Annual Report – Special Edition
Core Discipleship Priority: Disciples Making Disciples
A disciple is someone who follows Jesus. “As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fisherman. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him” (Matthew 4:18-20).
- “Come, follow me” Disciples follow Jesus.¨
- “and I will make you” Disciples are changed by Jesus.
- “fishers of men.” Disciples take up the mission of Jesus.
Discipleship is based on our identity in Jesus.
- In Jesus we are Family
- In Jesus we are Servants
- In Jesus we are Missionaries
As disciples we live out our identity in the everyday stuff of life, learning to follow Jesus 168 hours a week! Disciples who make disciples submit increasingly all of life to the lordship and empowering presence of Jesus.
- Life on Life: We connect with others one-on-one.
- Life in Community: We need the input, encouragement, and gifting of a whole group of people to grow in Jesus.
- Life on Mission: We reach out with the love of Jesus in Word and deed to friends and neighbors.
Disciples practice six rhythms common to all people – these six activities make up much of the everyday stuff of life.
- Story-Formed: Our stories intersect with God’s Story. Story-formed people grow in understanding our neighbor’s stories and we share God’s Story.
- Listen: We set aside regular times to listen to God by dwelling in the word and prayer. We take time to slow down and listen to others. We ask questions!
- Celebrate: We gather together to celebrate God’s goodness and God’s extravagant blessings. We invite others into this celebration regularly and engage the celebrations of those around us.
- Bless Others: We intentionally bless others through words, gifts, or actions because God desires for all people to be blessed through Jesus.
- Eat Together: We regularly eat meals with others to invite them into the community. We see our dining table as the best tool for reaching out. We invite friends, neighbors, and the poor over for dinner.
- ReCreate: We take time to rest, play, create, and restore beauty in ways that reflect God to others. Part of our recreation includes Sabbath rest and worship.