Journey - How We Develop Deeply Committed Followers of Jesus Christ.
At Desert Spring, we are intentional about "Developing Deeply Committed followers of Jesus Christ."
Our journey begins in worship. During worship, some people will be touched by the Holy Spirit and decide to become followers of Jesus Christ. Others, who already are followers of Jesus, will be touched by the Spirit in ways that deepen their faith.
Our journey includes three "Pathways," each of which helps develop deeply committed followers of Jesus Christ. One Pathway we call "Head" -- here we commit ourselves to learning scripture and what it means to be a follower of Jesus. One Pathway we call "Heart" -- here we experience the presence of Christ who leads us. One Pathway we call "Hands" -- here we do the work of ministry, serving Christ, serving others and transforming the greater community.
Over time, following Jesus includes all three Pathways: Head, Heart and Hands; deepening our faith requires all three.
However, whether we are just beginning to follow Jesus Christ or preparing to take the next step in our faith journey, there is a right next Pathway for each of us.
Each Pathway can be strengthened by attending introductory workshops and short-term service opportunities that make it easy to take the right next step along the journey of faith. And each Pathway can also be strengthened by committing to long-term education and service opportunities. Both will deepen an already existing base of faith in Jesus Christ.
For those uncertain about how to take the next step along the Pathway, the "Discovery" class is designed to help people understand how God works in our lives and how God chooses to work through us to make a purposeful difference in this world. The Discovery class is an essential part of the process and, as such, is one class we encourage everyone to take. The Discovery Class is offered several times each year.
For people wanting to become members of Desert Spring, there is a required New Member Workshop, offered regularly throughout the year, designed to help people understand our purpose, culture and process of developing deeply committed followers of Jesus Christ.
In addition to the New Member Workshop, all potential members (and current members who have not yet done so) are strongly encouraged to take the Discovery class.
It is our intention that all members of the church will be involved in Pathway development, as described above.