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“Spirit-filled Church” at Baildon

“The Spirit-filled Church” has been a ten-week challenge to our church to examine the adventures of the Early Church; the success that they had in becoming Jesus-shaped people and the mistakes that they made and corrected, in their successful attempts to bring the message of Jesus worldwide.
A preparation session in November ensured that all preachers and group leaders understood their roles. After each of the five themes, we held a conversation in church after the morning service, attended by an average of 35 people and led by someone who had not previously taken such a prominent role.  These conversations, together with the deliberations of the existing cell groups and the two new groups set up for the duration of Spiritfilled Church, have ensured that the lessons we have taken from the Early Church are better understood by a wide range of our membership and community roll.
One new group - Jesus-shaped Parenting - allowed parents of toddlers and young people to discuss the challenges of being a Christian parent in a world of rapid change, where children use complex technology that their parents have not had time to learn.

One defining quote from our conversations:-  ‘Our biggest aspiration should not be to double our congregation, but to change the world and affect people’s lives.’

Mervyn F, Baildon


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