Growing disciples

In addition to serving others, we are called as followers of Jesus Christ to spread the good news (“the gospel”) and “make disciples.” More precisely, we are to do what is necessary to grow followers of Jesus into mature disciples of Christ, as Jesus instructed, as recorded in Matthew 28:19-20.

“Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”  (Eugene Peterson’s The Message)

photo of John Wesley statue at The New Room in Bristol, EnglandNewark United Methodist Church is committed to developing disciples and providing the resources and service opportunities necessary for believers to grow into disciples who can then make disciples of others. There are two systematic ways through which we do this.

> Disciples TREE
> Covenant Discipleship

Both of the above are modern adaptations of John Wesley’s small-group approach to forming mature disciples of Jesus Christ.

It is important that we continually grow in discipleship throughout our lifetime, exercising our faith and convictions as we follow Christ.  In fact, it’s a vital part of our Wesleyan Heritage (you could say “it’s in our DNA”). The following comprises a four-part series of articles on Wesleyan Small Groups for Today by The United Methodist Church.

> Also see article in United Methodist Interpreter, May 2017