Discipleship Framework

SHARING YOUR STORY

SHARING YOUR STORY We all have a story to tell. Your story serves as both an example and an introduction to God’s story of salvation and redemption as told in the Bible. LISTEN LIKE JESUS Conversation takes place in the context of relationship. When an individual shares their story it is an opportunity and an […]

SHARING GOD’S STORY

SHARING GOD’S STORY How would you retell God’s story in 30 seconds? What about one minute or five minutes? Where would you begin if you had a series of Bible reading and discussion opportunities with a friend? A Good News Story God’s story is good news. It is a story of redemption, salvation and restoration. […]

WHAT IS DISCOVERY BIBLE READING

WHAT IS DISCOVERY BIBLE READING Through the pages of Scripture, the person of Jesus comes alive. The grace of our loving Father touches our hearts. And the Holy Spirit confirms our hearts to the likeness of Christ. Discovery Bible Reading involves the simple process of prayerfully reading aloud or together a passage of scripture and […]

THE HARVEST MODEL

THE HARVEST MODEL Jesus’ model for making disciples and starting a multiplying movement. Parable of the Growing Seed In the Parable of the Growing Seed Mark 4:26–29, Jesus gives us his model for multiplying disciples, planting churches and building movements of Kingdom living. The story is about a farmer sowing seeds in a field and its spontaneous growth and […]

THE RELATIONAL NATURE OF DISCIPLESHIP

THE RELATIONAL NATURE OF DISCIPLESHIP The model of Jesus was that of the Rabbi. He came along side them. The model of Jesus was that of the Rabbi. He came along side them. People spent time with him and learnt from his words, his example and his assignments in the context of every day life. Jesus did […]

ROOTS & FRUITS

ROOTS & FRUITS Jesus talked about seeds sown and crops harvested. He talked about trees and vines that did or did not bear fruit. Another way to think about the roots and fruits of growth is lead and follow indicators. These are metrics for discipleship and church ministry. Lead indicators are those things that are […]

Movement Building

BECOMING A MOVEMENT Steve Addison has identified 5 characteristics of Movements that Change the World.¹ These characteristics are essential for healthy local churches, ministries and movements: White-hot faith – believers encountering and surrendering to God. Commitment to Jesus’ cause – disciple making, church planting and movement. Contagious relationships – where gospel seeds are sown and disciples made. […]

Biblical Foundations

Biblical Foundations The church is the body of Christ. Ephesians 1:22-23 The church is a gathering of Jesus’ disciples. Matthew 18:15-20 The church is to have the attitude of Jesus. Philippians 2:1-11 The church has the keys to the Kingdom. Matthew 16:13-20 The church has been given its commission. Matthew 28:16-20 God’s kingdom is like the harvest process. Mark 4:26-29 Disciples multiply […]

The Harvest Cycle

THE HARVEST CYCLE In Mark 4:26-29 Jesus used the organic imagery of the Harvest Cycle to describe his movement. This model applies to the work of growing disciples in the context of the church community, nurturing young people in their faith, making new disciples within secular culture, and developing missional leaders. The harvest model is […]

What is a Disciple?

What is a Disciple? A disciple is a person who in every way is becoming more like Jesus. Being a disciple of Jesus begins by responding to his invitation to “Come! And follow me.” The journey continues as we obey his command to “Go and make disciples.” Disciples take seriously Jesus’ words about himself “I […]