Today, there is an urgent need to think creatively and constructively about Christian growth and faithfulness. Faith communities would do well to put more emphasis on practicing discipleship as a quest, a drive to maturity and depth in Christ and his resurrection life. If we believe in the incarnation, then our prime driver should be to follow Jesus’ example in all that entails, towards the flourishing of a robust, engaging faith.
The following arenas of discipleship highlight ways to establish Christians in the way, the disciplines, the truth, the beauty, and the goodness of the abundant life. A substantial list of resources towards this end is included in the bibliography. The flow of the points runs from most basic to more challenging aspects of the quest.
When we began this project, we would never have imagined 28 categories. Many thanks to all the pastors who made suggestions for this document, especially Darrell Johnson and David Jenkins.