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Stafford Connect Group

The Stafford Connect Group will meet Fridays at 7pm at Elder Joe & Tracye Thompson’s home. This session begins 4.26.24.

  1. How many weeks will this session last? Approximately 10 weeks
  2. How long will the meeting last on each Friday night? 1-1.5 hours
  3. What are we going to study? By the Way: Getting Serious about Following Jesus by Derek Vreeland
  4. Do I need to buy a book? We recommend you do
  5. Will there be food? Snacks will be available
  6. Can I bring a friend? That would be awesome
  7. Will there be child care? Sorry, there won’t be

Please contact Elder Joe or Elder Tracye for details and directions. We can’t wait to see you there!

People can’t see your value unless you are part of a community.

— Pastor TJ Hall

More About By the Way Book

In By the Way, pastor and author Derek Vreeland reframes everything we’ve been told about Christianity and what it means to follow Jesus. Discipleship isn’t an add-on. Jesus didn’t say, Go into all the world and get people saved or Get people to ask me into their hearts. Jesus said, Go therefore and make disciples. 

Reclaiming discipleship as the heart of the Christian faith means seeing anew the gospel, the cross, the resurrection, transformation, and the community of faith. We learn the ways of Jesus by practicing them, Vreeland says, and in By the Way, he introduces us to the ways of Jesus.

Discipleship means joining God’s joyful mission of reconciliation on earth, not just saving souls for the afterlife. Following Jesus is more like taking a long walk in the woods than sitting in a classroom. Living by the Way takes practice—and that’s the point.


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