The Commons (Page 2)

The Commons (Page 2)

Who’s the Marketplace Coordinator at VBS 2019?

What do you get when you mix rambunctious kids, tasty snacks, silly games, and gospel teaching? Besides a whole lot of noise, you get… Vacation Bible School! This year, we’ll be hosting VBS from June 17 to 21. In the days leading up to the big week, we’ll introduce you to some of the folks who make it possible. Meet Bethany Porter, Marketplace Coordinator! What’s something folks might not know about where you grew up? I grew up as a…

Getting Things Done Together

Politics is often considered a dirty word. It brings to mind lies and manipulation, accusations and scandals. But at its most basic level, politics is simply the everyday activity of getting things done with other people: understanding their interests, recognizing the power dynamics at play, and learning how to negotiate relationships and institutions to achieve a common goal. Therefore, to paraphrase Jesus, whenever two or three are gathered together, you have politics. This is true in all places that we…

Who’s the Preschool Coordinator at VBS 2019?

What do you get when you mix rambunctious kids, tasty snacks, silly games, and gospel teaching? Besides a whole lot of noise, you get… Vacation Bible School! This year, we’ll be hosting VBS from June 17 to 21. In the days leading up to the big week, we’ll introduce you to some of the folks who make it possible. Meet Rebekah Farris, Preschool Coordinator! What’s something folks might not know about where you grew up? Wilson – Home to the best BBQ,…

Who’s the Music Coordinator at VBS 2019?

What do you get when you mix rambunctious kids, tasty snacks, silly games, and gospel teaching? Besides a whole lot of noise, you get… Vacation Bible School! This year, we’ll be hosting VBS from June 17 to 21. In the days leading up to the big week, we’ll introduce you to some of the folks who make it possible. Meet Martin Stam, Music Coordinator! What’s something folks might not know about where you grew up? My son was born in the same…

Who’s the Ancient Cultures Coordinator at VBS 2019?

What do you get when you mix rambunctious kids, tasty snacks, silly games, and gospel teaching? Besides a whole lot of noise, you get… Vacation Bible School! This year, we’ll be hosting VBS from June 17 to 21. In the days leading up to the big week, we’ll introduce you to some of the folks who make it possible. Meet Penny Mayes, Ancient Cultures Coordinator! What’s something folks might not know about where you grew up? I’m one of the few people…

Who’s the Youth Coordinator at VBS 2019?

What do you get when you mix rambunctious kids, tasty snacks, silly games, and gospel teaching? Besides a whole lot of noise, you get… Vacation Bible School! This year, we’ll be hosting VBS from June 17 to 21. In the days leading up to the big week, we’ll introduce you to some of the folks who make it possible. Meet Lauren Lockridge, Youth Coordinator! What’s something folks might not know about where you grew up? I grew up in Greenville, South Carolina.…

Who’s the Nursery Coordinator at VBS 2019?

What do you get when you mix rambunctious kids, tasty snacks, silly games, and gospel teaching? Besides a whole lot of noise, you get… Vacation Bible School! This year, we’ll be hosting VBS from June 17 to 21. In the days leading up to the big week, we’ll introduce you to some of the folks who make it possible. Meet Beth Bottenus, Nursery Coordinator! What’s something folks might not know about where you grew up? Much of the Sopranos was…

Updates from the Spiritual Formation Team

The Spiritual Formation Team (SFT) exists to strengthen and mature the Body of Christ at CGS, in Durham/Chapel Hill, and around the world. We oversee multiple educational initiatives spanning the entire lifespan, including Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, and Adult Ministries (Men, Women, Sunday morning classes, and Seminars). On May 6, we met to pray and discuss initiatives for this summer and the next ministry year.  We are particularly excited about our upcoming Sunday morning classes for the summer. Be sure…

Updates from the Mission Formation Team

The Mission Formation Team (MFT) exists to guide the congregation in our missions involvement, both domestically and overseas. We desire to connect our members with opportunities for outreach in many places outside of our church campus, including Durham, Chapel Hill, and overseas. On May 6, we met to pray for our CGS outreach partners and to begin updating and revising our “Local Outreach Policy” to include some new initiatives. In the coming months, we’re excited to re-engage with some long-term…

Updates from the Vision Formation Team

The Vision Formation Team (VFT) is devoted to gospel renewal in the hearts and minds of CGS. The VFT serves both as a touch-point for pragmatic integration among representatives from each of the other formation teams (Spiritual Formation, Community Formation, and Mission Formation), as well as a receptive forum in which we nurture prayerful and collaborative long-range discernment. We meet together weekly on Tuesdays, beginning our group’s time together with devotions and prayer, followed later by in-depth discussion of assigned…

Updates from the Community Formation Team

The Community Formation Team (CFT) exists to equip CGS to form healthy, gospel-rooted, redemptive relationships that flow into a beautiful, loving culture where we invite our friends and neighbors into our family. The CFT meets about once a month and oversees the Community Group ministry, the Party Planning Committee, the Young Adult Community, the College ministry, the Welcome Team, and the newly-implemented Neighborhood model for pastoral care. The Formation Team model, which the Session rolled out in spring of 2018,…

Who’s the Outdoor Games Coordinator at VBS 2019?

What do you get when you mix rambunctious kids, tasty snacks, silly games, and gospel teaching? Besides a whole lot of noise, you get… Vacation Bible School! This year, we’ll be hosting VBS from June 17 to 21. In the days leading up to the big week, we’ll introduce you to some of the folks who make it possible. Meet Justin Webb, Outdoor Games Coordinator! What’s something folks might not know about where you grew up? I grew up in…

Who’s the Director at VBS 2019?

What do you get when you mix rambunctious kids, tasty snacks, silly games, and gospel teaching? Besides a whole lot of noise, you get… Vacation Bible School! This year, we’ll be hosting VBS from June 17 to 21. In the days leading up to the big week, we’ll introduce you to some of the folks who make it possible. Meet Amanda Briscoe, VBS Director! What’s something folks might not know about where you grew up? Parkersburg, WV is a small…

Updates from the Session

  Our Session met on May 6, a little earlier than usual, to discuss Everyday Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. What changes are afoot that signal we’re living in an era of post-Christendom? What does that even mean? What does this mean for our posture and voice – both as a church body and individually? We grappled with these questions before Chuck led us in a more focused meditation on 1 Peter 1:1-12. In being “born again to…
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