How to become a church where no one stands alone, struggles alone, develops alone or grows up alone. A church where sinners gather, the Bible taught, prayer practiced, and Jesus exalted.
In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus gave His Church only one mission - make disciples. In John’s Gospel, Jesus gave us our primary method - to love one another so that the world will know we are disciples of Jesus. Unfortunately, in a growing number of churches today, people are being told what they want to hear rather than what they need to hear. In 2007, Pastor Bill Hybels reported they were not successful in fulfilling their mission to turn "irreligious people into fully devoted followers of Christ." Dr. Chuck Swindoll writes, "The church doesn't need gimmicks to attract people - it needs biblical truth taught consistently, preached passionately, and lived out authentically." As Dr. Howard Hendricks writes, "Many of us in the church are under the mistaken impression that the way to produce spiritually mature Christians is to enroll people in a course on spiritual maturity ... We don't need a set of principles to practice as much as we need another person to help us. We need someone to believe in us, stand by us, guide us, model Christ for us."
What Is Core Discipleship?
For a church to be the kind of church Jesus promised to build, the church must be committed to the Great Commandment, the Great Commission, and the four biblical essentials found in Acts 2:42: teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer. Everything we do in church or ministry should have discipleship as the ultimate core goal.
How Jesus Made Disciples
Jesus made disciples by selecting a few into whom He devoted His life - He purposely invested His ministry with just a few everyday, normal people. We must realize that disciples cannot be mass produced. Much like parenting, discipling is a personal relationship where we intentionally walk alongside a few others in order to encourage, correct, and challenge them in love to grow in Christ-likeness.
Discipleship To The Core
Our ministry exists to help you grow toward maturity in Christ. We provide:
A simple, proven and biblical discipleship process
Core can be integrated by any believer, church, or ministry anytime, anywhere. Core Discipleship is modeled after Jesus' inner core relationship with Peter, James, and John - the same model used by Wesley.
What does a Core Group look like?
A Core Group is made up of 3 and no more than 4 believers of the same gender who meet weekly for an extended time to grow in relationship with God and each other. In a Core Group, each person sincerely and intentionally desires to be formed, conformed, and transformed by both hearing and doing God's Word (knowledge), growing in Christ-likeness (character), and as a result, a transformed life (conduct). The Bible is absolutely essential (Acts 2:42; 2 Timothy 3:16-17;Heb. 4:12) and the group facilitated by - but never dominated by - a more spiritually-mature believer (2 Tim. 2:2). Core Groups embrace an environment where life-transformation and multiplication can be greatly accelerated (Gal. 4:19;Rom. 12:1-2; Eph. 4:11-16). More about the CORE Process.
More Free Discipleship Downloads/Resources
• Core Discipleship: Process
• Core Discipleship: Sequence
• How to launch Core Discipleship: (Free PDF download)
• Discipleship Commitment: (Free PDF download)
• Discipleship Books: must reads on discipleship
May God grant that we become His disciples by His grace,
Doug & Suzie Morrell
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