“This is the explanation: God has made us what we are. God has created us in King Jesus for the good works that he prepared, ahead of time, as the road we must travel.”

-Ephesians 2:10, Kingdom New Testament

The spiritual life is a journey, not a one-time decision. It’s a long, winding, surprising, mysterious, and challenging adventure. You might have a certain direction in which you are headed, but there are always unexpected twists and turns. You might have a destination in mind, but the joy is more in the traveling than in the arriving. The spiritual journey is this kind of life-long adventure–one that we believe is best enjoyed with others.

A pathway, however, is different. A pathway is shorter, with clearer steps and goals. We like to think of your time here at Vineyard Augusta–however long or short–as a sort of  pathway within your larger spiritual journey. As you welcome us in becoming a part of your journey, it is our joy to invite you onto this pathway that we believe will nurture your personal spiritual growth. We’re excited to walk alongside you as you become more and more the person God has made you to be, to do the good works he has prepared for you to do, to travel the road you must travel. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here!

Who Is This For?

First, our Growth Pathway is for people who are new to Vineyard Augusta. Sometimes coming into a new church can be confusing. It can be hard to know where to begin. If you haven’t had much church experience, you might feel overwhelmed and confused by the plethora of opportunities that a church offers. If you have had previous church experience, you might simply get involved in ways you have done before. But what if God has something new and different for you in this new local church family.

The Growth Pathway begins by helping you answer questions like:

  • What are all the opportunities that exist here?
  • How do I know which opportunity to try out first? 
  • What would be the best fit for me in this season of life? 

Second, our Growth Pathway is for people who have been a part of VCA for a length of time, but who might be feeling a little stuck or wondering if there is “more”. It’s common to feel like your faith is somehow lacking, or you may feel stuck in your area of service, but God may be inviting you into something different in a new season of life.

The Growth Pathway exists to help you process questions like:

  • Why do I feel stuck or stale in my faith?
  • Is there something more than what I’m currently experiencing?
  • How do I deal with all the questions I’m facing?

The Five Stepping Stones

STEP 1: Invitation

This first step of “Invitation” is really the very first invitation: Come visit Vineyard Augusta for the first time! You’ve likely already taken this step, but it’s not over! As you move along this Pathway, we also encourage you to become an inviter of others.

STEP 2: Connection

At this second step, we invite you to open yourself up to new relationships with others here at Vineyard Augusta. The easiest way to begin doing that is by filling out a Connect Card (usually on a Sunday morning). As with Invitation, if you’re already well-connected at Vineyard Augusta, we encourage you to help others make meaningful connections as well.

STEP 3: (Re)Assessment

This third step takes a little more time: Here we invite you to identify God’s current activity in your life. To help with this, we’re offering three main resources and relationships: A spiritual gifts assessment, our “Everybody Gets to Play” survey, and a Trail Guide. A Trail Guide is someone who will meet with you to listen, co-discern, and recommend next steps for you as you grow at Vineyard Augusta.

STEP 4: Formation & Service

This fourth step is probably going to be the longest step—this is where life is really lived out with others. Here we invite you to commit to contexts for your own formation and serviceto find people who can be your traveling companions as God works within you to form you, and as you  join him in his work by serving others. Here we help you find your answers to two questions: Who am I being formed with? Who am I serving with?

STEP 5: Multiplication

This fifth step isn’t really a final step—it’s just the next logical aspect of growth, where you might begin to be involved in some form of leadership within a ministry. Here we invite you to begin investing in the next generation of leaders within your particular area of ministry involvement.

Looping Back to Reassessment

It is a common pattern of spiritual formation that each of us may come to a place where we feel like our faith (beliefs and practices) is not “working” like it used to. The journey gets inexplicably hard. Such seasons can be disorienting. An important feature of this pathway is the open invitation to loop back to Step 3. Reassessment of our stage of faith, and of our engagement in formation and service, will likely be an important next step for nearly everyone at some point in time.

 

Take Your Next Step

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