Part of our vision at Westgate is to cultivate a pervasive culture of life-on-life discipleship aimed at fostering maturity, equipping for gospel service, and passing the faith on to the next generation (2 Tim. 2:1-2; 3:10-17). Without a consistent practice of intentional disciple-making, we will only ever be scratching the surface of spiritual maturity or missional activity.
But we don’t just want to talk about disciple-making. We want to help you by doing it with you. For that reason, Pastor Brandon and Pastor Bruce would like to invite you to be a part of our discipleship coaching at Westgate.
Who is this for?
Everyone—whether you’ve been a Christian for a day, or walking with Christ most of your life. We can all benefit from taking a focused look at what it means to follow Christ and make followers of Christ, and everyone can take what they’re learning and pass it on. Moreover, this kind of personalized approach to coaching allows us to tailor our time to each participant’s maturity level and ministry interests.
How does it work?
Triads. We’ll be working in groups of three, either two men with a pastor, or two women with a pastor. Working in triads improves the learning and application process and provides better accountability. You can suggest your own partner when you sign up, or if we can help pair you with someone.
Meetings. Discipleship doesn’t just happen through meetings, but having a regularly scheduled meeting is important to ensure that we are able to spend regular time together. Each triad will meet every other week for 90 minutes at a time worked out together with the pastor.
Content. We will start by helping each person work through a self-assessment to develop a personalized discipleship plan, and part of our time together will be working through portions of Francis Chan’s book, Multiply. It’s a helpful, practical guide for both understanding the call of discipleship and growing as a disciple, and something you can easily turn around and use to mentor someone else.
Commitments. To ensure that we’re making the most of this partnership, we ask participants to make the following commitments:
1. Make biweekly meetings a priority. Do everything you can to be present and come prepared.
2. Plan to pass on what you’re learning to someone else. Whether you’re currently meeting with someone else or plan to do so when the coaching is completed, our desire is to see gospel ministry multiplied among us. Moreover, you learn better when you give what you’re learning away, whether that’s to a non-believer who is exploring the gospel, or a younger believer looking to grow. Think 2 Timothy 2:2: “what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
What does it cost?
There is no cost to be part of the program, but there will be some resources we’d like you to purchase, such as Multiply by Francis Chan and Mark Beuving (about $15).
When does it start?
We are beginning to form triads right now. We plan to start the coaching meetings in February, and expect them to last through July or August.