At the heart of PACE is a ministry of love, vulnerability, acceptance and care for one another through spiritual friendships.
To develop spiritual friendships between members in Bartley on the basis of mutual love for Christ and towards a common purpose of growing together in Christ.
"Two people are better off than one, for the can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken."
Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12 (NLT)
HOW DOES PACE LOOK LIKE?
PACE Partnerships (PP) / Group (PG) should consist 3 people of the same gender. This group size for meaningful and deep relationships to be build within these spiritual friendships.
An easy way to remember how PACE can work is 3-2-1
Gather 3 people, meet for 2 hours at a time, 1 time every month.
Offering up prayers of thanksgiving and requests for
and with one another.
Keeping in touch with the life of another through honest
and vulnerable sharing of deep concerns and/or struggles.
Intentionally allowing yourself to be a vessel of God's love through practical means.
Sharing God's Word to encourage and
edify one another towards Christlikeness.
ASK God to lead you to a PP or a PG
APPROACH your friend(s) to PACE with you.
AGREE on and commit to:
a) the frequency of your PACE gatherings
b) being authentic and vulnerable in the sharing of your life with one another
c) praying for one another
d) keeping confidentiality