Discipleship Pathway for Krum 1st United Methodist Church
In alignment with our local congregation’s mission statement: “To make disciples by loving individuals and families through our Lord, Jesus Christ.” we have established this intentional discipleship system so that we may better serve our Lord by working towards perfection in Christ as disciples and inviting others to join us in Christ’s ministry through the Church.
- The Great Commission: Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
- Discipleship: We define a disciple as “A follower of Jesus whose life is centering on loving God and loving others.”
- The Greatest Commandment: “37 He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
The Pathway includes foundational elements for growth in relationship with God and the church. An individual may focus on one or more elements at any given time, but cycles through the elements as they grow in Christian Discipleship.
In Loving God and neighbor we commit to:
- Live: We are committed to live in Christian community by sharing life’s joys and trials with others, and we bring it all together before God in worship.
- Learn: We are committed to learn about God through worship, covenant group membership, and personal study of scripture and Christian writings.
- Leap: We are committed to emerge from study, covenant groups and the four walls of the church to leap into our community for Christian service and to also serve the whole world.
- Lead: As we grow in Christ through the gift of the Church, we commit to help other disciples to grow in maturity and by leading in word and deed.
A disciple who loves God and neighbor is growing, when they desire at a greater level for God’s will to be fulfilled ‘on Earth as it is in Heaven’. As we grow in Christ we find ourselves desiring to participate in spiritual practices at a greater level as well, which include: Prayer, Giving, Witness, Worship, and the Ministry of Service.
When we continue to grow through these spiritual practices in the church we become part of God’s plan to reconcile humankind and this fallen world with God.