The Way True Life Changes the World
Try it First!
You've been hearing that First Followers is a yearlong experience that teaches participants to care for their souls and become their best selves for the world. If this is an intriguing but new idea, and you would like to know more about how it works, bring your curiosity to Try First Followers on April 3 from 6-8pm in the Café. We will have a sample experience of the program, including dinner, and opportunity to ask questions.
RSVP to Jen Eisenberg by April 2 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Followers is a year-long practical study of the process of becoming your best self for the world. The journey takes participants through an intensive exploration of their personal God-narratives, the work of the Spirit, spiritual practices, and community. The format of the experience includes reading, reflection, gathering and retreat.
While the process of spiritual formation is deeply integrated, for the purpose of learning we have divided it into four phases.
Narrative - We all live out narratives that have been shaped in us over time. In this phase we explore the false nature of our old narratives and discover ways they can be replaced with new ones that guide us toward living in the Kingdom of God.
Yielding - Everyone’s soul is aiming toward a perceived version of the good life. But scarcity, fear, insecurity and jealousy tempt us to covet other lives and project a false life. This can be exhausting and destructive to the soul. By surrendering to the Spirit and the resurrection power Christ, we aim in the direction of his love for our lives.
Practice – Spiritual practices help believers to live like Jesus Christ and develop awareness of the soul’s health. God gives us these tools and we must learn when and how to use them. Fortunately, we have many centuries of teaching from faithful guides from which to learn these ancient ways.
Community - The two greatest commandments are really two sides of the same coin. We cannot love God without also loving others. Spiritual formation does not happen apart from community and a commitment to be with and for each other helping one another become our best for the world.
The next First Followers Community (“Community Three”)
begins April 22, 2019 with an application deadline of April 8, 2019.
Fill out the form below to begin the registration process.
Direct questions to Jen Eisenberg (email@example.com)
This intensive course of study is designed to fulfill its outcomes rather than to be cost -free. The cost includes meals, books and materials, speaker honoraria, retreat usage and rental fees, and administrative expenses. Scholarships available.
Click here to read a detailed summary of the First Followers experience and curriculum.
Click here to read an interview with Pastor Dan Snyder (2018)
To request an application to be part of an upcoming
First Followers community, please fill out the form below: