Acts of Faith

 

What is this whole “Acts of Faith” thing?

Each one of us is an overlap of identities and interests: family, friends, work, play, hobbies and activities … the connections are infinite. And when one part is affected by a relationship with God and with others, all of the connections are affected.

At the heart of South Church’s identity is our Acts of Faith Model of Ministry.

South Church offers a variety of ways for people to get involved, groups that we call our Acts of Faith.

We don’t think that we are called to have “church” on Sunday morning only. We feel that the Spirit calls us to be like Jesus, i.e. to live in the world and bring our faith to bear in everything that we do. See our latest brochure by clicking HERE.

We call this way of “doing church” our Acts of Faith Model of Ministry.

Each Act of Faith (AoF) is a circle of people sharing an interest or activity. Some of them have to do with worship or developing our spiritual connection with the Sacred;  some do not. We hope you find at least one that speaks to you. And if NOT … we invite you to suggest a NEW one.  If 2 or 3 people want to start a program (Running? Hiking? Movies & a Meal? or something else of your choosing) send a note via the Contact Us page. We will support it for 3 months and then take stock. If there’s Energy & Excitement coming from it, we’ll know the Spirit is moving. If not, we’ll know it’s not the right time for it yet and we’ll try something else.

Participating in one of our Acts of Faith does NOT mean that you have to join the church. You don’t even have to be Christian to participate. We welcome all sojourners.

Keep reading below these links to get more of a picture of this whole new concept for church.

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Want to learn more about our Acts of Faith Model of Ministry? For a detailed description (complete with theological perspective and how this model has grown organically over the last few years), CLICK HERE!

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Go to the online Calendar for up-to-date gathering times, locations, and directions to each of our Acts of Faith.

Click here to learn more about our WORSHIP AoF’s.

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Click here to learn more about our SOCIAL INTERACTION WITH A FOCUS AoF’s.

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Click here to learn more about our STUDY & SHARING AoF’s.

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So What Is Church Anyway?

It might be easier for us to tell you what church is NOT. As far as we are concerned, it’s not a place you go on Sunday morning to have somebody tell you about God.

Church is a state of mind as well as a state of being. It is an action verb. It’s something that we belong to 24/7.

And it covers a lot of things:  study, service, worship, quietude, expression, learning, fellowship, and more. But one thing it always seems to include is COMMUNITY. We’re all in this together.

Just like the early Jesus-followers, we find ourselves trying to make sense of our world in light of our faith, our questions, our doubts and fears … in other words we try to LIVE as People of the Way.  What Way?  The Way of Jesus … that man who taught about God’s love and justice, about how to treat others and how to interact with our world in a way that’s positive and hope-filled.

But church is NOT a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. Some people like very formal interaction with God and others want things casual; some people really love Bible Study while others would rather go to the movies; some want to sit quietly with their thoughts while others want to talk and explore new ideas out loud.

Church can, and should, be ALL of those things. And we have found one way to do that.

Serve Up Your Own Plate

Sometimes we go out to eat with our family and one person wants breakfast food while another wants a four-course dinner. That’s the beauty of a BUFFET – everyone gets what
s/he wants but we still get to eat together as a family.

The Acts of Faith Community

Within the Acts of Faith (AoF) Community, there are activities for everyone. We believe, as it says in Acts 2:5-6 (see above) that God finds a way to speak to each one of us in a language that we can understand.

As a result, there are MANY ways that we do church. Some ways involve God-language and others might never mention God, even though the love of the Creator is present throughout.

The exciting thing is to find what you want from our buffet and if it’s not there, to help us create it with you.

We don’t want all desserts or all appetizers, and so we have found that in serving up our movable feast, it helps us to try and include AoF’s that speak to different parts of us. So we have those that include some form or Worship, Social Interaction with a Focus, or Study & Sharing.