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1-On-1 Discipleship

Interested in either discipling someone or being discipled?

One-on-one discipleship is a journey through understanding, receiving, and living out the full gospel in partnership with a mentor who will help guide you through the fundamentals of our faith and towards your own unique and strengthened relationship with Jesus Christ.  Whether you are new to Christianity or have attended church for as long as you can remember, the question to ask yourself is, "Have I ever experienced being discipled?"  Many people, regardless of the length of their walk with God, would answer "no".  Anthem Community Church would like to invite you to engage in a one-on-one discipleship opportunity with a qualified individual from our church.
Watch our 4-part series, "One 2 One: The Journey Of Discipleship" from Lead Pastor, Marty Williams, as he goes over the importance, details, commitment, and commission of discipleship.  Sign-ups to be discipled will open on January 31st, after the series is complete.  We encourage you to watch the series first, read all the details, and of course, pray before signing up.  We look forward to speaking with you and are praying for you as you begin this journey in discovering a deeper relationship with our Lord and Savior.

What is "discipleship"?

The process of learning how to live for the glory of God by faith in obedience to Jesus through relationships with other Christ followers over time.

or, more simply put...

Helping others live the truth of Jesus in their everyday lives.

Discipleship is more than just claiming to be a Christian, going to church every Sunday, or even having a "spiritual moment".  It is an intentional, dedicated journey in understanding who God is, what He has done to have a relationship with you, and walking in obedience to His will.  And this journey isn't done alone.  Scripture tells us that we were designed for community and to teach one another what God has revealed to us through His written word (Gen. 2:18; Prov. 27:17; Col. 3:16).  Much like the relationship between the Apostle Paul and Timothy, we too are called to learn and teach others.  It is a commitment between two people, the disciple maker ("Paul") and the disciple ("Timothy"), to grow together in a journey of discovering and unpacking the truth of the gospel, applying it to their lives, and sharing the same message with others.

Where are you at in your journey?

Learn more about what discipleship is in our 4-part series

Part 1 - Our Place in the Structure

Part 2 - The Last Word

Part 3 - Paul & Timothy

Part 4 - Be Sure

Still interested in discipleship?

Check out the information below about our discipleship process, what the roles look like, and how you can sign up for 1-on-1 discipleship

The Journey

Disciples and disciple makers will go through the materials as they cover an understanding of who God is, who Jesus is, what being a Christian really means, and what living out a Christian life dedicated to obedience of God's will looks like.  The discipleship journey may be quicker for some and difficult for others depending on their background and understanding of the Christian faith but all stand to benefit from intentionally spending time together in prayer, study, and reflection of God's Word and its application in our lives.

The discipleship journey isn't set to any specific timeline.  It could take a few months, or a few years.  It really depends on both the disciple ("Timothy") and the disciple maker ("Paul") and how often the two are able to and decide on meeting.  Busy schedules don't exclude anyone from discipling/being discipled but it does add time to the process and going through the material.  Embarking on this journey is a commitment from both parties to see it through til the end.

The Material

The materials we use for the discipleship process here at Anthem Community Church is the Operation Timothy Signature Series produced by the CBMC (Christian Business Mens Connection).  The materials go through the fundamentals of our faith, relationship with God, and knowing and doing His will.  The materials are broken into 3 books: Life Questions, Life Foundations, and Life Perspectives.  There is also a Leader Guide available to assist both the disciple and the disciple-maker in getting the most out of the study and their journey together.  Each book contains between 6-7 chapters on topics like "Is the Bible Credible?", "Can I Be Accepted and Forgiven?", "Our New Identity", "Communicating with God", and more.  Great content whether you are new to church or have attended more Bible Studies than you can remember.

Sets (includes all 3 books and Leader Guide) are $25/ea. and can be purchased in-person or online by clicking GIVE in the menu above and selecting "Book Purchase", and picked up at our church office during normal business hours or in our Worship Center between services.  Contact Matt Olin to pick up your book set.

The Relationship

The relationship between a disciple-maker and a disciple are much like the relationship between the Apostle Paul and his disciple, Timothy.  Paul, the mentor, guided, equipped, encouraged, and empowered Timothy in understanding God and being obedient in following the call that God had on his life.  Timothy grew in faith through Paul's mentoring, and Paul's spiritual journey matured as well through bringing Timothy up in the faith.

Like Paul, we ask that disciple-makers be spiritually mature and healthy in the walk with Christ that they may be able to provide proper guidance, insight, and encouragement through this journey.  They do NOT need to have all the answers.  Disciple-makers should have already been discipled themselves at some point in their own spiritual walk.  And, like Timothy, we ask that those seeking to be discipled take the commitment seriously and dedicate the necessary time and effort required for this study, and a life committed to walking with Christ.

You should only disciple/be discipled by someone of the same gender, and ideally ( but not necessary, depending on the relationship) you should be discipled by someone older than you.  Couples may disciple other couples but you ideally, should not disciple someone of the opposite gender.  The disciple/disciple-maker relationship is not the same as a friendship.  A friendship may develop through the relationship but the focus should be on mentoring or being mentored.  Be considerate of the type of relationship you have.

The Purpose

The purpose of discipleship is not to build a great relationship between a "Paul" and their "Timothy".  That should be a joyful byproduct of the process but it isn't the purpose.  The purpose of discipleship is to follow the Great Commission that Jesus Christ gave (Matt. 28:19-20) and to teach others to do the same.  The relationship in focus isn't between the disciple-maker and the disciple, but rather each of us and Christ.  Though we are journeying together through discipleship, we are each growing and maturing in our relationship with Jesus.

 By committing to being discipled, you are also committing (when the time comes in your own spiritual walk) to go and disciple another person, sharing the truth, freedom, and relationship you've discovered, with them.  Your journey through discipleship doesn't end when you've completed the book materials, it's just begun!  After completing the Operation Timothy Signature book series, our prayer is that you feel equipped, encouraged, and empowered to go and share the Good News that is the gospel with others.

FAQs

How long is the discipleship process?
     It depends on each disciple/disciple-maker.  You may be able to complete one chapter per week (20 total) but the chapters grow more intense as you progress.

Do I have to know the person before I disciple them?
     Not necessarily.  If you're open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit you might find a great opportunity in discipling someone you've never met before.

Will I get matched up randomly if I sign up to disciple or be discipled?
     We will never force anyone to take on a disciple.  If you would like to disciple someone, but don't have anyone in mind, we will provide a list of individuals in the same circumstance and you may choose (or not) to meet with them and discuss discipleship.

What if I want to use different materials or disciple someone in my own way?
     We can't force anyone to use the Operation Timothy materials, although we do encourage our people to use it as it aligns with the beliefs and values our church holds.

What if I have a strong faith and walk with Christ, but I feel insecure about my knowledge of the Bible?
     The Operation Timothy materials and the Leader Guide are designed to help anyone be able to understand, and teach, the fundamentals of Christianity and a life in Christ.

Can I disciple more than one person at a time?
     You can disciple more than one person at a time, although we encourage you to consider the time and attention needed for each disciple before over-committing yourself.

Can I disciple family members?
     We encourage fathers to disciple their sons, and mothers to disciple their daughters, but we do not recommend that people disciple their spouses as it can create conflict and confusion in the mentor/mentee relationship.

Looking to disciple or be discipled?

1-On-1 Discipleship Registration





Have you already begun discipling someone?

Let us know if you've already begun discipling someone



Order the Operation Timothy materials online

Click the button and select "Book Purchase from the giving options.  The cost of each set is $25

Other questions about signing up for discipleship?

Contact Matt Olin (matt@ouracc.org) with any questions or concerns