In 2015, we began inviting people into the Rooted Experience. Rooted is an opportunity to connect with God, the church community and your purpose. We've now completed five 10-week sessions of Rooted, and the story continues to be that people of all ages and stages of spiritual context are being transformed. Those who attended the Fall 2017 Rooted (which also included high schoolers this time around) were asked to complete this sentence, "10 Weeks Ago I...Today I..." Here are a few of their responses:
10 weeks ago I was stuck. Today, I feel like I have direction.
10 weeks ago I was lonely and sand and had no meaning to my life...Today, I am happy. There is meaning in my life.
10 weeks ago I felt inadequate. Today, I am empowered by the Holy Spirit.
10 weeks ago I felt lost in my faith. Today, I feel grounded, excited and have embraced God's love.
10 weeks ago I felt isolated. Today, I belong.
10 weeks ago I was disconnected from God and angry at everyone. Today, I call God my best friend and go to Him on my good and bad days.
10 weeks ago I didn't understand the importance of Jesus Christ. Today, I see Jesus Christ everywhere and strive to be like Him and trust Him.
10 weeks ago I was exploring Christianity. Today, I have become a believer!
10 weeks ago, I was stagnant in my faith, was searching for community. Today, I have a better understanding of who God is and can see how my faith is growing. And have found my tribe and I'm forming new relationships.
10 weeks ago, I was content to attend church and other activities. Today, I am more content to attend church and be a part of a Rooted group and share my life and serve God with them.
10 weeks ago I felt determined to be self-reliant. Today, I am trusting God.
10 weeks ago I was shy about sharing my faith and focused on people pleasing rather than pleasing God. Today I am more bold about sharing my faith and put God first. I've learned that if I pray before everything, I will hear God's voice and live in His will, not my own. I'm experiencing true freedom and joy in Christ.
10 weeks ago I was frustrated with God. Today, I am trusting that He is working all things for my good.
10 weeks ago, I felt lost in my faith. Today, I feel grounded, excited and have embraced God's love.
10 weeks ago my faith began to grow, but I had strongholds. Today, I have 10 new wonderful people in my life, my faith is strong, and I am free of my strongholds.
10 weeks ago I would come to church to hear a good message and move on with my week. Today, I have a community through church and am looking for more ways to grow my faith community.
10 weeks ago I felt lost, fragmented and overwhelmed. Today, I feel the value and purpose in surrendering to God.
10 weeks ago I felt lost and a little alone, unsure and worried about my future. Today, I know that I'm not alone - have faith that God's path will be my best future.