The mission of All Saints Church is to become and make disciples of Jesus—people who worship God in spirit and truth, who grow together in mutual love and ministry, and who bring the gospel to our community in word and deed.
Small groups at All Saints Church, called 242 Groups, are essential in realizing the mission of the church. They are the essential vehicle for intentional discipleship at All Saints Church. 242 Groups are modeled on the description in Acts 2:42-47 of the rich community the early Christians shared. These groups are small and interactive, promoting transparency and offering accountability. They foster reading and studying the bible, and through them we can learn together what God has done, is doing, and will continue to do through Jesus Christ and the work of his Spirit. We pray together, sharing the concerns and praises that arise as we journey with Christ in our everyday lives. We also serve each other and the wider community, discovering and sharing the grace and love given to us by God in Jesus. To learn more about 242 Groups, click here.
All Saints Church plans and hosts Discipleship Weekends twice a year. These church-wide gatherings offer an opportunity for the church to come together to worship, hear a speaker, and interact with each another as we explore our Christian faith.
Fall 2011 Discipleship Weekend (November 11–13, 2011)
With Author and Speaker Mark Galli
For our Fall 2011 Discipleship Weekend, All Saints Church had the pleasure of hosting Mark Galli (M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary), senior managing editor of Christianity Today. A former Presbyterian minister, he is the author or editor of a number of books, including Jesus Mean and Wild, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Prayer, Beyond Smells and Bells, and 131 Christians Everyone Should Know. Galli is an Anglican who worships and serves at Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, Illinois.
As Anglicans we believe we are transformed more and more into the likeness of Jesus as we worship together and receive the Word and the Sacrament. In short, discipleship happens as we participate in the liturgy: listening to the Word and wrestling with its meaning for us today, confessing our sins, receiving absolution, and coming forward and kneeling to receive the body and blood of Jesus.
Discipleship Essentials at All Saints Church
We have identified the core commitments and practices of a disciple at All Saints Church, and we seek to shape all of our ministry and activity around these as we intentionally disciple children, youth, and adults. Growing disciples of Jesus Christ have made and are growing in three core commitments:
1. Following Jesus (Luke 9:23ff)
2. Abiding in Christ (John 15)
3. Walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16)
Mature disciples of Jesus also grow and form their life through the following four core practices:
1. Prayer and intimacy with Jesus
2. Bible reading and study
3. Trust, obedience, and faith
4. Loving and serving others (through spiritual gifts, mission, ministry, and stewardship)
These lists are by no means exhaustive, but they serve as our essentials in discipleship. We seek to explore them at greater and greater depth and from a multiplicity of angles and perspectives in all that we teach and do at All Saints Church. Spiritual growth is mysterious and the work of the Holy Spirit, but we aim to be faithful and intentional as we teach and model the Christian life to children, youth, and adults.