Discipling

Discipling, by Mark Dever, was written to “help you understand biblical discipling and to encourage you in your obedience to Christ.” Dever uses simple wording to help us see how simple discipling is. Discipling states that knowing how to disciple is knowing “how to help others follow Jesus.” This is by way of doing “deliberate spiritual good;” thus we see discipling won’t occur by a fluke, so preparation is necessary.

 

Among Parkwood staff, the consensus is that there is no other book on the command of the Great Commission–make disciples–that is this clear and immediately helpful. The Bible teaches the church is the natural environment for discipling, so recommending for all Growth Groups to study this book, we pray, will result in intentional, deliberate spiritual good to abound. Discussion guides will be made available in the same way as sermon-based material is provided (The City, our website, and the Worship Center Lobby). These books will continually be available in the lobby for a recommended $5 donation.

 

Recommended discussion schedule: [Read more…]

3 Ways to be Involved With PCO

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Parkwood Community Outreach (PCO) is a volunteer-led ministry of Parkwood aiming to share the Gospel with those in our community. PCO provides basic, non-perishable food items and clothing to meet needs of those who find themselves in hardships or difficult financial situations. The Gospel is shared each time an individual or family is helped. PCO is not the only way Parkwood ministers to our community, but PCO is dependent upon Parkwood members helping in these primary ways:

 

  • Refer. Christians ought to walk carefully day-by-day, making the best use of time. (Eph. 5:15-16) This necessitates an awareness of the situations of those God has sovereignly placed around us. Since hardship finds its way into everyone’s lives, we must persistently seek ways to alleviate suffering with Gospel acts and proclamations. As a member, you can recommend those in your life to receive PCO assistance. [Read more…]

6 Reasons for Titus 2

Titus 2:3  3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

Parkwood’s Women’s Ministry is re-launching beginning with training October 21-22 at the Porch. Women will hear the new vision and direction of this ministry and learn how they can be a part. You may ask yourself, “Is this just one more thing asking for my time?” In this day and age, anyone can come up with a mile-long list of current obligations and regular activities, but here are 6 reasons for you to consider why you or the women in your life ought to be involved with Titus 2 Women’s Ministry: 

 

  1. Sound doctrine must be taught. “Teach what is good” (Titus 2:3) is a profound command. Mark Dever says discipling, at its core, is teaching. This ministry will and must be centered on rich, practical, biblical truths. There is no better focus. [Read more…]

Parkwood EQUIP

Our purpose is to Glorify God while laboring together for the Growth of all

believers while Going with the gospel to all people(s).

EQUIP is the main tool through which Parkwood trains and equips leaders forthe work of ministry. Specifically, EQUIP will be accomplished through Pastoral oversight by means of strategic coaching and equipping of leaders for the work of ministry (intentional leadership training).

In keeping with the teaching of Ephesians 4:12, we seek to “equip the saints for the work of ministry.” This means that as your pastors, we are to be equipping and teaching you to be successful in the work of ministry. This involves every aspect of our lives. It means that God has called us to intentional living for His glory. Equipping/discipling ‘as we go.’  EQUIP will function as Parkwood’s primary method for carrying out the mandate given in Ephesians 4:12.

EQUIP will function in two major categories:

1. For the growth of all believers. EQUIP will encourage growth strengthening Growth Group leadership through direct pastoral discipleship as it regards to personal disciple-making, doctrinal training, missional training, and leadership development. EQUIP will incorporate occasional, specific studies led by Growth Group Leaders with pastoral oversight. The 4 areas these studies will fall under are: [Read more…]