An explosion of small group activity and community service in local churches doesn’t just happen. Dr. Steve DeNeff, senior pastor at College Wesleyan Church (Marion, IN) and Rev. David Drury, executive pastor, know it results from a church constituency that has a passion for a closer walk with God.
Drury said of College Wesleyan’s transformation during its SoulShift campaign, “It’s evident that God has been moving. People are feeling ‘sent’ from our services into a specific action of response.” In a church not traditionally grounded in small groups, he noted that 64 percent of the church joined a group during the eight-weeks of SoulShift. Seventy-four percent of those groups were brand new.
The experience also sparked a new wave of outreach, meeting needs, and gathering for prayer. In just one night, a third of the College Wesleyan Church congregation served within the Marion community. The experience has left the church with new standards and goals in the everyday lives of its congregants.
Now Dr. DeNeff and Rev. Drury want to equip other pastors with this new approach to spiritual transformation in their own churches. In October, they will travel to six cities across the United States to tell what they have learned and how pastors can implement SoulShift to awaken deep change within their churches.
Learn more and register for a SoulShift event near you.