Ages and Stages

In his book Shift: Three Big Moves for the 21st Century Church, Mark E. Tidsworth writes:

“As I endeavor to follow Jesus, I realize I am a disciple while also not yet a disciple… Becoming a disciple is a life-long journey of formation. Yes, it has beginnings, yet it is never complete, this side of heaven. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, I am becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ, and I shall be a disciple of Jesus Christ.” [emphasis added]

This life-long journey of formation is constantly on display in Christian communities.

This past week, for instance, our church family gathered and will gather to:

Baptize an infant of a few months, joining parents in covenant vows and promises;

Witness an 8th grade youth confirm her baptism by publically professing Jesus as Lord and Savior;

Anticipate and pray for an impending celebration of Christian marriage;

Extend home communion to a saint under hospice care;

Pray with faith in Jesus Christ and the life everlasting with those whose loved ones have left earthly life ;

Commission youth and adults for a cross-cultural mission experience;

Help preschoolers and those with early dementia join together to paint flower pots as gifts for caregivers and their families.

Sending servant leaders, including a father and son, to Haiti where our church partners to assist and aid an orphanage, feeding centers, and medical clinics.

At all ages and stages, we can share this lifelong journey of faith formation and growth with Jesus and one another: