We are a church that is energized by lively engagement in our faith and life. “Our faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing,” said Martin Luther. Faith Practices are ways to live out our faith as we grow in our discipleship.
In 2000, the ELCA introduced a Faith Practices Initiative called, “Living the Faith – Call to Discipleship.” From that program came the following Seven Faith Practices to guide our discipleship:
These seven practices are at the core of what Discipleship Academy is about. The core courses of this effort closely match these faith practices. Each Discipleship Academy session contains a practice component to help people live out their faith.
The holistic small group format is designed to provide a safe space where people can invite others to learn about a life following Jesus Christ. Prayer is modeled and taught and small groups provide a non-threatening environment for people to try praying out loud with others for the first time. Each meeting is grounded in a passage of Scripture for people to study in a deeper way. Creative expressions of small group worship are used to understand that worship is more than an hour on Sunday morning. It is our hope that disciples will be encouraged to live out their faith in a more intentional way. This way disciples are formed to go out and serve their church, local community and world.
– See more at: http://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Congregations-and-Synods/Faith-Practices