Terms like discipleship, catechesis, and equipping are often used to describe the process of spiritual formation. Our Lord has taught us that we are to daily take up the cross and follow Him. Adopting the responsibilities around us are marks of growing into maturity. Spiritual formation cohorts at Ascension are designed to help God's people grow and develop into mature Christians who are engaged in the world around us.
There are various ministries presently active at Ascension, and each one has a different focus to help those involved grow, serve, and be encouraged in a life of daily disicpleship.
Empowered for Mission and Service
After every Eucharist, we pray, "send us out into the world to do the work you have called us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord."
Our Lord promised that the Holy Spirit would baptize, fill, empower, and cloth us with needed divine power to live as his witnesses. This power is to strengthen us for holy living and confidence in sharing the Gospel of God in power with love.
This house meets for lessons on topics about spiritual empowerment, following the lines of confession from the Apostles Creed. Smaller cohorts meet to pray together and discuss the weekly lesson. Lessons are designed around 8 week semesters.
Prayer, Service, Study, & Evangelism
The Order of the Daughters of the Holy Cross is composed of women who have committed their lives to the work and service of our Lord Jesus Christ. They pray daily for the church, the clergy, the Order, and others in need.
With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, they reach out to those who do not know Jesus, sharing His message of salvation through word and deed.
The Order provides a community in which women can fulfill a lifetime vow to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Order's four-fold vow consists of Prayer, Service, Study and Evangelism. We expect and assist each member to earnestly develop and practice each of these areas.
Discerning A Call to Holy Orders
Those men who sense a call to vocational service into Ordained ministry become part of a house of formation that focuses on the qualities, skills, and characteristics needed to leadership in the Church.
Cohorts can last up to 2 years, including things care for poor, catechizing youth and adults, evangelistic outreach, public reading of Scripture, and leading prayer ministry.
Those who have a stronger sense of vocation are provided with a Church Discernment Committee who may recommend the aspirants for Holy Orders.