What exactly is Discipleship? The English word comes from a Greek term that combines the sense of being a pupil or student and an apprentice. Jesus’ first disciples followed him around, getting to know him better, learning things about him and God, how their belief should effect the way they live. It is exactly the same today. Discipleship means all this and much more. 

When Christians are baptised, they begin a life-long journey of walking with Jesus and learning from him. But this is not a journey we undertake alone: we are baptised into the company of others who are walking with us, the Church. Some are more experienced than others; some have been on the journey longer. But in walking and learning together we encourage and build one another up in our faith.

Your local church is the place to start. They are there to help you along this journey as you learn together to be faithful in worship and prayer, where you speak and listen to God, study his Word, and receive sustenance in the bread and wine of Holy Communion. It is there to encourage you and build you up in your faith, so that initial tottering steps on the Christian journey become confident strides. And it is there constantly to help you to focus outwards towards others not yet on the journey, in serving them and speaking and demonstrating the good news of Jesus.

How might we help you?

As an individual we can put you in touch with your local church.

If you are already a member of a church then the diocesan Mission Team are very happy to give practical support to parishes wishing to explore how they might more effectively encourage members to be effective disciples of Jesus Christ. We have people to talk to and a range of resources and courses that you can borrow. 

For more information about how we might help your church, please contact the Mission Team by email or by calling 01522 50 40 30 to speak to Richard Steel.