"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'” - Matthew 28:19-20
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 (FAT) people for one year or more, moving them along a continuum from seeker to believer to disciple to disciple maker. We concentrate on developing the person in his or her convictions, character, and competence (the three Cs) following a model-assist-watch-leave (MAWL) teaching pattern. Usually we meet weekly in disciple making groups (D-groups) of four. After spending 12-18 months together, D-groups divide and multiply.
We encourage disciple makers and disciples to keep a regular HEAR journal, the contents of which are discussed at each weekly D-group. The HEAR journaling method promotes reading the Bible with a life-transforming purpose. No longer will your focus be on checking off the boxes on your daily reading schedule. Your purpose will instead be to read to understand and respond to God’s word. The acronym HEAR stands for Highlight, Explain, Apply, and Respond. Each of these four steps contributes to creating an atmosphere to hear God speak. Clink on the button below for instructions how to keep a HEAR journal.
10 Disciple Making Affirmations
1. We believe Jesus Christ is central to life and the Bible – he is supreme and worthy of all devotion, worship, and emulation. We affirm the Nicene Creed and its statements about Jesus and the Trinity (Colossians 1:15-20).
2. We define a disciple as someone who is following Jesus, being changed by Jesus, and is committed to the mission of Jesus (Matthew 4:19). This is only possible by the Holy Spirit and it is for God’s glory.
3. We define discipleship and disciple making as helping people to trust and follow Jesus. (Matthew 28:18-20).
4. We believe disciple making is the core mission of the local church (Colossians 1:28-29).
5. We believe the Bible is the authoritative, reliable, and final guide for discipleship and life (2 Timothy 3:16-4:2).
6. We believe Jesus' method of disciple making is the wisest and best method to follow today (Luke 6:40).
7. We believe our love for one another is the most important sign of true discipleship (John 13:34-35).
8. We believe discipleship includes serving the poor, striving for holiness, and living with accountability in the local church (1 Corinthians 5:1-13).
9. We believe true discipleship and love compel us to join Jesus' mission to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10).
10. We believe our obedience to the great commission will result in the expansion of God's kingdom, the betterment of humanity, and God's exaltation and pleasure (Luke 19:11-27).
- Discipleship.org's "10 Discipleship Affirmations"