For information about what to expect on your first Sunday at Hershey Free Church, explore our I’m New page.
Hershey Free Church is part of a larger association, the Evangelical Free Church of America. As a denomination, “We are a community of believers who are committed to Jesus Christ, the gospel and to one another. Connected by our theological convictions, we exist to glorify God and multiply transformational churches among all people.”
The following links will provide info about the EFCA and the Eastern District of the EFCA.
Living with Jesus, Loving like Jesus, and Leading Others to Do the Same
The invitation of Jesus is to become his disciple and follow his way of life. At Hershey Free Church, we define it this way: A disciple is someone who lives with Jesus, loves like Jesus, and leads others to do the same. What does this look like?
Living with Jesus is not merely practicing habits of Bible study and prayer out of duty. Rather it is taking the time to be with Jesus through reflecting on his Word to us and creating space to hear the Spirit speaking to us. It is intentionally developing habits that help us know Jesus better and become more like him.
Loving like Jesus flows naturally from being with him. As we receive his gift of love, we give it out of the overflow of what we have received from him. As we become more and more aware of his great love to us, we intentionally look for opportunities to give that love away.
Leading others to do the same is a result of the joy we experience in our relationship with Jesus. Out of that relationship, we intentionally engage others in our spheres of influence to take next steps in living with Jesus and loving like Jesus.
We weren’t designed to do life alone. Other people encourage, strengthen and sharpen us. In a large church like ours, we know how important it is to be able to connect in smaller groups. Live/Love/Lead Groups are designed to facilitate engagement in community with God and one another in a way that fosters life transformation.
Twice a year we have Starter Live/Love/Lead groups which meet several times and give you an opportunity to test out this group experience. Our next Starter Live/Love/Lead group enrollment will begin Sunday, February 9 at 6 PM in the Core Cafe. There you can meet other people from your area and experience what it’s like to be in a group. Questions? Contact Deb Hinkel or Nik Schatz.