NASHVILLE—This fall LifeWay Christian Resources is launching a new long-term study designed to “make disciples who make disciples.”
“Disciples Path: The Journey” is a one-year small group study that focuses on helping both new and existing believers understand and apply core Christian doctrines to become more mature disciples.
“Discipleship is one of those things we talk a lot about in the church, but many times we have difficulty putting it into practice,” said Michael Kelley, director of groups ministry at LifeWay.
For that reason, LifeWay introduced a series of short-term studies called Disciples Path last year and is expanding it this fall into “Disciples Path: The Journey for a more long-term approach.”
“With Disciples Path,” he said, “we wanted to provide a simple tool that equips people well to make disciples.”
Each study in Disciples Path lasts five to six weeks and builds on the previous ones, Kelley said. “At the end, not only will people have moved forward in their spiritual journey, they will be ready to bring others along in that same journey.”
After hearing from those who have used the short-term study, leaders at LifeWay realized there was a need and desire for a longer, more comprehensive study using those same discipleship principles.
In creating The Journey, LifeWay developed four volumes that take participants through the life and work of Christ and into responsibilities of Christians. “A church can set aside a year, put all their groups on the same page, and walk through an intentional pathway of discipleship,” Kelley said.
Each of the four volumes has 13 sessions that allow for group discussion, but also application and activities for participants to do in their personal time between meetings. The Bible studies, Kelley noted, encourage leaders to model a biblical life in front of and alongside group participants, who can then follow the leader’s example and make disciples themselves. (BP)