GROW

Jason Henley | January 7, 2021

You can not measure or define your growth goal if you can not name it. So let’s name it. What does growth look like for you in 2021? What does it look like for your Connections Group, your relationship with Jesus, our Church? These are all areas where WE can pray for & seek growth in our lives this year. Our God is the God of abundance so let us not dream too small. We can get excited about the big things God is going to do this year in us and for us. Each of us can choose to be intentional about something small that can have a huge impact on our Church.

But we need to write it down and be intentional. 

 

It looked like this for me: 

I wanted to be intentional with what information I was taking in. So I decided I want to read to learn. In 2019 I picked some books that surrounded faith & leadership. I read 13 books. 13! I haven’t read 13 books my entire life! In 2020 I read more books than I did the year before and I added leadership podcasts, was super intentional with the voices and relationships I surrounded myself with, and started taking mentoring roles when God presented them. I have seen tremendous growth over the last 2-3 years because I started small and pursued it. You can too. We can as a Church. The opportunities are great within our congregation. 

 

What will it be for you? 

         - Stronger relationship with your spouse- Creating prayer time together other than before meals.

         - Growing in your leadership- Start a new Connections Group. Bring your best to have growing intimate relationships around you. 

         - Young Adults: Having intentional conversations with an adult or mentor. We can help you can find one. 

Just pick something and tell someone. 

 

Imagine the ripple effect of stronger leaders, stronger CNX Groups, a stronger Church, and community. Let’s not just talk & think about GROWING. Let’s take tangible steps as a congregation who desires growth. I don’t want to look the same this time next year. I want to have a more intimate relationship with Jesus and I believe this is how it starts. We can do this together.

 

Jason Henley 

Connections Delegate  

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