Five Stages of Discipleship
We are very excited about the…
‘Five Stages of Discipleship’
… we have launched here in South East Cyprus.
The ‘Five Stages’ came out of work and prayer following our Church Conference in April this year. At this conference we looked at ourselves, our
Our Mission Statement (see ‘
After the Conference, the leadership team met to pray, study and to work out ways in which we could get going on the
The idea is as follows…
Each and every member of the local church will be introduced to each of the Five Stages. Many existing members will have already passed through some stages or be at a particular stage in their Christian life. Some may be at more than one stage at a time. Those who are not connected with church at all will, of course, not have passed through any stage.
Our task as a church body will be to put the basic requirements in place and to encourage any and all to participate in some or all of the stages as appropriate but eventually all five.
The Five Stages are…
Getting Interested - Getting Committed - Getting Learning -
Getting Serving - Getting Leading
Example 1. A non believer will first have to ‘get interested’ ; our task is to enable them to do that.
Example 2. A believer who has recently become a Christian will need be helped to more deeply understand the Bible and it’s relevance in their lives; in other words, ‘get learning.’
Example 3. A person who is well versed in biblical truth and is already serving the church may well be ready to “lead’ within the church. By leading we mean to have a particular Ministry of their own within the church structure. (if you would like more details of each stage and how you might ‘join in’ please get in touch with me. See ‘Contact us’ page)
You will see that the main principle is about ‘ongoing discipleship,’ a program where everyone is, learning, serving and eventually leading. This process will never stop. As we have more ‘leaders’ engaged in ‘Ministry’, more ‘Ministry’ will take place and more shall become interested simply because we shall cover more ground.
We have produced an outline of the practical ways in which The Five Stages will work. It will involve individuals, house groups, social groups, large group Bible study, large group prayer meetings, small prayer group meetings and much more.
The ‘outline’ has been filled in, schedules arranged and published, invitations gone out. My expectation is that every member of the fellowship will join the scheme at a stage appropriate to themselves and everyone will encourage others. I want it to be clear that this is how we ‘do church’ here in South East Cyprus and I believe by doing so we will attract many to Christ.
These are exciting times! We are convinced that the Lord has great things in store for us, His Church! We believe that a time will come when some shall ask, ‘Do you remember when we started all this?’ And we shall respond ‘Thanks be to God!’