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January/February 2020


We Live as We Pray

by Amy Schenkel
The top five New Year's resolutions Americans made for 2019: exercise more, eat healthier, save money, lose weight, and reduce stress (Statista Research Department). These are consistently the most common resolutions we make (and break) year after year. Not surprising.

What may surprise you about these resolutions: in each of them, through our behavioral choices, we can generally anticipate the outcome. If we lace up our shoelaces and go out the door for a daily run, we will succeed in exercising more. If we buy more vegetables than cookies in the grocery store, we will likely eat healthier. If we auto-deposit to our retirement fund each month, we will end up saving more money. The resolutions we make will succeed or fail based on our behaviors and decisions. 

We approach our missional living in the same way, wanting a guarantee of outcome. If I talk to my neighbor, then he is likely to attend my church. If I shovel my neighbor’s driveway, then she will end up asking me about my relationship with Jesus. However, when Jesus sends out the church (literally, the “sent ones”), he does not promise a direct and immediate outcome. He asks us to go. Read More
“We live as we pray.” This year, the Resonate Great Lakes Team invites you and your congregation to live as “sent ones.” We ask you to resolve to practice the missional behavior of prayer, using these words:

Lord, we pray for an outpouring of your Holy Spirit that you would reveal Christ to us, shape us in the character of Christ, and equip us for the mission of Christ.

If you are committing to pray this prayer in 2020, please let us know! Drop us a quick email and let us know you are praying for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in your neighborhood. We long to see the Great Lakes region as a missional community of living prayer.

Resource Spotlight

This horizontal image is the Prayer Reminder Card that Amy mentions in the article above. Print this one out and display it in a few places where you will see it throughout your day.  Hang it on the bathroom mirror to remember to pray this prayer for yourself while you are brushing your teeth. Tape it to the dashboard of your car to remember to pray this prayer for your neighborhood each time you pull in your driveway.  Use it as a bookmark in your Bible.
This vertical image is the wallpaper that Amy mentions in the article above. Download our free wallpaper for your phone to remind yourself of the words to this prayer every time you unlock your screen.

 (To download as wallpaper, click the link and save the photo. If you're on a computer, you can email the photo to yourself and save it to your phone through email. More instructions here.)

Empowered for Witness

Empowered for Witness is a follow-up course to the Resonate sponsored Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit conference of 2019. 

This discipleship course will equip believers to cooperate with the Holy Spirit for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.  Empowered for Witness takes place Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:30, beginning with a light supper and fellowship, and moving into worship, teaching, and equipping.  The course is broken up into six parts, starting in February 2020, each one builds on the last, so we encourage you to attend all of the sessions.

EFW 101: Gateways to Empowered Ministry – February 6-March 12, 2020.   Click here to register for EFW 101

Resonate Global Mission is Hiring

Resonate Global Mission- Great Lakes Region is hiring an 8 hr/week Local Mission Leader to serve the churches in Classis Muskegon. We are looking for a mission-focused, self-motivated, team-player to collaborate with the Classis Ministry Board in helping established churches develop a missional imagination to connect with their community and to develop new missional ministry opportunities.  Applications are due January 15, 2020.  See the job description and apply Here

Resonate Partners with these Upcoming Events 

Church Planting Discovery Open House

February 27, 2020
Golden Age GR  4-6 pm

The Grand Rapids Church Planting Collaborative, consisting of the five Grand Rapids- area classes, is hosting a Church Planting Discovery event to educate and encourage people to consider church planting. Join us for appetizers, meet church planters, learn about church planting and models of church plants, Bi-vocational/Co-vocational planting, funding resources, and vision sharing.

Glocal Mission Summit 2020
Save the Date

April 30-May 2, 2020

Glocal Mission Summit is a gathering place of scholars, practitioners, pastors, lay leaders and students to explore how churches can reach the world through local ministries. This will be a place for learning, networking and hearing stories of what others are doing to live into God's mission and imagine innovative ways to engage and embrace our local communities that are becoming increasingly diverse and global.
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