Friday, July 31, 2009

Dimensions of Discipleship

At NCC, we build our discipleship strategy around four growth areas, or "dimensions of discipleship," that we pull out of Acts 2. We want to help people become life-long seekers of God, learners of his truth and ways, investors in his kingdom, and influencers of culture.

Seeking is the spiritual dimension of discipleship. It's about growing closer to God through the practice of spiritual disciplines, the discovery and implementation of spiritual gifts, the development of the fruit of the Spirit, and participation in the work of the Holy Spirit.

Learning is the intellectual dimension of discipleship. It's about growing closer to God as we develop the mind of Christ. It's about knowing Him more so that we can love Him more. Learners engage the Bible through reading, study, memorization, and meditation and seek to understand and build their lives around the core doctrines of our faith.

Influencing is the relational dimension of discipleship. It's about growing closer to God as we live in the community that he has created us for. It's about influencing other Christ-followers through the practice of corporate worship and discipleship and it's about influencing the culture around us through missions, service, and evangelism.

Investing is the stewardship or financial dimension of discipleship. It's about discovering our God-given assets as a Christ-follower and leveraging them for Kingdom purposes. It's about investing our time, gifts, resources, finances, and energy so that our calendars and checkbooks reflect God-centered priorities.


At 4:20 PM, Blogger Frank Chiapperino said...

Earlier you were stating you are redesigning your approach to coaching leaders. Is there a way to merge your approach to discipleship to align with your coaching strategy?

At 7:55 PM, Anonymous Rindy Walton said...

I just found your blog and thank u for all the great posts & info! I've recently begun helping a local church plant develop their group strategy & process and your resources here are great! Thanks for posting all this!


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