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We'd like to help you grow...

Paul told the Ephesians, "...we are to grow up in all aspects into Him..." (4:15). That call still rings out today. Every believer must grow up in Christ. We are committed to helping every believer grow into maturity in their faith, but more than that, to make disciples who make disciples. Growth shouldn't stop with you. Our strategy is best summed up through the graphic below. Everyone starts out dead in their sins according Ephesians 2:1 and, for those who become believers in Jesus or are born again, they are transformed into a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Once you've been born again, your growth begins, just like a baby who grows into a child and then into a young adult and finally into a parent at some point in their lives. Our strategy includes four stages of vital work that the Holy Spirit engages in through your life. Everything begins with the share stage of life. Share is where new life begins to take new steps and where transformation begins. Share is where a new believer learns how to begin to follow Christ and becomes involved in worship and, hopefully, small groups. Connect is the next stage of life and is characterized by acts of obedience to Christ. We might say that you are beginning to mature in your young faith and this would be where you step into obedience of being baptized. You'll begin to engage in discipleship courses we offer through Disciple University. Courses like Experiencing God and So You Want to Be Like Christ? will become part of the curriculum of your growth in Christ. You'll learn how to share your faith with others during this stage as well using Share Jesus Without Fear. During the Equip stage you really begin to mature as you start to be less centered on self and more centered on Christ and others. During this stage, our goal is for you to become engaged in a ministry at First Denham. Ministry is meeting needs in Christ's name. You'll learn basics of following Christ through MasterLife and be equipped for leadership through Jesus on Leadership. During the Equip stage we want you to become a prayer partner as well. As our pastor says, "We can work while God watches or we can pray and watch God work." Prayer is essential to a disciple's life. The final stage, Release, is where you really begin to understand and implement the things you've learned in each of the previous three stages. A parent is someone who nurtures other people. They are often selfless and focused on the needs of other people. In this stage our goal for you is to be released to God's mission, discipling another person, and moving out as a leader. Our Disciple's University courses during this stage help to set the disciplines of discipleship into your life. You'll learn about what discipleship looks like through Real Life Discipleship and focus your mind on thinking like Christ in The Mind of Christ and you'll complete the coursework for Disciple's University by taking The Disciple's Prayer Life. This strategy is what we believe God has led us to use to make disciples who make disciples. We offer these courses throughout the year and will be looking for you to join us soon!