Category: Supporting article

Finding Home in Motley Church

A Testimony of Connection, Acceptance, and Belonging by Felicia Cheng For years, I wandered in the wilderness of spiritual disconnect, longing for a sense of community that traditional churches failed to provide. It wasn’t until I discovered Motley Church, a “fresh expression” of faith, that I truly found my spiritual home. In this testimonial, I’ll delve into the profound differences, I have experienced, between traditional… Read More

Soar On Wings Like Eagle:

Insight and Eagerness Found in the Scriptures By Annabelle Perri The Spirit was powerfully present at the Immanuel Community Church’s annual Labor Day weekend retreat. The months prior to the retreat, the Lord was already at work preparing the hearts and attentions of the attendees. Our Young Adult Bible study was going strong and increasing in fervor and size. Several of them decided to be… Read More

Holistic Bible Study

Holistic Bible study contains elements from oral culture (story, repetition) and print culture (text exposition) Group participation and teacher input. Teaching content to learn about the text. A focus on application and putting what we learn into practice. To learn more about this way of studying the Bible and to see an example presented at Immanuel’s Labor Day retreat, visit the Holistic Bible example HERE… Read More

Student Reflections (Year 3) by Ethan Myers 

The Value of the STEP Program By Ethan Myers Do you feel a calling to be a church leader, helping bring others closer to Christ?  Would you like to learn how to minister to others effectively?  These are the first questions that one should ask themselves when considering if the STEP program is a right fit for them. These are the same questions I asked… Read More

STEP Year 3 Missional Experiment: A Song of Lament!?!

by Lynn Shertzer Over the years, I’ve heard so many stories of the trepidation of the pinnacle assignment of the STEP Program. From my vantage point as an instructor, I watch as many students have little or no idea how to proceed with the Missional Experiment that is part of the year 3 curriculum. It appears as a huge mountain! This experiment has the elements… Read More

STEP Curriculum

“I find my biblical knowledge has grown significantly.  I am more intentional about practicing the disciplines and I am much better at identifying and holding personal boundaries both at home and in ministry settings!” ~From a Student “STEP has been a big help in my new role as associate pastor. I found it very helpful to learn more about who I am and my own… Read More

Boundary Lines in Pleasant Places

STEP Student Reflection (Year 1) by Elvin Kennel By Elvin Kennel In my faith journey, I have experienced several times where I felt that God was clearly nudging me into a “path shift.” Three years ago, I felt a renewed nudge that my ministry was to shift from that of a schoolteacher and administrator into another ministry. After thirty-six years of my ministry in the… Read More

STEP Grants and Stats

The LMC Grants Committee is thankful to be able to support and award thirty-five individuals with $25,700 in their educational journeys in the past year. Seventeen of these individuals are STEP students. To learn more about LMC grants, visit “Resting in the Holy Spirit and listening to His voice greatly improved through STEP. Was grateful for the spiritual discipline books, study, and practice.” ~From… Read More

Better Together, equipped to lead alongside Jesus

Student Reflections (Year 2) By Sammy White I was led to join STEP after watching my husband go through the program in 2020. Seeing the transformation in his thinking, understanding, and relationship with Jesus made me excited to join. He began to lead our family in practicing the Spiritual Disciplines and grew in his listening and study skills. We knew we would be better equipped… Read More

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