As a community, our desire is to live the way of Jesus. One of the ways we work to do that is by questioning and learning together through a series of special events. We hope that these events will lead us to take the next step in our faith journeys, help us understand that we belong to each other, and challenge us to face difficult conversations head on.

Upcoming Events

There are currently no upcoming Way Series events. However, we highly recommend that you attend our Learning Labs.

 

Previous Way Series Events

2017

“Once upon a time, you had it all beautifully sorted out. Then you didn’t.” – Sarah Bessey

If that sounds like your faith journey—you’re not alone. Deconstruction can be a scary place for a believer but there is holy permission to lean into it. There are plenty of us out here reimagining, rethinking, reevaluating, restarting. So on Saturday, February 18 we gathered with Sarah Bessey—author, preacher, and self-proclaimed “recovering know-it-all”—to learn how to be comfortable with uncertainty, how to hold the questions in one hand and answers in the other, how to discover new depths of faith that will remain secure even through disruption, and ultimately receive permission to find and follow Jesus again.

Weren’t able to attend or want a refresher? Watch the video now >


SPEAKER BIO: 

promo-picture-sarah-bessey-med-rezSarah Bessey
The author of Jesus Feminist and Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith, Sarah Bessey writes about intersections of a spirit-filled life in her books and on her well-known blog and is a self-proclaimed “recovering know-it-all”. We can’t wait for her to join us. In the meantime, meet Sarah.

In this follow-up seminar to The Enneagram + The Way of Jesus, our Lead Pastor, AJ Sherrill, led our community in developing a formational pathway to enter into spiritual practices based on their Enneagram personality type.

Weren’t able to attend or want a refresher? Watch the video now >

2016

Join us on Saturday, January 23 from 7-9pm for The Way Series: On Being Brave with Glennon Doyle Melton.  Doors open at 6:30pm for this special women’s event. Cost is $15, which includes coffee + dessert.

Everyone’s welcome so invite your friends and join us at
Mars Hill Bible Church,
3501 Fairlanes Ave SW,
Grandville, MI 49418

Carry On, Warrior will be available for purchase at the event. Please note, however, that childcare will not be provided.

Plus, be sure to plan to join us at our 9am or 11am Sunday Gatherings on Jan 24 to hear Glennon teach as a part of our Metamorphei series.

THANK YOU TO THE 2200 WOMEN THAT JOINED US FOR THIS GREAT EVENT. THIS EVENT WAS NOT RECORDED.

Why does divorce cause so much strain and long-term distress for children of all ages? Dr. Andrew Root, a recognized authority on youth and family ministry and a child of divorce himself, believes that divorce causes children to question their core identity. Since a child is the product of the union of a mother and father, when that union ends, he or she experiences a baffling sense of loss of self, a loss of his or her very sense of being. Root redirects efforts for assisting children of divorce to first address this fundamental experience. This unique seminar examined the impact of divorce not only from a theological and spiritual perspective, but also from a young person’s perspective. This conversation will benefit those who have experienced divorce as a child and/or a parent, and those who minister to and care for children of divorce.

If you were unable to attend or would like to review what was presented, click the links below to watch the sessions online.

Watch Session One on Vimeo >

Watch Q + A on Vimeo >

SPEAKER BIO
Andrew Root, PhD (Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary, and is the author of multiple books. Andy has worked in congregations, parachurch ministries, and social service programs. He lives in St. Paul with his wife Kara, two children, Owen and Maisy, and their two dogs. When not reading, writing, or teaching, Andy spends far too much time watching TV and movies.

The idea of marriage is bright and shiny. But the reality of marriage is a more complex cocktail of possibility and disappointment, fear and hope, brokenness and beauty. In this half-day workshop we will take a realistic look at marriage, both theologically and practically. Together we’ll move past seeing marriage as an idealistic fantasy, and explore it as a relationship that creates space for sharing deeply in each other’s personhood.

Kara and Andrew Root are not marriage experts. They are co-learners on the path of loving and supporting each other through petty disagreements, busy schedules, parenting challenges, vocational journeys, and fundamental personality differences. Married for 16 years, this pastor and professor bring theological and ministerial insights on the shape and impact of relationships with honesty and humanity.

This experience is designed for those who are married or in a committed relationship. We highly recommend couples participate together, however, individuals are welcome to participate as well.

If you were unable to attend or would like to review what was presented, click the links below to watch the sessions online.

Watch Session One on Vimeo >

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Watch Session Three on Vimeo >

Watch Closing Remarks on Vimeo >

SPEAKER BIOS
Andrew Root, PhD [Princeton Theological Seminary] is the Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary, and is the author of multiple books. Andy has worked in congregations, parachurch ministries, and social service programs. He lives in St. Paul with his wife Kara, two children, Owen and Maisy, and their two dogs. When not reading, writing, or teaching, Andy spends far too much time watching TV and movies.

Kara Root is the Pastor of Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, a trained spiritual director, and certified Christian Educator. She is the mom of two imaginative kids and two unruly dogs, and the wife and proofreader of a wily theologian. Kara leads retreats on Sabbath-keeping and blogs about ministry and motherhood at “in the hereandnow.”

