"If you make my word your home, you will indeed be my disciples.”
~John 8:31 The New Jerusalem Bible


Our Discipleship Academy is designed for congregational and community growth and development in the Word of God. DISCIPLE Bible Study transforms the lives of persons who participate in a biblical and spiritual journey in ways that nourish the congregation while fostering an community environment that nurtures and encourages people to live as disciples of Christ.

The DISCIPLE Bible Study program is designed to develop strong local churches through the in-depth study of Scripture. Through DISCIPLE, persons are strengthened in their faith and guided into service and ministry. Strong, biblically nourished leadership will help your church grow in vitality and Christian discipleship.

What to Expect

The purpose of DISCIPLE Bible study is “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” ~Ephesians 4:12. What you can expect from the DISCIPLE Bible Study program is biblically nourished persons committed to live as disciples. Persons taking part in this study will learn the meaning of servant leadership, which is the term practiced within Faith Community Church -- "Servant-Leader."

DISCIPLE aims at transformation, not just information.

  • Why Study DISCIPLE?
  • The DISCIPLE Group
  • Commitment and Time Involved

Why Study DISCIPLE?

This is a foundational question and the answer is biblical supported in both Old and New Testament Scripture. DISCIPLE is a program of disciplined Bible study aimed at developing strong Christian leaders. It focuses on the disciple as learner, believer, follower, proclaimer, and servant while providing the fellowship of a small group for study, prayer, preparation, support, and servant-hood.

DISCIPLE assumes that the Bible is key to renewal in the church and affirms that the canon was formed as it is in order for God to speak to us. The study gives the Old and New Testaments equal time, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God and draws upon the work of scholars to aid understanding of the Bible.

The DISCIPLE Group

DISCIPLE is based on the model of Jesus and the twelve disciples. Small groups between 4-14 formed and gather for weekly study. We have found that fewer members can limit the discussion, and if a member or two leaves the group, it becomes much harder to continue. Having more than 14 members can also limit discussion, with too many people involved, and make it easier for persons to be less prepared and committed to the study.

Small group members may come from all walks of life, may or may not be members of the church, or may be first time or experienced students of the Bible. Regardless of their background, groups covenant together in terms of commitment of time, daily and weekly preparation, and attendance at all weekly sessions.

Small groups are led by "Lead Learners" throughout the entire study. DISCIPLE graduates who lead other studies of DISCIPLE but have never been to training usually approach the DISCIPLE materials and group process in the same way they first experienced it. Training offers hands-on experience with the resources and the additional components used with each study and provides understanding and practice of small-group leadership skills, the philosophy, the format of the material, and the weekly group schedule.

Commitment and Time Involved

DISCIPLE can reach its fullest potential when group members prepare, attend weekly sessions, and participate fully.

The Lead Leader’s commitment will include:

-- Inviting group members who gather as a cohort to study, share and grow together as a Christian community and as followers of Christ.

-- Guiding an orientation session and all the weekly study sessions of two and one-half hours each.

The group members’ commitment will include:
Studying about forty-five minutes daily in preparation for the weekly study session.
· Participating in session and all of the weekly study sessions.

The successful, productive group will covenant together for full commitment to study and prepare and to attend and participate. We recommend following the biblical pattern of Sabbath rest after six days of study.

 

For more information, contact LaDawne W. Jenkins at: ladawne@faithcommunitycc.org 
or call 630.634.2804