At a time in Poland when people are disenchanted with the church, when the church is vying for time amidst a far-too-busy family life schedule and when the allure of “Discovery Channel theology-of-the-week” seems very appealing, Graceland Ministries is at work in the heart of Krakow reaching people who would never have the time or inclination to engage in a new Christian community.
Step 1: The English School
Graceland has become a well-known fixture in the neighbourhood providing quality English language lessons using materials that bring people into a closer relationship with Christ. With English being the official language of the European Union, Polish people need to learn English and they want to learn it from Native English Speakers. They also want to stay close to home at the end of their work or school day, and so, unlike the majority of other language schools, Graceland is located in the densely populated, ever-growing, middle-class region of Krakow about 20 minutes south of the city centre and only 5 minutes from the rapidly expanding Krakow Technology Park home to the tech giants as well as Polish start-ups.
The Graceland team has been writing curriculum to use in the classroom for the past 17 years. Curriculum ranges from Bible stories presented in fresh, and challenging ways, to novels with Christian messages to biographies of real people daring to live out their faith. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an adult or teen class, everyone will engage in discussion about faith and what it means to be a Christ-follower.
Step 2: Discipleship
People from the Graceland community are encouraged to join “Sequoia” the home church which meets on Friday nights or the young women’s Bible study that meets on Sunday mornings or other one on one Bible studies that meet during the week.
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on Earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” — Matthew 18:18–20
And that’s what Graceland does.