Garland Church

Components of Disciplemaking


Components of Disciplemaking

An effective discipling relationship is intentional and consensual – agreed upon by both parties for a purpose. It's not simply "hanging out." It's more like being a spiritual father or mother to a spiritual son or daughter in the Lord.

Many of us have a spiritual yearning for someone to invest in us. Here is what that looks like:

Disciples commit to a growth relationship

Disciplemaking groups (usually one-on-one, or one-on-few) are not small groups. The goal is not comfort or "therapy," so to speak, but growth and spiritual maturity.

disciples commit to digging into the word

We believe that knowledge of God informs our worship of him. Disciplemaking groups commit to seriously studying and meditating upon the Scriptures, so that disciples may live it out!

Disciples commit to a long-term relationship

Disciplemaking is not a class. Change doesn't happen overnight. Disciples who are serious about growing in their faith should be ready to embark on a long-term journey.

Disciples commit to vulnerability

Spiritual growth requires that disciples not be hung up on preserving their image. Disciplemaking is a raw, but richly rewarding, process. 

Disciples commit to ministry

We believe that real faith is shown by our actions – that going out into the world is a key part of living a Christ-filled life. Disciples should pour themselves into ministry and outreach and put their faith into action.

Disciples commit to carry the torch

Once a disciplemaking group's time together is reaching a close, it is important that disciples keep Jesus' strategy moving. Disciplemaking is a full-circle relationship, in which the most visible mark of success is the expanding of the Kingdom of God.