Fostering Spiritual Growth

by Carroll Wynne January 29, 2019

The Kingdom Discipleship Commission (KDC) exists “to grow Tenth as a God-centered fellowship of loving disciples in Christ who apply the gospel to all of life and share a total commitment to advance the kingdom of God in our neighborhood, our city, and our world.”

Did you know such a commission exists? Established in ages past (12 years ago?), its charter was to foster spiritual growth within Tenth. Originally providing oversight to the many ministries and small groups, KDC supported and logistically helped approximately 40 groups.

Thankfully, through the years of maturation, many of these groups are well established and flourishing. KDC has therefore focused upon five areas in particular: encouraging parish engagement, bolstering officer efforts, teasing out elements of congregational surveys, encouraging volunteerism, and strengthening membership assimilation.

This year KDC was asked by Session to temporarily oversee the Director of Christian Education duties, which included the Adult and Children’s Bible School, officer training, and membership classes. Our Lord graciously provided many wonderful people who continue to lead in these areas. Deryck Barson, while finishing his doctoral work at Westminster Theological Seminary, created a structured officer training and codified our membership classes. Melissa Frederick, our Parish and Membership staff member, has faithfully supplied the administrative underpinning for these endeavors. David and Crystal Hanrahan, along with Judd Van Dervort Jr., lead the Children’s Bible School.

Meeting monthly, our small commission continues to generate and implement ideas which may engender spiritual growth within our fellowship. If you have any good ideas to pass along to KDC, contact either Bob Kempf, chairman, Deryck Barson, Amy or Chris Oeste, Melissa Frederick, Sarah Staley, Anne Tartikoff, or Carroll Wynne.