Our Calling: Discipleship
“I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Words of Jesus, found in Matthew Matthew 28:18-20
Christian discipleship is the life-long commitment to learning, and being transformed by, the person, teaching, and life of Jesus Christ.
Some people are embarrassed about the 'L' plate on their car when they are learning to drive. In our church, we're never embarrassed to say we are learners. Even the oldest, wisest Christian hasn't perfected what it looks like to follow Jesus, so we encourage our members to embrace their 'L' plate. The wonderful news is that learning from Jesus isn't a burden - it brings lightness, joy and freedom. Jesus said "Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matt 11:27-30)
To become a 'learner' of Jesus you must radically unlearn your former rebellious life - seek God's forgiveness for the offence that your life has been before Him, and commit yourself to this new way of living, with Jesus as the focus. We'd be thrilled if you wanted to join us on this great adventure of learning Christ in repentance and faith.
We believe that discipleship, learning the ways of Jesus, happens organically in both the church gathering and the home.
Our church is a transformative learning community - we are in this adventure of learning Christ together, and we hope that every time we gather it enables you to be transformed a little bit more into the likeness of Christ. When we gather, we open God's Word, and pray that God's Spirit will move, and we believe these are the two key elements to having a transformative learning experience. Our Sunday morning worship service is the central expression of this, and we hope it sets the tone and direction for every other time we gather. We also believe learning and growing as a disciple should happen organically in the home. We encourage husbands and wives; grandparents, parents, and children; to open God's Word together, pray for and with one another, and to share their experiences of life lived learning from Jesus. We often provide resources and training to help and encourage families who are on this adventure together.
Although we believe that discipleship happens organically, we also recognise the value in intentionally creating relationships where learning the ways of Christ can take place.
We have regular intergenerational events, to create an opportunity for younger disciples to learn from, and be inspired by, those with more experience following Jesus. We have some age specific ministries where individuals can chat with their peers about following Jesus at their stage of life. We run small groups so that close knit friendships can be established, in the hope that group members will openly and honestly care for one another and spur each-other on in the the life-long adventure of learning Jesus. We have various mentorship programs and we are continually looking to create missional opportunities for our congregation, so that they can be involved in the joy and privilege of calling others to a life of discipleship.
Below, you'll find more information about some of our intentional discipleship opportunities, and a few resources to help you on your discipleship adventure.
We have a variety of different small groups, but each with the same purpose: To explore God's Word, to build a sense of openness and friendship, to pray for one another, and to grow and develop as followers of Jesus as a result. If you'd like to hear about our different groups, please get in touch.
We help newly married couples to find an older married couple that they can meet with every-so-often. We encourage them to share a meal, and to chat about keeping Jesus at the centre of their relationship as they journey through the different stages of married life. We also have volunteer baby-sitters to help make this a little easier if kids come along.
Every other year our youth ministry leaders run an exodus team. This is an opportunity for young people to commit to a discipleship process which includes fortnightly Bible studies, before a team trip to one of Exodus's parter churches in Europe, where they are involved in community care and gospel outreach.
I'm part of a small group for retired men. Every fortnight we meet to learn from God's Word, and we always chat about how we can continue to grow as follower's of Jesus, even in this more relaxed season of life. We also have some social trips and regular barbecues with our families.
We love meeting with our marriage mentors every month and asking them lots of questions about changes and new challenges. They've always been open and honest with us, and we know they pray for us regularly. They've been such a blessing to our family.
Lauren & Steven, 8 years married
I loved both aspects of our Exodus Team, the Bible studies every other week, and the trip to Romania. I really got to know the other team members and they helped me to push on in my relationship with Jesus. I still see most of them every week in church, which is awesome.