Developing Discipleship at St Mary’s Church
19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28: 19 – 20.
This passage from Matthew is often seen as the great commission to the church to carry out mission. One aspect of this passage is sometimes overlooked and that is the call to make disciples. This involves much more than just reaching out to people in mission. It is also about making and growing disciples, and this includes growing ourselves. This becomes a more demanding command and means more involvement by individuals and the church. It raises the question for us today about our motivation as a community of Christians. Are we seeking to be, make and grow disciples of Jesus Christ?[i] Or do things simply get in the way? This is something we need to consider at St Mary’s as we look to develop our church members’ spiritual growth and carry out the new vision for our church. In doing so we will join the recent conversation that the Church of England has begun about developing discipleship in the wider church.
One of the ways that we do this at St Mary's is through courses. These courses are designed so that they can be taken by any member regardless of academic ability but are challenging enough to help people grow further in their faith. The topics covered can be varied from Church History and the creeds to development of pastoral skills.
We plan to have different courses throughout the year. For more information about these and to see what courses are upcoming then please see our dedicated discipleship website:
Or contact our church office.
[i] Philip Meadows, Wesleyan DNA of Discipleship (Cambridge: Grove Books, 2013) P.27