This is the step where we begin to take on serving in ministry. It is a transformational process that comes from connecting to God’s greater purpose. God challenged and convicts us to realize that the game is much bigger than our personal comforts and preferences. Movement happens from self-focused to genuinely caring about the needs of others.
The difference here is that the Beginning and Growing steps are probably involved in ministry, but their hearts are not God-centered or others-focused. We start to notice God and others more. We are more sensitive to God’s purpose, priorities begin to change, we take on the approach that every opportunity is one to show the love of Christ to someone else.
Some key phrases of the Growing stage are:
Follow your heart where God is leading you to something more grand than you can imagine. Begin to ponder these next steps:
Worship: Memorize Scripture
Biblical Community: Regularly attend church and a group
Service: Apprentice in a service area.
Influence: Discover your SHAPE
Generosity: Look for opportunities to give.
Some foundational New Testament Bible verses to read include: