Becoming a fully devoted follower of Christ is a life long process of spiritual growth.  The purpose of this  Spiritual Life Inventory (SLI) is to help you assess where you are now in your spiritual journey and map out some proactive steps forward.  Based on your responses to the following 36 statements, you will then be assisted to identify some next steps you can take to keep moving ahead toward spiritual maturity.  Honest responses will be most valuable to you in doing this self-assessment.

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Unfamiliar With Christ          

If your score on the Spiritual Life Inventory falls in this range, then the following is probably true in your life regarding spiritual things . . .  

"God is not really a significant factor in my daily life. I know little or nothing about Jesus Christ. I have not read the Bible or really had an inclination to do so. I have never or almost never been to church. If I pray, it is in an emergency and I am not sure it makes any difference. I am pretty sure that whatever someone believes is good as long as they are sincere and don’t infringe on the rights of others. This life is all there is. It is up to me to make the most of it. I set my priorities base on my experience, reason, and intuition. I believe hard work and diligence is the best way to get ahead.   Success in life is having a job I enjoy and making enough of an income to enjoy the things that matter to me. I am responsible to look after my own family and friends. I try to be a decent person and make a deliberate effort not to hurt others. If I have time, energy, and resources, I may also try to help others not related to me."

If the description above accurately describes you and you would like to take some steps forward in your spiritual journey, let us make the following suggestions . . .    

Join us for one of our Sunday gatherings in Vancouver at 9am, 11:15am or 6pm. Or at the Port Coquitlam location at 11:15.              
Check out the ALPHA or Starting Point courses, which are 10-week basic introductions to Christianity, held Wednesdays in the Fall and Winter.  We begin with supper at 6 pm and every night you have the opportunity to ask questions and explore spiritual questions.            
Read Mark or John’s story of Jesus from the Bible.  We are happy to provide you with a copy of the Bible if you need one. 

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Exploring Christ

If your score on the Spiritual Life Inventory falls in this range, then the following is probably true in your life regarding spiritual things . . .

"I believe there is a God out there somewhere. I have heard about Jesus Christ, but don’t really understand what he was all about.   I have heard or read the Bible a bit but find it all very confusing and hard to understand.  I occasionally attend church with friends or on special occasions.  I do pray when I’m stuck.  I believe there some kind of standard of right and wrong, even though many may disagree about what this means. I don’t really understand what it means to follow him, but I am interested.  I feel that there has to be more to life than just existing, working, and dying.  I set my priorities according to what I feel is the best for my family, myself, my friends, and my associates.  i believe that with  hard work and diligence, and a few breaks, I can keep moving forward.  Success in life is having good relationships, appreciation the world in which I live, having a job I can pour myself into, and enough resources to get by.  I want my life to count for something; for the world to be a better place because I have made a contribution. My friends and family are important to me.  I try to be a good employee or boss where I work and treat people decently.  I believe I should try and help others in need when I have opportunity and ability to do so."             
 
If the description above accurately describes you and you would like to take some steps forward in your spiritual journey, let us make the following suggestions:

Things you can do . . .            
Join us for one of our Sunday gatherings in Vancouver at 9 am, 11:15 am or 6 pm. Or in Port Coquitlam at 11:15 am.  
Read the Mark or John’s story of Jesus from the Bible. We are happy to provide you with a copy if you need one.  
Ask Jesus Christ to come into your life and commit yourself to follow him.  If you have decided to follow Jesus, then ask us about Baptism, which is the next step in your spiritual walk.    
Volunteer to help out with one of our ministries.  

Things you can join:
Check out the ALPHA and/or Starting Point courses.  They are 10-week basic introductions to Christianity, held Wednesdays in the Fall,  Winter, and Spring.  We begin with supper at 6 pm and every night you have the opportunity to ask questions and explore spiritual topics.
If you have already taken ALPHA, join us for one of are other spiritual growth  courses Wednesday Nights.
Take part in one our group based mid week ministries or cultural fellowships.

Things you can read:          
The Case for Christ – Lee Strobel             
Mere Christianity –C. S. Lewis        
Questions of Life – Nicky Gumbel          
Simply Christian – N. T. Wright  

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Beginning In Christ     

       If your score on the Spiritual Life Inventory falls in this range, then the following is probably true in your life regarding spiritual things . . .

"I have made a decision to follow Christ and I want to learn what this means for the way I live my life.  There is a lot I don’t know and don’t quite understand, but I want to know how to get closer to God and grow in healthy relationships with others.  I am reading the Bible and praying, but not as consistently as I would like to.  I attend church when I can.  I have helped out in a couple of areas of the church’s activities or at least want to.  I have a lot of questions but feel I am in the right place to pursue the answers. I believe that God has a purpose for my life.  I take personal responsibility for my life decisions and try to make the best ones I can.   I want to live my life in a way that pleases God and benefits others.  My priorities are based on what I have learned from life and now, increasingly, from the Bible.  I am trying to make more and more good decisions with God’s help.  I want to make a moral difference where I work and play through living a life of integrity and character.  I realize I need others to help me grow spiritually and am willing to get together with others to explore how to follow Jesus better."
            
If the description above accurately describes you and you would like to take some steps forward in your spiritual journey, let us make the following suggestions:

Things you can do . . .    
Begin a habit of reading the Bible and praying on a daily basis.  Our STEP Journal can help you develop a regular time of being with and listening to God.
Begin a habit of spiritual reading.  We can help you get started.
Get involved with one our regular activities as a volunteer.  
Be baptized if you have not already taken this step.  We have baptismal classes the second Sunday of every month at 10:15 am.
You can seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit. 

Things you can join:
Join us for one of our Sunday gatherings in Vancouver at 9 am, 11:15 am or 6 pm. Or in Port Coquitlam at 11:15am. Attend one of our Sunday Morning discipleship classes at 10:15 am (in Vancouver) Get involved in one of our Mid Week Night discipleship classes. We begin with supper at 6 pm and every night has opportunity to ask questions and explore spiritual topics.
Join a small home/office based group.
Attend the next Holy Spirit & You Weekend offered every fall and spring.  

Things you can read . . .    
Loving God Up Close – Calvin Miller          
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth – Gordon Fee & James Stuart    
The Divine Mentor – Wayne Cordeiro        
Life Worth Living – Nicky Gumbel            
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality – Peter Scazerro          
Challenging Lifestyle – Nicky Gumbel          
The Power of a Whisper – Bill Hybels
Invitation to a Journey – M. Robert Mulholland Jr.    

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Growing In Christ

If your score on the Spiritual Life Inventory fell in this range, then the following is probably true in your life regarding spiritual things . . .

"I am committed to following Jesus and my relationship with God is grounded and growing.  I have established regular habits of participating in worship, reading and reflecting on the Bible and prayer.   I occasionally feel a strong sense God’s presence in these moments.   More and more, the Bible’s teaching is shaping my view of the world and how I live my life in it.  I feel God has a mission for my life for which I must apply my time, talent, and resources. I  am actively pursuing God’s will for my life, although there are still times when I find it hard not to take matters into my own hands in the ever day of life, work, and relationships.  There is much of my life over which Jesus is my leader, but there are still some areas I find hard to let out of my control. Friends have become very important to me, especially those who encourage and help me to grow spiritually.  I enjoy larger groups, but often benefit most in a group of two or three others with whom I can safely be myself and discuss the real issues of our lives.  I actively seek out ways to serve others both inside the church and/or beyond."
    
If the description above accurately describes you and you would like to take some steps forward in your spiritual journey, let us make the following suggestion:

Things you can do . . .    
Grow your habit of reading the Bible and praying on a daily basis. 
Our STEP Journal can track what God is saying to you though his written Word. Begin a habit of spiritual reading.  We can help you get started.  Note the reading suggestions below. Many of these titles are available for loan from our Timber Book Library.  
Get involved with one our regular activities as a volunteer.  
Take advantage of our leadership training opportunities.  Become a leader or coordinator. 

Things you can join:
Join us for one of our Sunday gatherings in Vancouver at 9 am, 11:15 am or 6 pm. Or at our Port Coquitlam location at 11:15 am. Attend one of our Sunday Adult bible class at 10:15 am or 5pm. (in Vancouver).
Get involved in one of Wednesday (Vancouver) or Thursday (Port Coquitlam) Night discipleship classes. We begin with supper at 6 pm and every night has opportunity to ask questions and explore spiritual questions.  
Ask about joining a small group.
Join a mission or prayer team.  

Things you can read:
A Fellowship of Differents - Scot McKnight
The Good & Beautiful God – James Smith    
The Good & Beautiful Life – James Smith    
The Good & Beautiful Community – James Smith    
Eat this Book – Eugene Peterson    
The Jesus Creed – Scot McKnight    
Shaped by the Word – M. Robert Mulholland Jr.  

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Centered In Christ        

        If your score on the Spiritual Life Inventory fell in this range, then the following is probably true in your life regarding spiritual things . . .

"Following Jesus defines my life, my work, and my relationships.  My life noticeably resembles his life.  I have established steady patterns of spiritual practices that keep me close to God and in touch with his heart for others.  I seek God’s guidance in all I do and often experience the sense of his presence.  Prayer has become more of a conversation with God.  The Bible informs and inspires my life so that I continually seek to read, understand, and live it.  I believe my life is something God has given me in order to serve him and others.  All of my decisions flow from this center.  Amid all I do, pleasing him is the motivation for my life.  Making a difference in the lives of others, whether they are my family, friends, or foes, is my highest calling and I am actively involved in using my talent, gifts, time, opportunities, energies, and resources in doing that.  I have a longing for people to become more like Christ and become engaged in his mission in the world."           

If the description above accurately describes you and you would like to take some steps forward in your spiritual journey, let us make the following suggestions:

Things you can do:
Expand your habit of reading the Bible and praying on a daily basis.  Our STEP Journal can help you track what God is saying to you through the Scripture and record your responses.
Continue the habit of spiritual reading.
Seek out a spiritual director or mentor.
Get involved in leading and mentoring others to become fully devoted followers of Jesus through one of our discipleship ministries.
Start a new ministry in or out of the church.  
Explore becoming a mentor or coach.
Lead a mission or prayer team. 

Things you can join:
Join us for one of our Sunday gatherings in Vancouver at 9 am 1:15 am or 6pm. Or in Port Coquitlam at 11:15. Attend one of our Sunday Morning Discipleship classes at 10:15 am at either of our campuses.  Gather a group of like minded others who want to grow in their relationship and obedience to Christ.

Things you can read:
Sacred Rhythms – Ruth H. Barton  
Sacred Companions – David Benner          
Sacred Pathways – Gary Thomas          
The Deeper Journey – M. Robert Mulholland Jr. 
The Disciple Makers Handbook - B. Harrington & J. Patrick    

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