Wednesday, June 11, 2008

NCC Discipleship Map

I've received a number of requests for copies of our Discipleship Map recently, so I thought I would post it again.

The Discipleship Map is our attempt at giving people a systematic way to chart a course for spiritual growth. We think of it as our version of the Saddleback baseball diamond, only it's not linear and it's not one-size-fits-all. Which makes it less intuitive and a bit confusing, but it also makes it more customizable and exciting to individuals. Or maybe that's just me. Honestly, I'm struggling with that tension right now. But until I emerge from the struggle with more clarity, it's what we've got.

It's built around our discipleship goal of helping people become life-long seekers of God, learners of his truth and ways, investors in his kingdom, and influencers of culture. We call those our 4 dimensions of discipleship. We created islands for each of those areas and developed small groups, retreats, and experiences that intentionally help people grow in those specific areas. We encourage people to start with Alpha, head to Journey (8-week small group introducing the four dimensions of discipleship), and then explore the 4 areas as they feel they need to grow. I like the fact that it is not linear, it is not one-size-fits-all, and there is no endpoint.

Here are previous posts related to the Discipleship Map:

What is Seeker, Learner, Influencer, Investor?

What is the Discipleship Map?

Core Discipleship Group Curriculum


At 11:52 AM, Blogger Elaine said...

So we have a similar discipleship system - 5 areas to focus growth in. And after the Reveal study came out, we added another element: growth measurement. We now have 5 areas, and 5 stages. The 5 areas are horizontal and the 5 stages are vertical.
So I was just wondering if the Reveal study has caused you to reconsider or rethink any of your discipleship stuff. How are you all measuring growth in the 4 areas?

At 1:39 PM, Blogger Heather Z said...

Hey Elaine- we are digesting Reveal right now! I think a lot of people have misinterpreted and misunderstood the findings of Reveal. What we have really tried to do is create environments where people can be discipled, then learn to disciple themselves, and then learn to disciple others. That sounds to me a lot like Willow's findings that we need to teach people how to feed themselves.

Right now, we measure through both quantitative (how many people are moving through our core discipleship groups) and qualitative (using small group blueprints to help individual group leaders set and accomplish growth goals for their groups)

But we don't have it figured out yet.


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