September 22, 2020

I whispered the words to myself in the dark: "The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want." They came easy and familiar to my mind, and I could feel my heart and breathing still as I repeated them. They were the reminder I needed. They were a prayer anchored in God's character: "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me." What a promise—God's abiding presence with His...

September 17, 2020

It has been a privilege and delight to share the stories of Equippers and Frontliners with you over the last several weeks. As I've sat down (virtually) with each of these brothers and sisters to hear what faithful discipleship looks like in their own context, I've been repeatedly encouraged.

This is part, I believe, of why we need to hear stories like the ones we've been sharing this summer. It's not only about learning from e...

September 9, 2020

Something I love about whole-life discipleship is how matter-of-fact it sometimes is. There’s no fanfare or fireworks for many of us, just simple day-in, day-out faithfulness in the spheres God has planted us. This faithful discipleship in the everyday makes me think of people like Donny Terenzoni.

When Donny thinks about what ordinary faithfulness looks like lived out, he says, “The biggest thing for me is how you live and how...

September 2, 2020

One of the beautiful realities of whole-life discipleship is that you never know where it will take you. It may push you to have a brave conversation with a co-worker, to give sacrificially of your time or money, or to take a different outlook on your role in the Kingdom as a parent. Or it may motivate you to start a nonprofit. This is what happened to Brooke Sulahian.

She says, “We are all designed for something bigger than ou...

August 25, 2020

“Discover life with God for the good of the world,” is the mission statement of Grace Chapel, where Tim Ghali serves as the Pastor of Group Life. The church has embraced the call to make disciples, nurture disciples, and equip them to live on mission in their everyday lives. “We want to invite people to see the deeper way of Jesus,” he says.

Tim knows that people are approaching discipleship from different places. Some people a...

August 17, 2020

Each Sunday, Alison Gerber remembers that many people are coming to her church extremely tired. It’s one of the challenges of life on the frontline in her New England context, where productivity is put on a pedestal. It’s also a reality that points to the need for encouragement from the church community for everyday faithfulness.

With this in mind, one of the ways that she encourages her congregation for their everyday Kingdom...

August 13, 2020

Have you been enjoying our blog series Equippers and Frontliners?

Hearing stories from other pastors, church leaders, and frontliners can be encouraging. I've loved meeting each of these brothers and sisters and hearing what faithful discipleship looks like in their lives. I'm looking forward to sharing more of these stories over the next few weeks as we finish the series.

But such stories can also leave us with questions. Where...

August 6, 2020

“When I met them, I was in a season that I didn’t have anyone to guide me,” Leigh Hamlet says about the couple who first discipled her. She was in high school at the time, full of questions and unsure how to fully live out her Christian faith. That’s when she met Dan and Lisa (you can read more of Dan’s story here), and their relationship has been pivotal in her life as a disciple of Jesus. 

Leigh says her discipling relations...

July 30, 2020

When Dan Sylvia reflects on his own discipleship journey, he can’t help but mention his friends. The communities that have been formative in his growth have not been about a revolutionary Sunday morning service but about the relationships that have focused him on the reality that “every day, all day, you’re never not a Christian.”

This vision of whole-life discipleship has shaped the support and relationships he seeks out as a...

July 23, 2020

A few years ago, Paul Ragusa had an encounter with God that changed his life. Though he had gone to church for most of his life, he found himself missing something critical. But then he had an experience he can only refer to as being “born again,” dramatically transformed into a new person in Christ. “I feel as though I have become an entirely different species of man with completely different capabilities,” he says. “All of t...

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