Posts with the category “connect-groups”

Growing Deeper... Racial Reconciliation
by Noël Foulk on August 23rd, 2023
1. Study Guide from Waterbrook Multnomah Press.2. Sermon from Rich Villodas on Racial Reconciliation3. Racial Justice and Reconciliation Ministry at Bethany Community Church4. John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development at Seattle Pacific University BOOKS / RESOURCESUnsettling Truths by Mark Charles and Soong-Chan RahDisunity in Christ by Christena Clevel...  Read More
Creating Spaces Where Generations Collide
by Noël Foulk on April 27th, 2023
By Stacy KutzFamilies and Youth Director I was thrilled when Pastor Laurie asked me to lead a discussion last Sunday during the middle hour about West Side’s desire to be an intergenerational church. As I was preparing, I realized that from the start we needed to define the difference between multigenerational and intergenerational church.Many of us grew up in multigenerational churches. Churches ...  Read More
Connect Groups are the Church
by Noël Foulk on April 12th, 2023
Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddle Back church in California, wrote, “Small groups are not a ministry of the church, small groups are not a program of the church, small groups are not an outreach of the church, small groups are not an event of the church, small groups are the church.”  This quote is a great reminder of the importance of small groups (we call them Connect Groups). The church is not a bu...  Read More
Why Connect in a Group?
by Noël Foulk on February 15th, 2023
By Chris KochSenior Director of MinistryI am currently involved in a Connect Group, primarily with families, and have led two Rooted groups and two Lenten groups since I have been at West Side. Part of my role at West Side is to shepherd Connect Groups and leaders, but even if I was a congregation member, I would still be a part of Connect Groups. The reason why is that I need to be with other peo...  Read More