Thanks for your interest in Adult Ministries at TMC! We believe that every person should be experiencing real-life transformation in Christ. In order to facilitate that process, we have designed all of our Adult Ministry opportunities around four core dynamics that you’ll read about below.
I look forward to helping you connect and experience an imperfect yet genuine community. If there’s anything I can do to serve you, or answer any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Be sure to check out the Resources as well!
Why the emphasis on Disciple-making?
We believe that making disciples is our primary mandate from Jesus and the core ministry of The Mission Church. While we’re certainly not perfect, we desire to become a disciple-making church in the years to come. In July 2019, Pastor Mike and Pastor Brett preached a six-week sermon series on disciple-making. That sermon series is called The Supremacy of Disciple-Making. To watch those sermons, click here.
Immediately following that sermon series, we offered a 4-week Disciple-making Workshop where Pastor Brett trained the congregation using practical and simple tools combined with a clear plan. The Disciple-Making Workshop is offered at least once a year. Watch the 2019 Disciple-making Workshop
What is a disciple?
We desire to see the day when every disciple is fully functioning and using their God-given gifts and abilities to engage the lost, share the gospel, make disciples, be the Church, and multiply! To do that, we must first have a biblical definition of what a disciple is.
We find the most concise biblical definition for a disciple in Matthew 4:19 in which Jesus says, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
In this invitation from Jesus, we see the precise definition of a disciple that includes three parts. Therefore, a biblical disciple is:
- following Jesus [Follow Me]
- being transformed by Jesus [and I will make you]
- joining Jesus in His mission [fishers of men]
This definition provides clarity as well as a simple understanding of what it means to be a disciple. Also, this definition helps us understand another essential truth that every disciple is a disciple-maker — no exemptions, no excuses.
What is disciple-making?
We desire to see the day when every disciple is fully functioning and using their God-given gifts and abilities to engage the lost, share the gospel, make disciples, be the Church, and multiply! To do that, we must first have a biblical definition of what disciple-making is.
The New Testament has numerous examples of disciple-making from key leaders in the Church at that time (Peter, James, John, Paul, and Peter).
From their example, we see timeless truths that inform our definition of disciple-making:
- intentionally entering into relationships with people to help them follow Jesus, be transformed by Jesus, and join Jesus in His mission.
Therefore, disciple-making is all about Jesus. We’re not making disciples of us – we’re making disciples of Jesus!
current disciple-making rhythms
In order to stay focused on the mandate from our Master, we have implemented a few rhythms to our disciple-making efforts:
1. We encourage every believer to be engaged in a one on one relationship with someone of the same gender. The purpose of these one on one relationships is simple: prayer, Bible study, fellowship, and accountability. The primary tool that we provide for this is One to One Bible Reading by David Helm. This simple guide teaches you how to study the Bible with someone else. Additional disciple-making resources can be found here.
2. We provide a monthly gathering to encourage and equip our congregation to stay engaged in intentional disciple-making. This monthly gathering is called the Disciple-Making Cohort.
This monthly Cohort meets every third Monday at 6:30 PM at The Mission Church. The Cohort is for anyone and everyone from The Mission Church who desires to make disciples. Participants can come together be encouraged, share their stories, work through barriers, and be further equipped to pursue making disciples for the long run. No prior experience, education, or classes are required. Not everyone has the same next step, but we all have a step to take.
EVERY DISCIPLE NEEDS COMMUNITY.
We believe that every disciple of Jesus must experience real-life transformation in Christ. Therefore, we value personal transformation more than mere participation. However, we know that both are not mutually exclusive, and to facilitate an atmosphere of real-life transformation, we try to make sure every group and gathering is biblical, relational, intentional, and reproducible.
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