Whether you are new to faith, or just new to North Park, we believe that these foundational electives are pivotal to a basic understanding of faith and relating to others in the faith community. These foundations are not meant to suggest a “one size fits all” approach to spiritual growth. However, we do believe that many of the basics of the Christian faith are represented within this discipleship track. We offer these foundational electives with confidence to both new Christians and those who simply want to learn more about who they are in Christ.
All 6 of these electives will be offered at least once per year here at North Park. This fall, we are offering 4 of these 6 discipleship “foundations”.
Baptism Weekend (April 14-15)
At North Park, we practice believer’s baptism through immersion in water. This occurs after one has professed faith in Jesus Christ. Water baptism is a public proclamation that symbolically demonstrates what happens to us when Christ comes into our life. If you are interested in being baptized or simply would like to have a conversation about it to gain a better understanding, please join us at one of these two baptismal classes happening at North Park. Click here to register.
Saturday March 3, 9:30am Tuesday March 6, 6:30pm
Attending one of these classes is necessary in order to be baptized at North Park. We can share with you what North Park believes about baptism, hear your story of faith, and outline the practicalities of being baptized.
Knowing North Park (Two Tuesday Evenings – April 10 & 17, 7:00-9:00pm)
If you are new to North Park, or you have been attending North Park for many years, “Knowing North Park” is a fantastic way to learn more about what makes North Park unique and special.
This four hour experience will help you get a better understanding of North Park, how it operates, and how you can be a more integral part of it. This seminar is not only an excellent way for people to learn about the DNA of North Park, but it is also a valuable experience for those considering becoming members at North Park. Members have a unique opportunity to be part of the strategic decisions made at each year’s annual meeting in March.
Attending “Knowing North Park”, does not mean that one has to become a member. It is a safe place to understand what North Park is about and have your questions answered. If you decide to proceed with membership after this class, you will fill out an application and meet with someone from the Membership Team.
Sharing My Faith (Two Monday Evenings – April 30 & May 7, 7:00-9:00pm)
Regardless of whether you are a new believer or a seasoned Christian, learning how to share your faith with others is an essential foundation of the Christian journey.
The story we are hearing on Sundays is about God’s great love for us. Through His Son Jesus, we have received forgiveness, salvation, new life, and a place in His Kingdom forever. Could there be any better news than this? Wouldn’t it be great to share this with our families, friends, and neighbours? The problem is most of us feel inadequate and unprepared to communicate this message of God’s love.
That is why we want you to join us in learning simple steps pointing people to faith. One of these steps is being able to share your story of faith. Over two evenings, we will prepare our stories and learn how to share them. Sharing God’s story through our story is the best gift we can give to others. As Bill Hybels states, “possibly the greatest realization someone can make is this, ‘knowing my story fits into God’s greater story- and that’s the greatest story ever told”. Let’s get ready to tell the world!
Facilitators David and Lynda Cottrill will host this great learning event. They have been part of the North Park community for more than 10 years. David is part of the staff and oversees the work at the Life Resource Centre at Huron Heights Campus. Lynda is a registered nurse. They both have a deep desire to share their lives with their neighbours and through these friendships, share their love of Jesus. Join them in this interactive seminar and gain the skill and confidence to share your faith with others.
My Gifts | My Calling (Two Wednesday Evenings – April 18 & 25, 7:00-9:00pm)
We all have gifts and abilities that have been given to us by God. The problem is, too many of us go through life not knowing what our gifts are. Or, if we do realize the areas we have been gifted in, we may not know the best ways we can put these gifts to use in God’s Kingdom.
This elective will help you discern what gifts you have while hearing stories of how others are using those gifts to serve God.
Those who register for this elective will be sent links to three online “gift inventories” to be completed before the elective. This interactive workshop will help you interpret your results and provide you with the next steps based on your individual gifts.
My Daily Quiet Time (Thursday February 8, 7:00-8:30pm)
More than 350 North Parkers have now participated in this session over the past three years and many have found this a simple method to enrich their daily engagement with scripture.
The process is taught using the acronym S.O.A.P. (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer), and provides a framework that will guide your thinking and ensure that you can engage scripture consistently, leading to long-term life change.
Join Paul as he guides you through this easy to use yet profound learning method. Perhaps it will help you to invigorate your own daily quiet time and enhance both your knowledge and experience with scripture and your journey with Jesus.
Elective Leader: Paul McIlwraith
Paul has been the Teaching Pastor at North Park since February 2013. He holds a Master of Theological Studies from Tyndale Seminary in Toronto. He has his wife Carolyn have 4 grown children and a son-in-law.