Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19, 20 (NIV)
At Morning Star we take seriously the mandate of our Savior to go make disciples. In order to become a disciple one must study to show themselves approved, a workman that need not be ashamed rightly dividing the word of God.
The goal of our Christian Education Ministry is to grow strong disciples - spiritually, financially and emotionally. Classes are available for Children, Youth, Young Adults and Adults. There are three areas of study: Discipleship, Stewardship and Spiritual Formation.
As a body of believers, we have been called by God to assist persons in becoming confident Christians. We will:
- Encourage, empower and equip men and women to fulfill their God determined purpose through our small group sessions.
- Make new disciples as we share God's love with all people
- And, instigate spiritual growth through worship, prayer, discipleship, stewardship and the study of the word of God.
The vision of the Christian Education Ministry is to provide spiritual growth opportunities and programs that assist the people of God in developing a life style of Christian service, character and conduct.
Jesus spent three years with His disciples and this powerful three-year, small group framework models that journey. Individuals are assigned to classes based on gender and age and work through dedicated spiritual growth tracks which connect them to Jesus and their fellow classmates. Hundreds of Morning Star members have participated in the program. Current tracks are:
Year 1: Growing In Christ
Year 2: Experiencing God
Year 3: The Mind of Christ
In addition to these dedicated tracks, the Christian Education program also includes additional spiritual growth classes including The Battlefield of the Mind, Parables of Jesus, Wives of the Bible and Centering Prayer.
The Program offers Fall and Winter/Spring Learning sessions. Registration details for the Winter/Spring Session will be available in December.
Spiritual Formation is an in depth look into the spiritual disciplines including prayer, study, fasting, mediation, simplicity and worship. The prerequisite for the Spiritual Formation program is graduation from the three-year Discipleship Track.
Stewardship is about being grateful, responsible stewards of the gifts we receive from God. The practice of giving back to God and to the church comes from the Biblical practice of “tithing,” which means to give back a tenth of our earnings to God (Numbers 18:26). Stewardship is also about contributing time and talents.
Our Stewardship Ministry is committed to the growth of persons in the area of Stewardship. Some of our class offerings include: Your Money Matters, Financially Confident Woman, and Financial Peace University. In addition to these class offerings, we also offer free, confidential budget counseling from trained counselors. Our Stewardship programs are open to the public.