Discipleship

“Christianity without the living Christ is inevitably Christianity without discipleship, and Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.” 
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

WHAT IS A DISCIPLE?

A disciple is someone who follows Jesus (Luke 5:27-28, John 21:22), strives to live like Jesus (Luke 6:40, Mark 8:34-35), and embraces Jesus mission to make more disciples (Matthew 28:19-20).

WHAT DOES A DISCIPLE DO?

A healthy disciple of Jesus is identified by what we call "the 5 G's":

  • GOSPEL-CENTERED: Everything a disciple is and everything a disciple does is fueled by the good news of Jesus Christ.
  • GATHERING: A disciple is in the habit of gathering with other people and living in community.
  • GROWING: A disciple is constantly growing and pursuing growth emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
  • GIVING: A disciple regularly gives time, talent, and resources including money generously to other people.
  • GOING: A disciple is always ready to share the reason for their hope and crosses boundaries for the sake of the Gospel.

WHAT IS DISCIPLESHIP?

"Discipleship" is the relational process by which we make more disciples. It involves intentional effort and clarified steps for disciples to make more disciples.

HEAD, HEART & HANDS

We believe in a wholistic discipleship process that engages the head, heart and hands:

  • Head: what we can learn and comprehend with our minds
  • Heart: what we sense or feel in our hearts (desires, passions, motives)
  • Hands: what we do

We aim to engage all these parts in order to make mature and well-formed disciples of Jesus. However, when one of these elements is missing, the process will be incomplete and unhealthy in the following ways:

  • Heart + Hands - Head = Liberalism
  • Head + Hands - Heart = Legalism
  • Head + Heart - Hands = Hypocrisy

PATH

Below is the typical path of discipleship:

Unbeliever → New Believer → Disciple → Disciple Maker → Shepherd (Leader of Disciple Makers)