The Church has been given a mission to "go and make disciples". Our job is to determine the most strategic way to accomplish this mission. We feel that there are various points in our spiritual journey that can help each of us in the process of furthering our development as a disciple of Jesus Christ. These points serve as steps towards spiritual maturity.
Connection Point: The first step to becoming a disciple is learning how to get connected to Jesus Christ and the Church. Salvation, baptism and church membership are essential to following as a disciple of Jesus. The church has been called the "Body of Christ". Once we make a connection, we are ready for the next step in this journey.
Growth Point: When we begin this journey, we are like a newborn baby. As we learn, we grow. As we grow, we get stronger in our faith. There are a number of practices (we call them "disciplines") that a follower of Christ are encouraged to pursue. Each of these disciplines help us grow and bring us closer to Christ. Bible study, prayer and generous giving are a sample of the multiple ways in which we grow.
Discovery Point: As we experience growth in our spiritual lives, we begin to mature. Mature individuals become responsible for the lives of other people. Spiritual maturity leads us to discover our gifts and talents and how they can be used in the church to minister and serve other believers. Once we discover our purpose within the "Body of Christ", we take on the responsibility of helping other disciples to connect, grow and discover.