Are You Dangerously Tired?
In today’s fast-paced culture, there is often little uncluttered space for God, few rhythms of rest that honor our human finiteness, and little courage to say no to lesser things in order to say yes to what really matters. The result is a level of exhaustion and spiritual depletion that many of us have come to accept as being normal and few of us know how to combat. In this seminar/retreat, we will explore the difference between being “good tired” and “dangerously tired.” We will also explore the spiritual practices of simplicity, Sabbath and saying no as concrete ways of establishing life rhythms that will help us to maintain spiritual vitality over the long haul.

SPEAKER BIO:

ruth-smallDr. Ruth Haley Barton (Doctor of Divinity, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary) is founder of the Transforming Center in Wheaton, Illinois. Trained at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and the Loyola University Chicago Institute for Pastoral Studies, she is a seasoned spiritual director, teacher and retreat leader. She has served on the pastoral staff of several churches including Willow Creek, is Professor of Spiritual Transformation at Northern Seminary, and the author of spiritual formation books and resources, including Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups (June, 2012), Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, Sacred Rhythms, and Invitation to Solitude and Silence.

On Dec 3, we explored what it means to dig into our humanity through personality. Author and speaker, Mark Scandrette lead this examination of Enneagram personality theory.

The Enneagram is a personality typing system that consists of nine different types.The nine types (or “enneatypes”, “ennea” means “nine”) are universally identified by the numbers 1 to 9. Everyone is considered to be one single type, although one can have traits belonging to other ones. While it’s uncertain whether this type is genetically determined, many believe it is already in place at birth. Intrigued? You can learn more about the Enneagram here, however, no prior Enneagram experience is needed, as participants learn and assess their “type” in this 4-hour seminar.

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A follow up seminar in Winter 2017, entitled Creating Spiritual Practices, will allow participants to develop a formational pathway in which they will be able to enter into spiritual practices based on their personality.

SPEAKER BIO:
marksMark Scandrette
A former pastor and community development worker, Mark Scandrette is an author, speaker, activist and networker among innovative Christian leaders. His books include Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life together in the Kingdom of Love, and Soul Graffiti: Making A Life Together in the Way of Jesus. He is a contributing author to books including, An Emergent Manifesto of Hope, Community of Kindness and The Relevant Church. Mark is the founding director of ReIMAGINE: A Center for Life Integration based in San Francisco (www.reimagine.org), where he leads an annual series of retreats, Learning Labs and projects designed to help participants integrate the teachings of Jesus into all aspects of life through shared practices and intentional community experiments. He and his wife Lisa and their three children live in the Mission District of San Francisco.

2015

We are designed by God to yearn for connection with others, to know and be known, and to be caught up in tasting and seeing the goodness of God. We were created with desire. And it is our desire for union, for the deepest level of intimacy that is most obscured by petty desires, or assaulted through our struggles with sexuality.

If we are to grow in the passion that God made us for, we must wade deeply into how evil has worked to steal, kill, or mar our hunger for the pleasure of intimacy, and then reclaim and bless our body, heart, and mind for all that we have been created to enjoy.

A continuation of Dan Allender’s teaching on Pursuing Health in our Intimate Relationships, The Design of Desire will focus more specifically on redeeming our sexuality. All are invited to watch the video now, however, due to the nature of the topic, parents are encourage to evaluate whether or not they feel this would be appropriate for their whole family.

One of the ways we grow spiritually is by naming what is. To help us do that, we’ve invited Dan Allender here for a special men’s breakfast event where we’ll name what is “unique” about the male journey—all the joys and struggles—especially as it relates to being a a male in our world today. With over 200 men from our community, we explored what it could look like to walk through our experiences and towards health and wholeness. If you were unable to attend or would like to review what was presented, click the links below to watch the sessions online.

Watch Session One on Vimeo >

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Watch Session Three on Vimeo >

Former advisor to two of our United States Presidents, as well as the founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, Dr. Tony Campolo has written more than 35 books. For over 10 years, however, he’s also been quite well-known for a conversation with his wife, Peggy.

You’re invited to join us as we listen in on this conversation where Tony, a long-time advocate for the traditional view of marriage + Peggy Campolo, a minister and gay rights activist, discuss divergent views on gay sexuality and the church, and how we as a community might build bridges of understanding among us so that we may grow in a spirit of grace and humility towards each other and our neighbor.

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2014

We all crave intimacy—with God and with others. So what does God’s design for intimate relationships look like? During this event, Dan Allender, former President of The Seattle School of Theology + Psychology, and author of numerous books, led us in a discussion on Pursuing Health In Intimate Relationships. Together, we took a fresh look at God’s design for healthy dating and marriage relationships and how we can pursue wholeness in those areas of our lives.

We know digital screens, social media, and the hyper-connected technological age we live in shapes our experience of the world, but what about our relationships with God, each other, and creation?

People all across the world are asking difficult questions about the role of digital screens and social media in the shaping of our faith and relationships. So as a community, we want to enter into those conversations, as well. We invite you to watch Screen Time: Technology in a Sacred Universe
with Dr. Craig Detweiler now.

Craig Detweiler is Professor of Communication at Pepperdine University, filmmaker, and author of iGods: How Technology Shapes our Social and Spiritual Lives—Craig Detweiler. This talk is designed for adolescents, emerging adults, and adults, and will provide a “big picture” discussion of this topic, as well as practical tips and ideas for individuals and families.