Community Life & Discipleship

DISCIPLESHIP

At Linglestown Life, we do not speak in terms of "membership" but "discipleship." It is how we move peopel from new attendees to dedicated disciples of Jesus Christ, serving God in our community at Linglestown Life.  We want to growing disciples for Jesus Christ, not members of a church. Towards that end, we have the Exploring Discipleship Class. While this class is required for those interested in joining the church, it may be good for you to experience even if you are not sure if you are interested in becoming a committed disciple here at Linglestown Life.

It walks through some crucial aspects what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. We'll talk about what it means to be a disciple, the tool of the Disciple (the Bible), the Disciplines of a Disciple (exercises that grow our knowledge, faith, and relationship with God), the Serving Disciple (why and how we can serve God in mission/ministry), and the Committed Disciple (what are the commitments disciples make to the Church as a whole and to Linglestown Life specifically). At the end of the class you will have the opportunity to join the church, if you desire, but again, it is not required.

There are usually two classes each year: in the fall and in the late winter/spring. If you are interested in attending or desire more information, contact Pastor Adam Estep via the Response Card, church office, or email him at aestep1014@gmail.com.  

NEW DISCIPLE FORM

COMMUNITY LIFE: Congregational Care, Small Groups, and Discipleship

Community Life is something important to us at Linglestown Life. It covers three different ministry areas at Linglestown Life: congregational care,
small groups, and discipleship.  They are overseen by Pastor Adam Estep, who serves Linglestown Life part-time as an
ordained Deacon.  What this means is that all of these ministries rely heavily in a number of great volunteers.  What Adam does is ensure the volunteers are trained and equipped and those in need receive the ministry provided. If you're in need or interested in serving, then read on to find out more about each area of ministry.

CONGREGATIONAL CARE

Congregational care covers two main areas: visitation and meals.

Visitation: The visitation team ensures that all folks from the church and community receive needed visits whether they are homebound or hospitalized.  If you love to meet new people, have the gift of gab with a caring heart, then this is for you. Being on the visitation does require a training session with one of the pastors due to the sensitive nature of this ministry. To find out more check out the ministry description here.



Meals: The meal prep team is always looking to add more volunteers to its list.  Throughout the year, some persons with health issues could really use a few meals to help them get through the recovery process.  We also offer this to new moms and dads as they adjust to a new addition at home with their new
baby.   It is completely up to each volunteer when and how often they participate, and it does not require any training.  Just use your best recipes! To find out more check out the ministry description here.

SMALL GROUPS

Small groups are a vital part of any church. As we reach more people in the community and we grow as a church, we also need to maintain personal connections and growth experiences.  We do that through small groups.  Here are some different ways to serve in small groups, all which have further training provided:

Small Group Partner:
A huge way to serve is to partner up with someone and launch a brand new goup.  This may sound daunting, and some ays it can be.  However, it also comes
with its own rewards as you see people connect and grow together.  To help make some things easier, we suggest artnering with someone to form a new group. Together, partnerships oversee the various aspects of small group inistry: hosting, facilitating, and communication.  This doesn’t mean they have to do it all. Recruit others within the group to help. The partners just ensure it gets done. Now grab some friends and get a group together! To find out more check out the ministry description here.

Small Group Host:
Hosting a small group is a great fit for folks who may not be as outgoing but love to see people’s needs met.  Hosts ensure that the environment for a group has what needs from comfort to refreshments to equipment. To find out more check out the ministry description here.

Small Group Facilitator:
The facilitator keeps the conversation going during group.  They don’t need to have all the answers, but they do need to know plan and prepare to guide the discussion depending on what materials or sermon series is going on at the time.  Adam is always available to help choose new materials as needed and to provide tips to get the conversation going and staying on track. To find out more check out the ministry description here.

Small Group Communicator:
This role is how the church maintains its relationship with each group. When new information comes up, Adam needs someone to touch base with.  If you need to let the church know something, then this person will communicate it.  It is a vital role to ensure we all are on the same page. To find out more check out the ministry description here.