programs can be great, but sometimes people believe that if they go through a class
or program at church they are being discipled. Not necessarily. Discipleship is
not a program, it is the transfer of the faith of one person into the
life of another to a point in which the person being disciple becomes an
effective discipler of someone else. It involves teaching and learning, the
development of ministry skill, and most importantly it involves the disciple
taking on the character of Jesus Christ.
At Berean we
believe that there are many discipleship opportunities that do not fit very
well into programs. We have a basic strategy for discipling people, but we have
found that every strategy needs to be adapted to the person in question that is
being discipled. That is why relationships are so important to us. Our goal is
that if someone comes to our church to try and get help to follow Jesus Christ,
we want to be equipped and ready to help them. If they cannot come to the
programs we offer for whatever reason, but still want to be discipled, we want
to be available to them for that purpose.
is not a program, it is a way of life. It the most rewarding way of life, and
we want to introduce this life to others who desire to follow Jesus.