TheoGroups: A Safe Place to Find Answers and Belonging

Discipleship happens best in relationship with other people. Sure, you might grow as a disciple of Jesus and become more like him in your private time. But the best discipleship happens in your relationships with others on the same path. This includes those who are further along the path and those who aren’t quite as far as you may be. I struggled to find answers to doubt and confusion on my own. I was confused about what I was reading in Scripture, doubting whether or not God could forgive me, and incredibly depressed and anxious. Relying on others helped me see past my doubts; it helped me find some answers to things I couldn’t find elsewhere. Sometimes we need others we trust to be our eyes and minds when we can’t see or think straight. Sometimes, we may have blind spots; we may suppose we see and think straight, but we really don’t. Theology in Progress is starting TheoGroups to solve these problems. How many times have you had a question about something that’s bothered you personally for a long time but never had the guts to ask it? How many times have you felt alone in your struggles? How many times have you wondered why the Church does things in a certain way but didn’t feel you had the right to even question some of the most basic beliefs and practices of the Church? TheoGroups exist to put an end to these situations. Here’s how: Continue Reading...

What It Really Means to Have a Basket Weaving Ministry in Your Church

When I look at the various ministries certain churches have, I feel a bit overwhelmed at times. Everyone has a “ministry” for everything and everyone. If you want to reach the lost and hurting basket weavers of your city, there might be a ministry for that. If you want to find a place to reach the deer hunters, start a tree-stand ministry. If you want to touch the lives of those who only eat meat on odd numbered days of the month, go for it. The explosion of ministries like this point to one common factor: People want to “do church” where they are. They want to be a part of a community that participates in their life, their hobbies, their good times and their bad times. People want to be part of a community where they feel their lives, families, and favorite pastimes are valued. Continue Reading...

How to Make a Weak Disciple

We throw around the word disciple quite a lot lately. It seems to be the hip way to distinguish between nominal Christians and really devoted Christians. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but sometimes the definition of a disciple gets skewed a bit by a use of the word for a purpose other than the strict sense of the word. I believe the best definition of a disciple is a fully-devoted follower of Jesus Christ whose life goal is to become more like him. Jesus described what this looks like when he said things like, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24) and “everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life” (Matthew 19:29). Continue Reading...