Begin Anew


Are there people in your congregation or community who are new to the Christian faith? Or who have been in the church for a long time and would like to grow in discipleship?

Begin Anew is a 16-session series of studies to make disciples in small groups and congregations.

Based on the idea that Christianity is a combination of believing, belonging, becoming and behaving,* the course is designed in a holistic way to bring about:

  • a clear faith in God as known in Jesus Christ,
  • a solid sense of belonging in a family of loving people, and
  • a disciplined lifestyle.

This new lifestyle leads to becoming joyfully involved in ministries in the church and in God’s mission in the world.

This discipleship resource is for anyone interested in growing in Christian faith from an Anabaptist perspective, regardless of their background or previous church experience.

Begin Anew is a joint project of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada. The sessions grew out of the congregational work and writing of the following individuals: Palmer Becker of Kitchener, Ont.; Howard Wagler of South Hutchinson, Kan.; and Mar­ion Bontrager of Hesston, Kan. Further work and testing was done with Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA national staff. The work of Pastor Rick Warren of Sad­dleback Church, Lake Forest, Calif., served as the inspiration for these materials.

—Terry Shue, director of leadership development for Mennonite Church USA; Dave Bergen, executive  minister of formation for Mennonite Church Canada

*Stuart Murray, Church after Christendom (Carlisle, U.K.: Paternoster, 2005). The author discusses the interaction of these elements that have become familiar in current discussions about faith, church, and mission.

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