DISCIPLESHIP IS ABOUT LIFE CHANGE
[ "It is only that He became like us that we can become like Him." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer ]
Connected to the forgiveness of Jesus discipleship is growing more and more into the likeness of Jesus, within the context of the loving, extended family of your local church. That's why at OSNY we place such a premium on MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES. They are the the place for life-changing relationships to form.
We've also outlined key steps that followers of Jesus, at OSNY, should aim for:
We baptize all ages at OSNY, from infants to elderly. All of us, regardless of age, are broken by sin and unable to save ourselves. Baptism is the means by which God mysteriously and officially connects us to the forgiveness of Jesus and marks us a member of His family. Your journey with Jesus--young or old--begins in baptism.
We celebrate baptism on the first Sunday of the month, as necessary. If you or someone you love needs to be baptized talk to your Missional Community leader who can help you arrange a baptism. Or, contact the church office: firstname.lastname@example.org to get signed up.
Our mission is simple: to be New York's neighborhood church. However, to accomplish it requires all of us, working together, to make it happen. Plus, serving in the mission is one of the primary ways to make friends and experience life change. We encourage everyone to find one place of primary service within the church and to take part in service outside of the church through your Missional Community.
Serving is open to and encouraged for all. For a list of serving areas within the church see SERVING. For current Missional Communities, where you'll find ways to serve our neighborhoods, see MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES.
At OSNY "membership" is really about ownership. It's about making a public commitment embracing the theology, vision, and mission of Our Saviour New York. Owners make a commitment to leverage the best of their time, talent and treasure to help move the mission of the church forward, living on the front lines of loving Jesus and serving others in New York City. Owners also form the voting body of OSNY which ultimately approves the direction of the church at an annual meeting, and it is a required step for anyone aspiring to the roles of elder or deacon.
Those seeking ownership take part in The Foundations Class, a 6 week class that offers an overview of our theology and mission, as well as the story of Our Saviour New York. After completing the class participants are then welcomed in to ownership at one of our weekend gathering.
For an upcoming Foundations Class see: EVENTS. Those unable to attend the Foundations Class can also walk through the process with their Parish Elder, at their own pace. For more information contact email@example.com.
Students, 6th - 8th grades are strongly encouraged to take part in the Confirmation Discipling Group. This 3 year journey offers students a chance to dig into the faith they've been baptized into and prepare for life as an adult follower of Jesus. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon being baptized into God's family, demonstrating ability and faithfulness through serving in God's mission, and taking an ownership stake in OSNY you are ready to aspire to leadership. At OSNY high-level leaders emerge in one, primary way: through discipling relationships within our Discipling Groups.
At the heart of every Missional Community are a handful of smaller gatherings called Discipling Groups, where men and women dig deep into what it means to follow Jesus. The commitment that's demonstrated and the life change that happens in this process points us toward emerging leaders ripe for key roles such as Discipling Group/Missional Community leaders, Elders, Deacons, and those who instigate our regular community outreaches that draw our neighbors into our doors to begin a journey of their own.