Our Number One Priority
As a church, we have determined to make Jesus' final words our first work. We want everything we do to revolve around making disciples of Jesus who make more disciples of Jesus. We believe the most effective way to make disciples is to follow the example of Jesus, the greatest disciple maker of all time. Though Jesus lived 2000 years ago, his disciple making principles are timeless.
Our primary disciple making strategy is to intentionally and personally mentor faithful, available, teachable people for an extended period of time, moving them along a continuum from seeker to believer to disciple to disciple maker. We concentrate on developing people in their convictions, character, competence, and connection (the four Cs) following a model-assist-watch-leave (MAWL) pattern.
Some meet weekly in disciple making groups (D groups) of four. After spending 12-18 months together, these D groups divide and multiply.
HEAR Journal and F260 Bible Reading Plan
We encourage disciple makers and disciples to keep a regular HEAR journal, the contents of which are discussed at each weekly D group meeting. The HEAR journaling method promotes reading the Bible with a purpose. The acronym HEAR stands for Highlight, Explain, Apply, and Respond. Each of these four steps contributes to creating an atmosphere to hear God speak. Click on the button below for a short primer how to keep a HEAR journal.
For many disciples, the basis of their daily Bible reading and HEAR journalling is Replicate Ministries's F260 Bible reading plan. This plan has five Bible readings per week (260 days per year), plus two memory passages per week. There are plans for the Old and New Testaments or just the New Testament. We highly recommend using this plan! It will keep your discipleship group on the same schedule with one another.
Weekly D Group Meetings
What do D groups do when they meet together? Well, it's really very simple, but also very effective. They pray, share what's going well and not so well in their lives, recite Scripture, discuss what they learned through their daily HEAR journalling, ask a couple of accountability questions, and then pray for one another. That's it!
This weekly practice will draw you close to three other men or three other women, with whom you will walk through life for a year or more. The power and closeness of these relationships will be a blessing to your life.