Forty years ago this summer, I began my ministry in Grand Teton National Park beside the banks of the Snake River. If these decades of shepherding have taught me anything, it is the necessity of participating in a small group! Nothing will energize your spiritual life like meeting with other Christians. Only regular, weekly worship is more important for your soul. I have never met anyone whose spiritual life was flourishing who does not worship regularly and who does not have the community of support that comes with a caring small group.
What are the key components of that kind of group?
- Christian Community
- Meaningful friendships
- Shared ownership
- Grace orientated
- Historic Teaching
- Christ’s Mission
- Inviting others
- Serving people
- Sharing the Gospel
At St. Mark’s we want this kind of group available for all of us. To that end, the Vestry and I have invited Dan Dzikowicz to consult with us about the steps necessary in order to create dynamic, effective groups here. Dan, also an ordained pastor, is responsible for over 250 small groups at his church. I look forward to his expertise and prayerful help with the creation of our small groups– which we’ll call Cornerstone Groups–here at St. Mark’s.
Getting to Know Dan
Dan is married to Mandy and they have four children. He has ministered here in the Fox Valley for almost ten years. This fall he will help us communicate the vision and strategy for Cornerstone Groups and will as help us identify and train the Cornerstone Group Leaders necessary for this next exciting season of ministry.
In 2019 it is my hope to have a church-wide Cornerstone Groups initiative during the seasons of Epiphany and Lent, where we will all be studying the same Scriptures and experiencing Christian community together.
One last note. Forty years ago–how did I end up with that ministry in the National Park? I had a small group of men in college who prayed together! That small group was the cornerstone that launched me into the rest of my life! How might a group like that bless you?!