Disciples Made Here

Throughout Lent, we have focused on becoming a church that calls and equips people to build faith-filled communities that transform our community for Christ by looking at what it means to be a disciple. We’ve defined a disciple of Jesus Christ as someone who:

  1. Has Made a Commitment to Follow Jesus 
  2. Is In an Ongoing Relationship With Jesus
  3. Is Intentional About Making Disciples 

At Pittman Park, we believe that we can best live as disciples of Jesus Christ who are living out the mission of God by cultivating disciples who are:

  • Faithful Encouragers who consistently reflect Jesus to others in ways that build belonging.

Being a faithful encourager involves actively listening to God’s voice and responding with actions that demonstrate His love. Have you heard God’s voice lately, and have you acted on it? Consider how you can share your faith with those who may not share the same beliefs as you for them to experience God’s grace through you. Building belonging begins with genuine connection and understanding.

  • Humble Servants who generously share their lives to build up others.

Christ has given each of us unique gifts and resources. Reflect on what Christ has given you, and consider how you can share these gifts with others. Take a moment to identify the needs in your community that God is revealing to you. Being a Humble Servant means selflessly contributing to the well-being of others embodying Christ’s love through actions that speak louder than words.

  • Compassionate Leaders who walk alongside others in ways that build their capacity to honor God.

As believers, we are called to mentor and guide those Christ has placed in our paths. Reflect on the individuals God has brought into your life and consider how you can mentor and support them. Additionally, think about how you can care for those within your community, fostering an environment where people can grow in their faith and relationship with God.

  • Everyday Visionaries who are focused on the innovative work of building the Kingdom of God.

This role requires a willingness to tear down any barriers in our lives that hinder us from seeing and fully embracing the work of God. What aspects of your life need to be torn down to be more open to God’s work? Moreover, consider how you are actively putting into action the dreams, hopes, and visions God has placed on your heart. Being an Everyday Visionary involves seeing opportunities in the midst of challenges, living with purpose and intentionality, and striving to make a positive impact on the world around us.

Building faith-filled communities for Christ requires us who embrace these roles – the Faithful Encourager, the Humble Servant, the Compassionate Leader, and the Everyday Visionary. As we reflect on these roles on our journey toward Easter, let us strive to be intentional in our actions, listening to God’s voice, sharing generously, mentoring others, and actively pursuing the Kingdom of God. Together, we can rebuild our community, fostering a spirit of unity, love, and faith in Christ.

God bless,
Jonathan Smith
For Jesus. For People. For Community.