Charting Your Course in the Living Water

Charting Your Course in the Living Water

In keeping with the mission of the United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world, in 2014, the United Methodist Church of the Dunes (UMCoD) committed to the development of an intentional system for forming disciples.

In 2015, 12 persons diverse in gender and age, committed to the UMCoD, active in discipleship, passionate about the mission of UMCoD, conciliator and reconciler, stepped forward to assess the current process, dream what might be possible, and build on the many ways we help persons come to and grow in the Christian faith.

As a result, Charting Your Course in the Living Water was created as a map for faith development.
Scroll down below the FAQ to start your course!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)                                                                    

Why do we need a map for faith development?

A map is a helpful guide when charting a course.  It can help you determine where you are, suggest options and next steps, and help guide you to your goal. While it is not a linear path that must be walked by all disciples, it is based on John Wesley’s understanding of grace and the need for different levels of support at different stages of faith development to make it simple for you to identify next steps in your faith journey through hospitality, worship, learning, service and generosity.

Who uses the map?

Individual adults wondering how they can grow in their faith; visitors to our church building, website, worship services; planners, leaders, teachers, committees and commissions.  Adults attending the UMCoD may wonder how they can grow in their faith.  The mapping project is a way of discerning and visualizing how a person can grow in this way.

Who was involved in creating this?

The 12 persons involved in the assessment include:  Ann Boonstra, Gay Cole, Bill DeBone, Kris DeVries, Bron Kram, Kris Mestrom, Doug Mitchell, Dave Parsons, Tina Zellman, Rev. Eldon Eldred, Paul Martin, and Pastor Glenn Wagner.  Implementation is being conducted by the Adult Council.

What is included in the map?

The map is a visualization of common stages of faith development, or waypoints, and the types of activities, or elements, that are commonly engaged in during those stages.  While no two paths are ever the same in faith development, sharing some common experiences can help those who may feel unguided or in need of inspiration or direction.

Where is the map located? Where can I see a larger version?

The map is found in use by staff and volunteers of the church to communicate to the membership how certain activities fit into faith development.  It is located on the webpage (continue to scroll down), in significant planning documents for educational offerings, and a larger version is posted in the church corridor.

When is the map used?

The map can be accessed any time by anyone.

How is the map used?

While it is near impossible to include every single opportunity available at Church of the Dunes, the majority of activities/elements for faith development are categorized by their “entry point.”  Also available is a “Waypoints of Faith” to help identify your stage of faith.  The map suggests next steps in your faith journey, and can be accessed online, in print form, or on the office hallway bulletin board.

Who do I contact with questions?

If you have any questions about the map for faith development, contact Kris DeVries, at 616-842-7980 ext 23 or email:


Waypoints of Faith

Step one: review the questions below, and identify which stage(s) resonate(s) the most with you.


Charting Your Course in the Living Water Waypoints of Faith

Elements of Discipleship

Step two: review the options below, and choose an element(s) of discipleship to explore in the areas of hospitality, worship, faith development, mission and service and generosity.

As new options are announced, look for the identifier (Toe in, Wading Deeper, Swimming or Tending the Lighthouse).


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