Our vision for discipleship. Our vision is to create intentional, reproducible, gospel-centered discipleship relationships that promote grace-based personal transformation and growth in spiritual maturity through repentance and faith, so that the people of God, grounded in the Word of God, are equipped for the ministry of God.
Why discipleship? Jesus commands us: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19). We are called to be disciples and to make disciples.
What is a disciple? A disciple is an apprentice of Jesus who is actively engaged in learning how to live by the grace of God under His LORDship. We believe that every Christian is called to be a disciple of Christ. A disciple is simply someone who is learning how to follow Jesus. It’s not about how far along we are, but who we are following.
How are disciples made? We believe that disciples are not mass-produced through some 6-week program, because it is not information that we are after, but life change. Information, while critical, is not what transforms, so it’s possible for the best-run discipleship programs to actually hinder students from true, life-on-life discipleship. Jesus didn’t write a lesson or teach a class; He lived with and among His disciples. So our goal in discipleship is life-on-life, and not simply curriculum-on-life. The vehicle is relationship. And that is why that our goal is not to create a program, but a culture.
Our curriculum. Although we have emphasized the relational aspect of discipleship, there is still a significant teaching-learning component to discipleship. We are called to “make disciples, teaching them to observe” all of Christ’s commands. Doctrine matters! But that doctrine is to be lived out! The curriculum is a tool for the work of life-on-life discipleship to occur. Therefore, we utilize both curriculum-based life-on-life discipleship as well as a more traditional classroom setting.
The Following is a Booklist of Reccomended Readings:
Experiencing God by Henry and Richard Blackaby
The Pillar: One to One Discipling