Discipleship at Sturgis Missionary Church
Sturgis Missionary Church is committed to helping people know, love and follow Jesus. One of the ways we do this is through discipleship.
Our discipleship programs are about growth and reproducing and are geared to change our minds, hearts, and wills. There are three avenues for you to get involved with discipleship. Each one of our discipleship courses is designed not only to help you grow but to equip you to take what you have learned and pass it on to those younger in the faith.
See below for current opportunities.
1. Discipleship 101
Are you ready to walk worthy of your calling? Grow with other believers in becoming more like Christ as you look at what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Further, you will become equipped to guide other believers in their growth so you can be a reproducing disciple.
Discipleship 101 is for those who are "All In." This means you will be accountable for your attendance as each lesson builds upon previous material, and you are willing to participate in class assignments. If this is for you but you have missed a class start date, feel free to reach out to the church, 269.651.PRAY, and we will have Ardi contact you with details on how you can get involved.
2. 11:ONE Mentorship
Mentors share their experiences with mentees who are seeking insight and encouragement to live skillfully. The goal is to form strong relationships that are a source of support and growth for the mentee spiritually and in other areas of their lives. Find out more.
3. Five VI:7 (Communicating the Gospel)
Many of us want to share the good news with those separated from Jesus, but we don't know where to start. Let's breakthrough this obstacle together as we bring spiritual dialogue back into our everyday conversations.
Five VI:7 is taken from Deuteronomy (the fifth book of the Bible) chapter six, verse seven where we read, "You shall teach them [God's commands] diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."
At the beginning of each gathering, two questions will be asked. How was your week different in light of what you learned in the previous week's lesson? Who did you use spiritual language with someone this week?
Five VI:7 gatherings will focus on reading a portion of scripture, making observations as a group, sharing insights, sharing how we can grow from what we learned, and discussing how we can share what we learned with others. These discussions will help us retell biblical accounts when they relate to someone's situation and prompts us to think about how we can pass God's teaching on to someone else.
Since Five VI:7 gatherings build upon previous discussions, your attendance in each gathering is vital. The emphasis is on living out our faith better, so your participation in group discussion and willingness to be accountable in sharing the good news is essential for your growth in these gatherings.
What is Discipleship?
First, we need to grow in the fullness of Christ. Have you ever bought a tool only to read the instruction manual months later? When you read the instructions, you find things your new device can do that you never knew. The same goes for our walk with God. Without the fullness of Christ, we can never live our lives to their full potential. Growth is about reaching your full potential.
Jesus came so that he might fill us (Ephesians 4:10). We are filled by the Holy Spirit working through those gifted in the church to equip us for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11f). The growth part of discipleship focuses on what is essential to the Christian walk.
If you are ready to experience the fullness of Christ, then we would love to come alongside you as you take the next step.
The second aspect of discipleship is reproducing. We are to pass on what God has done in our lives to help guide other believers in their growth. We want to be making disciples who make disciples. Each one of our discipleship courses is designed not only to help you grow but to equip you to take what you have learned and pass it on to those younger in the faith.
Growth in Discipleship
Our discipleship programs are geared to change our minds, hearts, and wills.
You are called, so you are already a disciple (John 8:31). What we need is to clear out the false declarations of the world that have drowned out the voice of the Holy Spirit (Colossians 2:8), be wary of the desires of our flesh (James 1:14), and be obedient to Christ (Matthew 28:19-20).
- Renewed mind
- Growth in biblical knowledge
- Expand theological understanding
- Advance comprehension of truth
- Foster development of correct beliefs
- Produce a godly attitude
- Develop strong values
- Increase Christian devotions
- Grow in one's love of the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and people
- Promote awareness of convictions
- Live an authentic life
- Accomplish good deeds
- Have consistent behaviors
- Retain healthy relationships
Sometimes it is helpful to know where you are in your progressive sanctification to take the next step in your walk with God. There are many measures for this, but below is a simplistic graphic to help you know where you are.
This graphic is also valuable for those who are in the process of reproducing disciples by allowing you to recognize where the person you're discipling is so you know what information to share with them and what would be their next step.
In this graphic, S stands for seeker, and D stands for disciple. Each section includes a description of how to identify someone at that level.
- S4- Resistant to anything spiritual.
- S3- Does not have any strong opinions in favor or disfavor of God
- S2- Are willing to hear about spiritual things and/or willing to attend something with spiritual content
- S1- Is asking questions about faith, Jesus, or the Bible
- D1- Attends church on Sunday mornings, but that is about all
- D2- Is part of Sunday School, growth groups, or some form of additional learning
- D3- Is involved in a reoccurring ministry
- D4- Is in the process of guiding someone in becoming more like Christ
Are you ready for discipleship?
How to Know if You're Ready?
- If you are spiritually hungry (ask lots of questions or motivated)
- If you will honor people's time and commitments
- If you are teachable (willing to listen, learn, and take criticism and advice)
- If you are available (can you meet regularly and willing to arrange your schedule to make this work)
- If you are willing to live an authentic life with integrity
If you are ready, be sure to get involved in one or more of the three discipleship programs SMC offers. Questions? Contact pastor Joshua Brueck at email@example.com.