I’ve asked some of the Fanning the Flame team members to let me know what they have been learning as part of the process. This is Debbie’s story which she has allowed me to share with our readers.
When I first heard about Fanning the Flame I was anxious to find out what this could mean for our Church.
I have not been disappointed. I am excited with what we have been doing so far and am looking forward to all that is coming next.
One of the first things was looking at our prayer life individually and as a Church. I have a much better understanding of the importance and necessity of my prayer life. I really took an in depth look at my prayer life as it is today and what I want it to look like in one year from now. Just taking the time and really focusing on my prayer life for the first time was really an eye opener. I found my prayer life a was not what it should be and this has helped me change it and has made a huge difference.
I am working on my spiritual gifts survey now and I know this will help me find out what my true spiritual gifts are and will help guide me to do what God wants me to do.
We have been talking about repentance and how necessary that is as individuals and as a Church. The Pastor just talked about repentance in his sermon. True repentance for all of our sins is absolutely necessary in Christian life and restores our relationship with God. I have come to realize that just asking God to forgive all my sins is not enough. For true repentance I really need to think about all my sins when I repent and this has helped me focus on all my sins when I am asking God for forgiveness.
There are many strategies we have identified to best help our Church and fulfill God’s purpose for us. I was asked to be on the FTF Strategy Task Force for Small Group Discipleship and we just had our first meeting. We are looking at small groups ministry and the leadership of these groups and how these groups should look and what important aspects they should contain. We are off to a good start and I am excited with what we are going to be doing.
FTF is definitely changing me and I am looking forward to what we will be doing as a group and as a congregation. There are so many good and positive things in store for us.