Divisive topics are tearing at our society, our churches, and our families. Poverty, racism, origins, and sexualityâ€”these issues tend to polarize us, fracturing even tight Christian communities and homes. Yet the reconciling power of the gospel still beckons. Weâ€™ve seen with our own eyes that Paul'sÂ promiseÂ to the ColossiansÂ is still true today: all things hold together in Christ. (Colossians 1:17)
HowÂ do weÂ live faithfully inÂ cultural conflicts? The Colossian Forum turns these hot-button issues into opportunities for lifelong discipleship and intergenerational witness. Christians who disagree are invited into the reconciling presence of Christ. They listen to one another, fiercely holding to their own convictions. Everyone holds truth and love together without compromise. A surprising thing happens when Christians put Christ at the center of their conversationâ€”we become a community that behaves like Christ.
We serve as catalysts for healing by transforming divisive topics into opportunities to be deeply formed into the image of Christ. The Colossian Forum equips Christian communities with training, coaching, materials, and support via The Colossian Way experience.Â This equips todayâ€™s church to face inevitable disagreements and differences. It also leads a new generation to participate in the reconciling and transformative power of the gospel.
Rooted in the spiritual practices of the Church, our process encourages fresh perspective and breakthroughs. All are grounded in honest interaction that occurs in the presence of God. Rather than talking past each other, we engage in communal worship: praying,Â working, and witnessing the movement of the Holy Spirit among us as we speak and hear tough truths. Participants move from feeling threatenedÂ to being equipped forÂ spiritual growth.
GodÂ hasÂ alreadyÂ givenÂ us everything we need to become a people of hope in an increasingly polarized culture. The ancient practices of the churchâ€”things like humility, kindness, and patienceâ€”are tools to help us live out our faith. Combining virtue and practices gives us the courage to lean into a messy situation and the tools to form us into the image of Christ.
No wonder we live with great hope. Wonâ€™t you join us in making the church a place of help and healing to a new generation?