If you’re considering implementing EHS into your church, you need to know two important things. First of all, know that EHS is not a silver bullet or a one-time shot in the arm. It’s a discipleship structure that must be continually embedded in the life of your church. Everyone in your church, from your staff team to your small-group members needs to understand the principles and work to implement them in their lives.
Second, you’ll need to develop a list of trusted therapists and counselors for referrals. Through this curriculum Jesus will invite people to confront deep-rooted issues and engage the painful events of their lives. Many people will need trusted guides to help them navigate the minefields of our past and present. It’s important to know that they may need help and guidance beyond what you and your small groups can provide. Create a list ahead of time, and you’ll be able to point them in the right direction.
Using EHS has developed me as a leader and changed our church for the better. We now have the language and tools to engage in the process of deep transformation that Jesus invites us to.
—Rich Gorman and his wife, Dori, co-pastor NewStory Church in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago.