When we launched Turning Point Church nearly a year ago, we wanted to reach people! That's what Jesus did and why the local church exists. So, we crafted a vision that is best expressed in this statement. We exist to:
We want people to experience the life change of Christ. People who are far from God. People who have become discontented with the local church. People who had walked away from God. People who were looking to be a part of building a fresh expression of the local church in SW Florida. And God has been building a group of people here called Turning Point Church!
Thank God for what he's done so far. It's been amazing!!!
Yet, with vision comes the practicality of living that out. We want to give people practical steps to experience that life change where they do life.
So, we believe we have found a way to help people to take a step of faith or to live our their faith more. We call it the growth track. In it's simplest form, the growth track is a tool to help each person take next steps. Here's what it looks like in it's simplest form.
STEP 1 - KNOW GOD
This class will help guide you through the essential steps that every believer needs to take to become a fully-devoted follower of Christ including the opportunity to be water baptized. Step One will take place the first Sunday of every month.
STEP 2 - CONNECT WITH OTHERS
This class will give you a basic introduction to the story, beliefs and structure of Turning Point Church as well as a guide for how you can get connected and join the church. Step Two will take place the second Sunday of every month.
STEP 3 - DISCOVER YOUR PURPOSE
This class will help you discover how God uniquely created you. Through understanding your personality and spiritual gifts, you will be prepared to serve others in the way God designed. Step Three will take place the third Sunday of every month.
STEP 4 - MAKE A DIFFERENCE
This class is your opportunity to get connected to a ministry team at Turning Point. Based on your personality and spiritual gifts that you discovered in Step Three, you will be able to find the team that best fits you. Step Four will take place the fourth Sunday of every month.
These steps or classes will take place on Sunday's at 1pm for about 75 minutes. They will be both informal and informational. In addition, each class will correspond with a reoccurring Sunday of the month. For instance, 1.0 will be on the first Sunday of each month. 2.0 will be on the second Sunday of each month, and well, you are brilliant enough to know where 3.0 and 4.0 go.
Here's what we'd encourage you to consider. What is your next step? The reality is that all of us can take steps in growing our relationship with Christ. So, what's yours? Is it that you need to know more about Jesus or baptism? Then take a step towards 1.0. Maybe your step is discovering more about the way you are gifted. Then, it makes sense to take a step towards 3.0.
We want you to start with what you think is the best first step. In fact, you don't need to do them in order (OK, you can if you are super OCD). It's practical, easy and user friendly.
So, one last time before we leave. Here's the question we want you to internalize.
'What is my next step?'