I have been working with the elders and staff at New Life Church over the past year or so to develop a Discipleship Pathway. I would define a Discipleship Pathway like this: The Discipleship Pathway is a simple process throughout the church that equips people to become mature disciple makers of Jesus Christ.
Why is a Discipleship Pathway so important? Man, where do I even start? Often times leaders complain about a consumer mentality among those who attend church.
A Discipleship Pathway is perhaps the most important tool we have to change the mindset in the church from consumerism to discipleship.Tweet
A Discipleship Pathway communicates to everyone that the goal of church life is much more than merely attending services and programs. The goal of church life is to help everyone to grow in spiritual maturity and to be equipped to make disciples.
I am happy to acknowledge that as a church we have gleaned much insight from Replicate Ministry and Long Hollow Baptist Church. We have read their books. Watched their training videos. We have interacted with them a bit on the phone and via email.
The beauty and power behind the Discipleship Pathway is that it is modeling ministry after the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus focused on four primary areas of ministry; congregation, community, core, and the crowd. You can see the picture below to see how it works.
I preached a sermon about the Discipleship Pathway this past Sunday. Go to the 33:20 mark for the sermon.
I have a lot to learn, which means that I would love to hear from you! Questions, thoughts, ideas. Feel free to leave a comment and I will certainly respond!
You can click on THIS link to learn about D Groups. I believe D Groups are one of the most frequently missing components in the life of the church.