Discipleship Pathway

We believe that Christ has called us to be and make disciples. This is the most important thing we should pursue as individual disciples and as a community of disciples.

As our vision-statement says, we want to be a gospel-centred community, making disciples that love and share the truth of Jesus. In order to do that, we have developed a discipleship pathway for our church.

It’s important to emphasize that discipleship is a lifelong journey, not a 10-week program. This pathway is not another event or course… Christian life is more like entering a new culture.

Discipleship is not about how long you have been a Christian or a member of the church. Instead, it’s about how much you have been transformed in the likeness of Christ. The goal is transformation, not religious assimilation.

Our discipleship pathway has three action words: Acknowledge, Practice, and Multiply. That is the lifelong journey of the disciple of Jesus Christ.

The first step is to acknowledge our calling to be disciples. In this step, we aim for a change in mindset. We acknowledge that Christ is preeminent and summons us. As Christians, we are not just members of a religious association but followers of Christ. Disciples are committed and willing to grow and be accountable. In this step, we offer the course The Disciple, which explores the basic principles guiding a disciple’s life. We also offer a special Disciple’s Assessment, a very helpful tool to track your spiritual growth. It will show where you are at in terms of “spiritual checkpoints.” Additionally, it will show which areas need more attention in your spiritual journey.

The second step is to put into practice the disciplines that will help us to grow as disciples. In this step, we aim to become what we are called to be: it’s like adopting a new lifestyle. This is the interior transformation by Christ and His Spirit made visible. We all know that growth demands practice and effort. Spiritual disciplines, both personal and corporate, have a crucial role in our growth as disciples of Christ. In this step, you’ll have the support of Christian brothers and sisters, you’ll receive spiritual mentorship, and most importantly, you’ll have the ever-present company of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

The third step in our discipleship pathway is to multiply. There is no discipleship without multiplication. Multiplication happens when we reproduce in other lives what we’ve become. We are called not only to be disciples but also to make new disciples. As Henri Nouwen once said, there is a time when “Sons have to become fathers; daughters have to become mothers.”

For a church to be deficient in discipleship is to be deficient in its fundamental reason for existence. If any organization is careless in its core reason for existence, it doesn’t matter if the organization excels at other things. If Apple is deficient in designing computers, it doesn’t matter if they excel in outfitting and decorating their stores. If Starbucks is deficient in coffee, mastering the art of creating loyal employees means nothing. To be deficient in your core reason for existence is always unacceptable. We have learned to do many things as church leaders and members. We build buildings. We design programs. We staff our churches. We put on events. We rally people around new initiatives. And as our churches grow, we become increasingly proficient in a myriad of other things from branding to facility management. But are we making disciples? Have we become proficient in many things while simultaneously becoming deficient in the one thing that matters most?