Jesus followers

It has been said that “we are all disciples of something”. The question is of what; perhaps it's money, power, the latest musician, footballer or another celebrity? As a Christian disciple we are followers of Jesus. This is discipleship in its simplest terms. The word "disciple" is derived from the Koine Greek word mathetes, which means a pupil (of a teacher) or an apprentice (to a master craftsman). The Latin discipulus meaning a learner while the more common English word is student. A disciple is one who learns from a teacher.

 
 
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
— Matthew 28:16-20
 
 

 

The term 'discipleship' designates the whole life response of Christians to Jesus Christ. Everything a Christian believes and does is an aspect of discipleship; the goal of discipleship is to grow ever more Christ-like in every aspect of life.

Discipleship is a popular word, often used vaguely and ambiguously. It’s actually quite simple. Discipleship is the relationship between a teacher (discipler) and student (disciple).

Discipleship is a journey, not a destination.

Discipleship is about having your character formed by the Spirit. It involves responding to God, living in fellowship with other Christians and having your entire personality - your instincts and everything - shaped by Jesus.

Paul speaks of being formed, shaped or transformed in the epistles (e.g. Galatians 4:19, Romans 12:2). Spiritual formation is the transformation or shaping of a disciple.

 
 

Characteristics of a Disciple

According to Scripture, being a Christian disciple involves personal growth characterised by the following:

 

Putting Jesus first in all things (Mark 8:34-38).

Following Jesus' teachings (John 8:31-32).

Fruitfulness (John 15:5-8).

Love for other disciples (John 13:34-35).

Making disciples of others (Matthew 28:18-20).

 
 
 

Principles

Although not a complete explanation of our discipleship process these principles keep us on the same page. 

 

Organic Not Linear

Rather than ad­her­ing to a blan­ket model, we tai­lor cur­ricu­lum and growth opportunities to in­di­vid­ual ap­ti­tudes and in­ter­ests of people. 

Failing Forward

Our culture is such that it's ok to make mistakes. We learn best when we have the courage to step out of the boat. It's ok to make a mistake. Better to try and fail than never to have tried at all.

Failing Forward

Our culture is such that it's ok to make mistakes. We learn best when we have the courage to step out of the boat. It's ok to make a mistake. Better to try and fail than never to have tried at all.

 
 
Every stu­dent has a dis­tinctly dif­fer­ent learn­ing style. Teach­ers and train­ers should adapt their les­son plans to this cen­tral fact.
— Hold On, You Lost Me! Use Learning Styles to Create Training that Sticks. Jeanine O'Neill Blackwell and Bernice McCarthy
 
 

Power Within

The Holy Spirit lives within every believer and empowers us to do more than we could ever have imagined. We learn faster when we take courage and know we are not alone - the power is within.

Follow Through

We don't just teach and run. We follow through, we coach, we mentor and we stay in the picture to help the growth mature.

Practitioners Not Theorists

Teaching is the least most impacting form of development. If not used it simply becomes a theory. We preference apprenticeship, mentoring and coaching. We provide opportunity for people to put into practice what they have learnt and to learn 'on the job'.

 
 
The cur­rent “in­dus­trial model” of ed­u­ca­tion de­rives from the false no­tion of a lin­ear path to suc­cess and en­forces stan­dard­ized, one-size-fits-all cur­ric­ula. This model fails to help learn­ers dis­cover their unique tal­ents and cre­ates a cul­ture where few peo­ple feel pas­sion­ate about their work. Ed­u­ca­tors must aban­don the par­a­digms of the in­dus­trial model and rec­og­nise that learn­ing “is not lin­ear, it’s or­ganic.” Rather than ad­her­ing to a blan­ket model, each school should tai­lor its cur­ricu­lum to the in­di­vid­ual ap­ti­tudes and in­ter­ests of its stu­dents.
— Bring on the learning revolution. Sir Ken Robinson.
 
 

Renewed Mind

The change we seek is done from the inside out, through the power of the Holy Spirit. It isn’t something we can conjure up on our own. we are not focused on behaviour modification but instead the goal is a renewed mind. 

Better Seen Than Heard

Words are an indication of what's happening on the inside but maturity in the faith is far better seen the day to day behaviours of the individual. We are not impressed with talk of the fruit, smell of the fruit or rumours of the fruit - we look for the actual fruit.

Emotionally Healthy

In his book 'The Emotionally Healthy Church', Peter Scazzero strongly believes that "emotional health and spiritual maturity are inseparable." He goes on to say "It is impossible to be spiritually mature when remaining emotionally immature." We agree.

 
 
The great­est course in the world will fail to pro­duce re­sults if the en­vi­ron­ment to which the learner re­turns is bar­ren or hos­tile.
— The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning. Calhoun Wick, Roy Pollock, Andrew Jefferson and Richard Flanagan Pfeiffer, 2006
 
 

It's More About Whats Beneath Than What's Above

We help people put down roots believing their fruit is in their roots.

It's Not Automatic

Intentional growth beats accidental learning every day of the week. Oswald Sanders put it well when he said "Maturity requires sincere mortal effort as well as dependence on the Holy Spirit." We must 'do something' to spark the growing process and 'keep doing something' to keep growing.

It's Not Automatic

Intentional growth beats accidental learning every day of the week. Oswald Sanders put it well when he said "Maturity requires sincere mortal effort as well as dependence on the Holy Spirit." We must 'do something' to spark the growing process and 'keep doing something' to keep growing.

 
 
70:20:10 Principle suggests that the optimal sources of learning by successful managers are as follows;
10% Formal classroom instruction and online training.
20% Informal learning from other people; colleges , coaches and extended networks.
70% Doing the work
— The 70:20:10 model was created in the 1980s by three researchers and authors working with the Center for Creative Leadership, a nonprofit educational institution in Greensboro, N.C. The three, Morgan McCall, Michael M. Lombardo and Robert A. Eichinger, were researching the key developmental experiences of successful managers.
 
Learn­ing is not an event, it is a process.
— The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning. Calhoun Wick, Roy Pollock, Andrew Jefferson and Richard Flanagan Pfeiffer, 2006
 
Andrew Cherrie 2016

Andrew Cherrie 2016