Our vision is to make disciples who make disciples
From the beginning of Christianity, the natural overflow of being a disciple of Jesus has always been to make disciples of Jesus. "Follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men" (Matt. 4:19). This was a promise: Jesus would take His disciples and turn them into disciple makers. And this was a command: He called each of His disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to obey Him (Matt. 28:19-20). From the start, God's design has been for every single disciple of Jesus to make disciples who make disciples who make disciples until the gospel spreads to all peoples.
Yet we have subtly and tragically taken this costly command of Christ to go, baptize and teach all nations and mutated it into a comfortable call for Christians to come, be baptized and listen in one location...
At Pointe North, we define a disciple as someone who:
• IS FOLLOWING CHRIST
• IS BEING CHANGED BY CHRIST
• IS COMMITTED TO THE MISSION OF CHRIST
True discipleship is a process that repeats itself over and over but we know that not everyone is in the same place of the process. We have created several environments where you, or anyone, can enter into biblical discipleship:
For more information on any of these environments, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call the church office at 843.761.6196 or stop by the Help Desk this weekend.
It has been determined that there are five stages of discipleship. We all fall into one of these areas with the goal being that we fall into the Parent Phase – making disciples. Which phase do you fall into?
Stage 1: Seeker/spiritually dead. People in this stage have not yet accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. People here might even claim to know Jesus, but they do not have the Holy Spirit living in them. They can be characterized by statements or questions such as:
If you might fall in the seeker/spiritually dead stage, a Newcomer's Party would be a great place for you to meet some staff and elders that can answer any questions you might have..
Stage 2: Infant. First Peter 2:2-3 describes people who are like newborn babies, craving spiritual milk so they can grow in their salvation. They are spiritually alive and have made a decision to follow Christ but that's as far as they've gotten. They can be characterized by statements or questions such as:
If you find yourself in the infant stage, joining a Home Group would benefit you.
Stage 3: Child. People in this stage are continuing to grow in the relationship with God and are beginning to grow in their relationship with other Christians as well. As children, they are still quite self-centered, not yet fully oriented to the focus on others that marks people who are living in maturity in God's kingdom and family. They can be characterized by statements or questions such as:
If you find yourself in the child stage, get plugged in with a small group if you're not already. Consider taking the SHAPE test or going through our SHAPE course. Maybe consider volunteering in a ministry.
Stage 4: Young Adult. Spiritual young adults are making a shift from being self-centered to being God- and other-centered. They are beginning to reorient their lives around God's Word and his people and mission. They are starting to understand that God has called them to give to the body of Christ, rather than simply take. They can be characterized by statements or questions such as:
If you find yourself here in the young adult stage, maybe take our 3 Circles class, consider facilitating a small group or look into one of our upcoming mission trips.
Stage 5: Parent. Spiritually mature people make disciples (have spiritual children, if you will). If they are capable but not parenting, then they are probably still young adults. A spiritual parent has a solid understanding of God's Word, a deep, abiding relationship with God, and a desire to be involved in raising up other disciples. They are kingdom-centered and God-dependent. As mature believers, parents understand that you never outgrow your need for spiritual family, and they are humble enough to be involved in the church despite its many imperfections. They can be characterized by statements or questions such as:
If you believe you are in or getting close to the parent stage, it's time to lead or co-lead a ministry within Pointe North of your own. You should have a spiritual mentor; talk with them and church leadership to explore where God is calling you to lead.
*stages and characterizations taken from Discipleshift by Putman & Harrington. Zondervan Publishing 2013. Pgs 61-71.