Living Everyday As Disciples
“The most important one” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:29-31
Mission: Developing leaders with deep, bold, consequential faith in Jesus Christ
Vision: Leaders growing ministries and faith communities to serve the world, living every day as disciples.
Strategy: To resource people in practicing discipleship that loves God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and loves our neighbor as ourselves.
Our LEAD Team Update
Our St. Benjamin’s LEAD team began its work in August of 2017 and completed its intensive self-study late in 2019. We are now working on the next steps of integrating our discoveries into the life of the congregation. The team consists of several church members along with the pastor; there is a great cross-section of newcomers and folks who have been part of the church for a while, younger and not-so-younger. The team includes: Pete Comings, facilitator; Roxanne Wood, Dan White, Pat Childress, Jeff Davis, Wendie Zearfoss, Karen Corthell, and Pastor David Schafer.
The team worked intentionally at listening to God’s voice in the church congregation and in the neighborhood surrounding the church, a one-mile radius included. God caused conversation and signs of vitality to emerge from the LEAD process as our congregation is a “becoming” church with finding ways to strengthen spiritual walks within the church as well as to link with groups in the community outside the church doors. We looked much closer at opportunities to be in partnership with others in sharing the good news of Christ that we love our neighbors as ourselves. Some God-sightings for the LEAD team and the congregation included: the vision of a much larger Apple Harvest festival along with a car show held in September 2019, the creation of a new brochure for the church and distributed in our community, helping New Life for Girls, Christian Hands Childcare, and the ARC to link with the church and help them and us grow in relationship and focus, as well as providing a new location for the meetings of the HOA’s of the two housing developments around us, Meadowcreek Village and Bolton Hill. We are also the new site for Meals on Wheels distribution several times each week.
It continues to be exciting to see how we are growing in our Living Everyday As Disciples!
St. Benjamin’s Lutheran Church is a growing congregation recently engaged in a self-study to be more present in discipleship to its neighbors. A Fellowship Hall, open to the neighborhood for group meetings, picnics and events, sits on a three-acre grass lawn with a shaded pavilion, a tree-lined drive, meditation gardens, both toddler and big kid playgrounds, and plenty of parking. Call the church office at 410-848-3311 for booking details.