Discipleship Plan & Strategy

EXPLORING   GETTING  STARTED  
    Informal  prayers   Develop  regular  prayer   time   Pray  with  small  group     Sunday  school   Short  term  Bible  study   Familiar  with  elements   of  worship  and   Sacraments  

GOING  DEEPER  
    Conversational  prayer   Learn  different  types  of   prayer  

CENTERING  
  Contemplative  &   Transformative   prayer   Fasting   Examen  prayer     Guided  by  Spiritual   mentor   Discipleship   Accountability   group   Power  in  worship         Generous  &   Sacrificial  giving   beyond  a  tithe   Striving  for   simplicity       Find  opportunities   to  share  your   witness/story/vision  

LIVING  IT  
  Prayer  becomes   second  nature,   part  of  every   aspect  of  daily   living     Hospitality  of   God  and  others   becomes  fully   intertwined   with  daily   routine     Living  a  life  of   generosity,   kindness  &   giving  above   and  beyond   what  is   expected       Help  others   discover/share   their  witness  

  PRAYERS  
“A Commitment to a Life of Spiritual Formation”

    Formal  prayer   Grace  before  meals   The  Lord’s  Prayer  

  PRESENCE  
“A Commitment to the Incarnational Presence of Jesus”

  Occasional   participation   Low  commitment   Exploring  faith  

  Accountability  group   Long-­‐term  Bible  study   Transformative   participation  in  worship  

  GIFTS  
“A Commitment to Develop and Use All the Gifts that God Gives to Us”

      No  giving  or   occasional  giving  

        Regular  giving   Occasional  generosity   towards  others       Get  to  know  the   salvation  plan  and  your   own  story    

        Tithing  

  WITNESS  
“A Commitment to Live a Life that Is Worthy of the Gospel”

    Exploring  questions   about  Jesus  Christ  

Discover  how  your  story   fits  with  the  story  of  God   Understand  God’s  vision  

SERVICE  
“A Commitment to Serve as Jesus Served”

 

      Serve  when  asked   or  needed  

    Discover  spiritual  gifts   and  serve  out  of   giftedness  

    Discern  God’s  call   Find  your  role  in  God’s   plan  

  In  tune  with  God   Needs  of  others   become  greater   than  own  needs   Needs  of  the  world   come  to  the   forefront  of  your  life  

    Living  God’s  call   and  equipping   others  to  serve  

PRAYERS: “A Commitment to a Life of Spiritual Formation” We will pray daily through the use of a variety of forms of prayer such as the reflective reading of Scripture and other spiritual texts, confession, the prayer of examen, intercession, journaling, and contemplation. We will fast from food once a week (either a full or partial fast).

PRESENCE “A Commitment to the Incarnational Presence of Jesus” We will be present to God, the world, and ourselves. We will be hospitable to our neighbors in our families, neighborhoods and workplaces. We will be hospitable to our faith community through participation in corporate worship, small groups and mission.

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GIFTS: “A Commitment to Develop and Use All the Gifts that God Gives to Us” We will honor and care for the gift of all resources and practice responsible living, striving for simplicity rather than excessive consumption. We will practice generosity in sharing our material resources, including money, within and beyond this community. If we are not giving at least a tithe of our income, we will work toward it. We will use our spiritual gifts, talents and abilities to serve God within and beyond this community to show God’s love.

WITNESS: “A Commitment to Live a Life that Is Worthy of the Gospel”

We will practice racial and gender reconciliation. We will resist evil and injustice and we will pursue peace with justice. We will share the redeeming, healing, creative love of God in word, deed and presence as an invitation to others to experience the transforming love of God. We will intentionally cultivate relationships with someone outside the Church.

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SERVICE: “A Commitment to Serve as Jesus Served” We will serve God and neighbor out of gratitude for the love of God. We will practice mutual accountability with a covenant group within the community, for how we serve God and neighbor. We will practice regular Sabbath as a means of renewal so that we can lovingly serve God and neighbor.

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