Witnessing God's Grace

By Pastor Deb Birkeland, Congregational Care Pastor

The ninth mission objective states that Christ the King will equip people to witness God’s grace and to engage in God’s mission in the world. Equipping people to witness God’s grace happens in many areas of shared ministry, but especially when we care for one another and grow within small groups.

Melodee Rossi, our Director of Small Group Ministry, and I recently shared stories of how we have witnessed God’s grace within the contexts of congregation care and small group ministry.

Here are a few of those stories:
  • A couple, who also does visits, learned that two elderly members rarely get to visit their niece in Richfield, who is on our shut-in list. The Lay Shepherds decided to invite the elderly couple along when they brought her communion. 
  • Eighteen women, ranging in age from 20-75, so enjoyed a recent mini retreat that three of them said, “We need to do this again,” and even told Melodee, “We will help!”
  • A long time Circle member wanted to start a small group so she could share her enthusiasm for God’s Word. Several are now meeting weekly.
Perhaps you have wonderful stories of how you have witnessed God’s grace. We have a calling to equip one another to care for one another. Let’s not keep our light under a table, but light a spark that grows and grows.

Where do you witness God's grace?

Originally published in the June 2015 issue of the Herald. Read the complete issue (PDF).