A church body committed to developing disciple-making congregations and cultures
Component Lead: Pastor Phillip Gagnon (Pastor David Wendel and NALC Life-to-Life Discipleship Team)
Goal: More than 200 congregations intentionally developing disciple-making cultures by 2023
The goal is to produce disciples who are, themselves, able to disciple others. The disciples will be active in leading people to faith in Jesus, until they are able to lead others to faith in Jesus. Discipleship includes (is) following Jesus and helping others follow Jesus.
We will use the CREDO (Confessional Renewal Engaging Discipleship & Outreach) Initiative as the framework. This is not a one-size-fits-all approach, but a framework for developing disciple-making cultures.
We are planning for the expansion of trained guides for congregational support and will hold annual guide leadership training beginning in winter 2021.
Disciple-making will be incorporated into training for seminarians, interns and first-call pastors effective fall 2021.
We will also provide disciple-making models and resources for training youth and families/parents. We will work with Gary and Laurie Pecuch and the Life-to-Life Discipleship Team to support this emphasis.
The Rev. Phillip Gagnon
Assistant to the Bishop for Domestic Mission & Discipleship
The Rev. Dr. David Wendel
Assistant to the Bishop for Ministry & Ecumenism