model of discipleship rooted in trust, belief, growth and connection.

The program calendar for The Walk is a little leaner than past schedules for Fall or Spring Classes, and that’s intentional. This initial program lineup includes some of the marriage and family education recommended by the Church at the Crossroads Commission, as well as some connection and personal development opportunities. You’ll see more about offerings within The Walk as the dates approach, but feel free to join in for Sunday Morning Communities now at 9:45 a.m., and participate in some semi-structured learning time and discussion.

If you’re coupled, consider taking the Couples Enrichment Workshop Feb. 15. In this day-long event, Lewis Foundation clinical psychologists John T. Gossett, Ph.D., and Carlos W. Davis, Jr., Ph.D. will walk attendees through a combination of information and demonstrations that show how to handle issues and disagreements all couples face. This approach integrates theory and research to offer practical behavior strategies that produce long-lasting results. No matter how long you’ve been in relationship, this workshop can benefit any couple who wants to experience clearer communication.

A $50 fee, along with pre-workshop reading to get familiar with concepts, is required to attend. Read more about this workshop, and register by calling Velma at 214-388-0451 or email at jmlewisfoundation@att.net.

We’re excited to build The Walk throughout 2020 in order to foster meaningful learning and connection for your discipleship journey. For updates, check firstchurchdallas.org/thewalk.

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