Colossian Blog
July 19, 2017 | Jennifer Vander Molen

Frustrated with Polarization in the Church? Let The Colossian Way Help!

Increasing polarization is part of our daily lives, as we dodge potential minefields in conversations, online, in our families, and in our churches. It’s hard to see a way forward that balances the truth of the Word with the love that Christ commands us to embody.

If you’re frustrated with the dialog (or lack thereof), and long to see a more beautiful church, we have a tool that can help.

The Colossian Way is designed to help Christians of all ages engage in difficult questions in ways that build up love of God and neighbor. By gathering Christians who disagree, confessing that all things hold together in Christ (Colossians 1:17), bringing our difficulties before God in prayer, listening to varied experts on the topics, attending to Scripture and the resources of the faith, and learning to listen and talk across difference, we can trust the Holy Spirit to transform us into the image of Christ.

This small-group experience tackles the tough questions around human origins and human sexuality. The Colossian Way will help you move beyond our culture’s polarizing conflict into a new reality centered around transformation, hope, growth, and witness.

Imagine with us a new way of life together, built on a deep theological core, that provides hope and reflects the true beauty of Christ to the world. Join us in The Colossian Way experience.

Training Dates

The first step in The Colossian Way experience is a 2½-day leader training retreat, held in Grand Rapids, MI, on Wednesday-Friday, September 20-22. Can’t make the September training? Our 2018 training retreat dates are posted on our events page.

Commitments

Churches and leaders who participate in The Colossian Way commit to:

  • Attend the leader training retreat
  • Meet with coaches and other small group leaders during the experience
  • Gather an intergenerational group of 10-12 participants for the small group experience
  • Lead the small group through ten 90-minute meetings over a set schedule in spring 2018

Cost

Cost for The Colossian Way experience is $1,500 per small group, which includes the leader training retreat (hotel accommodations, meals, and training materials for two leaders), materials (leader and participant guides for the entire small group), The Colossian Way promotional pieces for your church, personal coaching for leaders, and membership in The Colossian Way Community of Practice.

How to Apply

You can find an online application and more information about The Colossian Way experience here. Can’t make the September training? Our 2018 training retreat dates are posted on our events page. We can’t wait for you to join us on The Colossian Way!

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