Emotionally Healthy Discipleship

As we start a new year (January 1, 2024), I’d love to help this church succeed in its two most important functions: Loving God and Loving Neighbor. The most healthy and authentic discipleship (becoming like Jesus) happens when we learn to master and habitually practice these two sacred relationships well.

These twin titans of faith are paramount to us getting the story of faith right for our lives. This course has been developed by acclaimed pastor and author, Pete Scazzero, who developed this two-part course, each taking eight weeks to focus on these two priority themes:
Course 1 – Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (8 weeks)
Course 2 – Emotionally Healthy Relationships (8 weeks)

This course can be simplified down to watching video instruction and having conversations, or the full-meal deal for $34 includes a reading book and workbook, along with exercises in journaling. I hope to host a group of people who would love to take the full journey, either way. This church tends to like a “video teaching + discussion” format so we may start there.

I want to honor the existing groups we already have and add one more offering, and opportunity for discipleship engagement and growth. I can offer this course on Mondays or Wednesdays from 2:00 - 3:30 pm. I’m looking at these potential dates:
Course 1: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Jan. 8/10 – Feb. 26/28
Course 2 – Emotionally Healthy Relationships Apr. 1/3 – May 20/22
This course will be offered by registration. If you would like to participate, please RSVP to Pastor David or the Office (david@oakharborfumc.org or office@oakharborfumc.org). It will be important to have a core of 6-8 people for the class to work well.

About Author/Teacher Pete Scazzero: Pete and his wife Geri moved to Queens where Pete served as an assistant pastor in a 300-person, Spanish church and taught in a Spanish-language Bible Institute in the Bronx. That became the preparation they needed for starting a new church in a working-class, multiethnic section of Queens where more than 70 percent of the 2.4 million residents are foreign-born.

Pete says, “It also shaped our understanding of the power of the gospel and the church, and how much the largely invisible poor have to teach the prosperous North American church.” National Geographic named “Elmhurst 11373” the most ethnically diverse zip code in the United States. In another study, it was called, “perhaps the most ethnically mixed community in the world.” To take a closer look at this curriculum, log on to this website: https://www.emotionallyhealthy.org/

May you be excited and engaged in your Christian discipleship journey as we begin our new year together.

Pastor David 😊

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