At Hope United Methodist Church, disciples are followers of Christ who choose to pursue a relationship with Jesus Christ that progresses throughout their lifetime. It begins with questioning, longing, and experimenting with the idea of our need for a savior (seeker). It then moves into a relationship with Jesus (follower). Then, throughout our lives, we move into a deeper relationship with Jesus (disciple).
We affirm that disciples should participate in ministries in all three of these areas. In addition, as our faith deepens, our level of commitment to each of these areas will also increase. Therefore, we have developed a chart that includes the three focus areas, as well as three deepening levels of commitment. This chart is meant as a guide to further our faith journey and to give us an idea of ways to take the next step on the discipleship journey.
‘Grow’ ministries include anything in which the primary purpose is to learn more about God, faith, and the Christian journey. These include Sunday School, Bible study, small group studies, Vacation Bible School, etc.
‘Serve’ ministries include anything in which the primary purpose is to participate in ministries that help others. These include mission trips, service days, preparing meals for the homeless, church cleaning days, giving, etc.