WHAT IS KINGDOM CULTURE?
Kingdom Culture is our discipleship pathway. It is the primary method by which we will make disciples and develop leaders within our church who carry our heart for the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God. To register for Kingdom Culture classes, check out our Events page.
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18
WHAT DOES THE PATHWAY LOOK LIKE?
Kingdom Culture is a 2-3 year adventure that is broken up into 6-week tracks that deal with some of the most important aspects of the Christian life. Here is a breakdown of the pathway:
Kingdom Culture tracks are dedicated to helping our people establish a strong foundation in their faith. There are six tracks, each lasting six weeks. They can be taken in any order after completing Intro to Kingdom Culture.
Intro to Kingdom Culture* - In this track we will introduce the basics of Christianity and will cover topics such as: the Gospel of the Kingdom, The Father’s Heart, Jesus our King, New Creations in Christ, Empowered by the Holy Spirit, and the Bride and the Battle. *Prerequisite for all other tracks and required for membership at MCC.
The Story of God - In this track, we will gain a deeper understanding of the big picture storyline of the Bible, as well as learn how to read the Bible for encounter. We will also provide a clear structure for how to study the Bible book by book.
Spiritual Disciplines - In this track, we will learn about and experience the ancient Biblical spiritual disciplines, which are a vital part of connecting with the Lord in a personal way.
Stewardship - In this track, we will be challenged to steward everything that the Lord has entrusted to us for His glory.
Our Values - In this training, we will continue to develop the culture of the Kingdom through communicating and practicing the values of MCC. We can’t wait to see these values become woven throughout the hearts of the people in this church community to transform homes, Charlotte and the world!
Becoming Whole - In this track we look at what it means to pursue wholeness in body, soul, and spirit. We will cover topics such as identity, soul care, the mind, will, and emotions, physical health, and more.
Spiritual Warfare - In this track we will outline the foundations of spiritual warfare. We want to pursue more and more freedom so that we might walk in all that Jesus accomplished for us on the cross.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WHEN I ATTEND KINGDOM CULTURE?
These tracks will take place in a large group setting with 6-8 people at round tables so that we can have more personal discussions throughout our time together. Our interactions will be aimed at the heart, not just the head. In other words, the goal is not to teach people mere information, but to create an environment where people encounter the Lord and have their lives changed. We believe this happens through the Word of God, in the Presence of God (the Holy Spirit), and alongside a community of believers who can encourage one another and spur each other on toward love and good deeds.
WHY IS MCC PURSUING THIS TYPE OF DISCIPLESHIP AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT?
There are many reasons to have an intentional structure for discipleship and leadership development within the local body. Some of those reasons include:
We are trying to create a culture within our church that reflects the Kingdom of God. This process allows us to share our heart, our convictions, and our DNA with our people so that individuals can rise up and take part in helping us build this culture.
Most believers do not have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of the Christian faith, which leads to a weak foundation. Churches must be intentional in helping people establish this foundation in order to build their lives upon the rock of Jesus Christ.
It is helpful for us to see the end goal and the “big picture” before we enter into a discipleship process. This way we know what we are aiming for and what our “next step” is in the process.
Discipleship and leadership development do not happen overnight. We must be committed to this process and have a plan if we are going to grow, and the church should help provide that structure.
This structure will allow families to grow together, as this material will be used with students, adults, and, in some ways, children’s ministry.
The typical strategy of the American church where people attend church on Sundays and are a part of some type of group has not proven to be the most effective model for growth and leadership development within local churches. We need more intentionality and we feel that this process will play a significant role in helping people mature in their faith, be developed as leaders, and bless the community around them.
This model seeks to put ministry in the hands of the people and allow them to lead out as we continue to reach more people in our city. It is a practical way to equip the saints for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12, 2 Timothy 2:1-2, 1 Peter 2:9, Matthew 28:18-20).
WHY PARTICIPATE IN KINGDOM CULTURE?
There’s no requirement for members to continue with Kingdom Culture tracks after completing Intro to Kingdom Culture, however, some of the benefits of participating in all that Kingdom Culture has to offer include cultivating intimacy with God and activating your true identity while practically applying biblical principles. You’ll also form spiritual friendships, grow in wisdom, and gain knowledge. But most of all, you’ll experience discipleship in community while personally encountering God.
Finally, Kingdom Culture participation is one of the foremost indicators MCC employs to gauge potential leaders within the body. Consistent participation in this pathway shows great faithfulness to the local church and that is greatly valued and recognized!