So, you’re one who’s looking for connection at church. You’re making the effort: You have a small group. You show up most Sundays. You engage in the worship, the teaching. But somehow, you’re not connecting with anybody. What’s the deal? Author and pastor Ben Connelly has some encouragement, actually a map. His latest book is A Field Guide to Genuine Community—25 Days & 101 Ways to Move from Façade to Family. Ben joins the team to talk about the upside of Covid; we’re willing to admit more than ever that we need each other.
Then, what genuine community looks like and how we get there—it has a lot to do with walking with fewer people more deeply. Next, it’s not about launching a new program, it’s about injecting one-another DNA. Then, maybe you’re afraid of getting too close, making yourself too vulnerable. Next, what genuine community for Ben and then for Perry looks like; it’s probably not what you think! Finally, we need to be intentional to connect in a large gathering, but it’s so much easier to run for the door when the large gathering is over!
Mary, the mother of Jesus was the most important human in the most earth-shaking event in history: Bringing the Messiah into the world. Which could make our calling feel insignificant. But Mary wasn’t super-human, she just humbly said yes to God. Like we can. And there’s so much MORE than that! Helping with the more is author and speaker, Marina Hofman (PhD) who teaches Bible and theology at Palm Beach Atlantic University. We discover from Mary the power of saying yes to God.
We see in her the call to be all in with God yet not have to be all put together. Other powerful take-aways: The same Spirit that conceived Jesus in Mary’s womb is at work in us. Mary walked out her enormous calling by taking the next step. Mary’s life calls us to a long obedience in the same direction. We too bear Christ to our world. When facing the impossible, trust God. And finally, as Mary was assured that “No word from God will ever fail,” we have the same assurance. If this encourages you, please share!
Perry LaHaie's passion is to know Jesus and make Him known. “I’m all in with Jesus but not all put together. I need Jesus right now as much as I did when I first started following Him!” Perry says. In addition to co-hosting Perry and Shawna Mornings, Perry is a singer, songwriter, recording artist, and advocate for those who haven’t yet heard the gospel, especially those in the Muslim world. Born and raised in northern Michigan, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a graduate degree in Cross- cultural Communications. Perry also serves with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his bride, Teresa, call Holland, Michigan home. They have two adult children, Kali and Taylor, and Taylor’s bride, Bri.
Shawna Beyer has a way of telling stories that create personal connection— to her, to one another, and to God. She has been a homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a consulting company, and church staff member. Though she’s been involved in ministry with her husband (Dan) in Iowa, Arizona, and now Michigan, she was born and raised in Southern California and as they say, “You can take the girl out of California . . .” She is mom to four grown kids (Bryn, Drayson, Eden, and Haven) who no longer need her but humor her anyway. Shawna is passionate about the rhythms we weave into the fabric of our lives to fall more in love with God each day. Healthy foods are her go-to, but she will abandon that whole track in a heartbeat for a homemade cinnamon roll like Grandma used to make.
Perry and Shawna Mornings helps start your day with heart-to-heart conversations, compelling guests, and songs reminding you that you are Abba’s child! You have been blessed to be a blessing, and you have been loved to share Jesus’ love!