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As we soon enter into the season of Lent, we are presented with the opportunity to adapt the postures of our lives—body and mind, heart and soul. We are challenged to live into new rhythms—or old rhythms resurrected—that we may, privately and corporately, embrace God’s new, living reality in Christ. Lent is thought of as a time of fasting—the setting aside of some practices which may consume our loves and affections. Lent is not only a time for abstaining, but a time for pursuing that which brings us life and forms us into the image of Christ.
At Wellspring this Lenten season, one of the many opportunities to engage in God’s gracious movement among us is in the form of Learning Communities. The purpose of Learning Communities at Wellspring is to move beyond the communication of information regarding a particular topic to communal engagement with what God is doing among us, that we may together be increasingly formed into a people who reflect Christ’s image to each other and to our world. “We want people to grow in their understanding and practice of worship, formation, and mission”, says Pastor Brent Christian, the designer of Wellspring’s Learning Communities. “Learning communities really fit as a tool for formation within our church. Formation is helping us direct our loves toward Christ. Learning communities are one way in which we can engage this.”
This spring, Learning Communities will meet Wednesday evenings from February 17th through March 16th from 6:00-8:00pm; childcare will be provided. The first hour of each evening will consist of a shared pot-luck meal, while the second hour will be spent engaging one of three available topics. Those participating can choose from three different classes: Walk through the Liturgy (led by Pastor Billy and Pastor Tim), Practicing the Presence through Listening Prayer (led by Pastor Katie), and Christians in the Community (led by Pastor John). In “Walk through the Liturgy”, Billy will primarily teach about the meaning that is found in the liturgy of the service, highlighting the ways in which we connect with God through liturgy. The “Practicing the Presence through Listening Prayer” class led by Katie will involve both teaching on prayer and more experiential elements of engaging in listening prayer together as a community. In “Christians and the Community”, John will facilitate teaching, case study exploration, and group discussion covering four areas of involvement: work, justice and mission, community development, and world mission.
Learning Communities are not merely classes; they are ad-hoc communities engaged in pursuing God’s heart with regard to a particular topic. Learning communities foster an environment for families, friends, or even Life Groups to grow together in a specific area as part of a larger community. As we gather together for the purpose of being formed through learning in community, may we ask God to encounter us in new ways, that we would see him more clearly and know him more fully.