What is DiscipleLife?
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Listen to the DiscipleLife Song
We call it DiscipleLife – the experience of being disciples in our day just as the disciples in Jesus’ day. Those who gathered around Jesus discovered that their very being was changing because of what they learned and saw and loved in him. DiscipleLife is an invitation to learn, study and reflect as students of the Teacher, but also to grow, change and re-order the way we live our lives. DiscipleLife is not just something we might do, it is something we are. It is not just something we practice, but something we become. It is not just learning about the living Christ, but allowing the Christ to live in us.
The NT-NL Mission Area has been exploring its call to DiscipleLife in recent years by focusing on congregational mission, personal discipleship and missional leadership.
At Work in Mission
(Finding our mission in our community at the intersection of these three things:)
Our identity and purpose
Our context for ministry
Our gifts and resources
(Described in Power Surge: Six Marks of Discipleship for a Changing Church by Michael W. Foss.)
Regular Reading of Scripture
Engaged in Service for Others
Active in a Small Group
(Inviting our lay leaders, pastors and members to give their best energies to the pursuit of)
Mission rather than Maintenance
Relationships rather than Tasks
Modeling rather than Managing
Positives rather than Problems
Unity rather than Differences
The Northern Texas – Northern Louisiana Mission Area has declared that its purpose is to be Sowing and Growing Disciples of Jesus. We envision ourselves to be a mission-oriented, dynamic, innovative and fast-growing mission area that builds its life around several key values:
Mission: responding to the Great Commission (Matt. 28)
Discipleship: practicing the Six Marks of Discipleship
Heritage: sharing the teachings and traditions of our Lutheran faith
Outreach: providing safe, life-giving, transformational experience
Ministry: trusting in the gifts that lay and clergy both can give
Excellence: exercising integrity, innovation, flexibility and justice
Focus: building on strengths and empowering ministries.
Congregational Mission: A Bible Study in Three Sessions by Pastor Stan Meyer