What makes us so excited about this discipleship process is that it's a constant cycle. As one person shows mercy, that leads another to know mercy, and grow in mercy - and it continues! The point is not to multiply Mercy Hill. The point is to multiply the name of Jesus so that He can be known and worshiped as He deserves.
Know Mercy: How do we know mercy?
The first step in discipleship is knowing mercy. To know mercy is to first know Christ. We know Him through faith and salvation in Him, how He reveals himself in His Word, through horizontal and vertical worship, and through fellowship with one another.
To know mercy is to completely believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to bear our sins, that we are saved through faith, and we are welcomed into the Kingdom of God through His blood.
Growing in Mercy: How do we grow in mercy?
The next step is growing in mercy. At Mercy Hill, we believe the best way to grow in
mercy is to get involved, and to start making life-giving relationships with other people in the church. This starts with meaningful membership, Life-Groups, and then Discipleship Groups (D-Groups).
- Meaningful Membership - A great place to begin is the Exploring Mercy class. There you will learn about Mercy Hill Church, walk through our faith statment and church covenant, and find out how to get involved. We typically hold these on Sunday after church, and it includes lunch. To find out when we are holding our next Exploring Mercy class, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life Groups and Sunday School - Life Groups are in-home gatherings where we eat, talk about the Bible, apply God's Word, pray together, and serve the community. As Pastor Aaron puts it, "We meet weekly, party monthly, and serve quarterly".
We also have classes on Sunday mornings for all ages and stages of life. Whether you attend Sunday School, or a Life Group, we are committed to walking with you as you grow in Christ and deepen relationships with other Christians.
- Discipleship Groups - These groups mostly develop out of Life Groups. These are gender-specific groups of 3-5 people that meet weekly to dive deep into the Word together. We know that some things can be hard to open up about in a group setting, so this group helps create an environment where men or women can be fully transparent with one another and grow together.
Show Mercy: How do we show mercy?
The last step in the discipleship process is showing mercy. We believe God calls every person to join Him where He's working to spread hope in our community and around the world. We do this through our quarterly Serve Days, Operation Christmas Child, Laundromat Ministry, and more. And we do this through intentional partnerships in other parts of the world. We are currently partnered with a church plant in Massachusetts and church planting in Peru.
If you have any questions about our Discipleship Pathway and how to get involved, please contact us at email@example.com or (573) 243-4145.