Why are we talking about discipleship and this resource?
The command is clear within scripture…Christ followers are to make disciples. How does that happen? Within scripture we see disciple-making environments in four different contexts: corporately (large groups), small groups, one-on-one and individuals deepening their personal relationship with God. Historically at Word of Life we have put a lot of effort into large group and small group gatherings while encouraging people to have a growing individual relationship with God. What about the one-on-one environment? This is largely overlooked because it can be intimidating. There is the assumption that you need to be able to answer all the questions someone may ask. But what if you didn’t? What if it was less about you having answers and more about knowing the right questions to ask? In a mentoring relationship you would be expected to have all the answers, but we believe that biblical discipleship looks less like mentoring and more like spiritual coaching. This resource is designed to help Christ followers ask the right questions of those that they are discipling and allow God to do the rest!
What is the resource?
There are two resources; both present seven essential biblical qualities of a follower of Jesus. The resource is intended to be studied individually, and then further unpacked with the help of a spiritual coach, as mentioned above. Learning to Follow Jesus: First Steps is a booklet, an overview, that is designed to be completed first and leads into Learning to Follow Jesus, the full resource. These step-by-step guides will help individuals learn what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Adding examples from his own life and ministry, Pastor Claude Valdes, Jr. collaborates with Dr. Daniel McNaughton to present a clear, relational discipleship model. The seven qualities are presented using Scripture, personal stories, and questions to help readers apply the concepts to their lives. Resources and assessments for developing the qualities are included, as well as material to help spiritual coaches walk alongside the follower.
How do I get the resource?
Word of Life would like to provide the resource(s) to you at an extremely discounted rate. So if you attend Word of Life, do NOT purchase online. We have copies in-house for you! If you don’t attend Word of Life and would like to purchase the resources you can go to…
Booklet, First Steps (designed to be completed before the book): icon-arrow-circle-right CLICK HERE to purchase
Book (the full resource), Learning to Follow Jesus: icon-arrow-circle-right CLICK HERE to purchase
What is my next step?
We would encourage you to allow a spiritual coach to walk alongside you one day a week for eight weeks as you both continue to learn to follow Jesus! Click the icon at the top of the page and fill out the form to sign up to be spiritually coached. Someone will be in contact with you shortly to help you begin the process.