Community Engagement through St. Peter’s looks different all the time, but all it has one purpose:
To engage the community with the love of God in Jesus.
We do that through participating in events that our surrounding community may already be hosting, by hosting our own events that will serve our surrounding community, partnering together with our community to serve those in need as well as providing opportunities for Christ followers to develop a lifestyle of faith-sharing.
Reviving Evangelism, the report resulting from more than a year of work with our friends at Barna Group was shared at the Alpha Conference.
Two data points from this study captured headlines quickly:
Nearly half (47%) of ChristianMillennials think sharing one’s faith is wrong(outpacing non-believers and lapsed believers).
Yet, 94% of these same ChristianMillennials think knowing Jesus is the best thing that could happen to anyone.
The disconnect it seems, is not in people wanting others to know Jesus. It’s howthey learn about him - the method- that concerns the next generation.
Given our current cultural climate, this makes sense. Well-intentioned but transactional efforts at evangelism can be off-putting. But, when the church leads instead with radical hospitality, listening, trust in the Holy Spirit, and empowering the guest to navigate their journey on their own terms, the concerns about proselytization dissipate. We think this is why, again according to Barna, 82% of non-believers who complete Alpha discover and align their lives to Jesus. The invitation to life shared through an Alpha group within a local church opens up real respect and friendship, while faithfully spreading the good news.
Run Alpha Training
Saturday, June 1, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Calvary Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, MN 55427
Join other leaders and churches from across the region for an interactive training that will equip you and your team to develop an understanding of what makes Alpha so successful, how to run it, and how to get the most out of it in your context. This in-person training will enable you to "catch the culture" of Alpha beyond what our on-line training clips provide so that you can run the most effective Alpha ever as well as navigate all the Alpha resources that are available. We'll cover topics like 'What is Alpha?', the Seven Best Practices of Alpha, Alpha Small Groups and Leading Prayer Ministry. Plus, you and your team will have a chance to "experience" an actual Alpha session over dinner.
Contact Faith Rattei if interested in attending. St. Peter's will cover the cost of your registration. St. Peter's response deadline is Tuesday, May 28, 2019.