helping you get from wherever you are to where God wants you to be...
God welcomes us just as we are, and He loves us too much to leave us there.
The Pathway is straightforward, holistic approach to your spiritual life and growth. Wherever you may find yourself in life, The Pathway presents a simple way forward. Whether you’ve never set foot in a church or you’re a 4th generation preacher’s kid, The Pathway helps you answer the question:
“What’s my next step?”
The Gospel calls us to respond.
Jesus said, "Come, follow me." (Matthew 4:19). This is where true and eternal life begins. God loves you, and He wants you to know and love Him, and the more you do, the more you will realize that this is why we exist. In all things, therefore, we seek to come to God by faith and glorify His holy name. Our purpose is to make worshiping Him the motivation for all that we are and everything we do.
We are designed to do life together.
"In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others" (Romans 12:5). Life in Christ is more than believing; God has also created you to belong. Regardless of age or marital status, you are designed to have meaningful relationships with other believers and to experience life in community. The encouragement and accountability found in small groups is an essential catalyst to spiritual life.
God has gifted you for ministry.
"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms" (1 Peter 4:10). Good news! God has given you gifts, but they have not been given for you alone. God has gifted you so that you might use your gifts to bless others. Real purpose and lasting joy begin here -- that we love others with our lives. Because people are so dear to God and to us, we gather together to share not only Gospel of Jesus Christ but our very lives as well.
Our new life is a process.
"Put off your old self ... be made new in the attitude of your minds; and ... put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness." (Ephesians 4:22-24). Upon sincere repentance and faith in Christ, reconciliation with God happens in an instant. Holiness, however, takes a lifetime. Therefore, we join together to learn from God's Word and engage in proven spiritual disciplines so that we might steadily grow into the people He created us to be.
Disciples of Christ make disciples of Christ.
After His resurrection, Jesus commanded us to "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," (Matthew 28:19). We humbly, yet boldly, proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ so that everyone will have the opportunity to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Spiritual maturity results in multiplication and is most profoundly seen in the lives of those you have brought to Christ and helped grow in Him.
Special thanks to Michael Nave, Sarah Ralls, and Cornerstone Church (Marion, Illinois) for concepts and graphics.