In this morning’s OaTH message (you can listen to it by clicking here), we spoke about our training culture we’re forming called R.E.D. and the vision we have for it. The letters stand for Recruit, Equip, and Deploy, and we believe this is simply our wording for the great commission Christ has given the church in Matthew 28:18-20.
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
As part of our R.E.D. training culture, we have developed a plan of action to see to it that we develop into mature disciples of Jesus Christ. This isn’t a perfect system, and it may not even be an “evergreen” system; it’s simply what we feel emerging adults in our current society need to focus on right now.
So, if you’ve listened to the OaTH message, you’ll understand that these aren’t stand-alone concepts. They are derived from our common purpose and are done in the spirit of our values as a culture. But, this post is simply so that you can see these concepts and begin to become familiar with them… cause, well, you’ll be hearing them a lot more in the days ahead. So, here they are.
- Participating and plugged into the ministry of the church
- Practicing discipleship with others in a CLC
- Mentoring Relationships
- Strategic attention to and application of learning in your vocation
- Formal & informal learning by gifted and trained teachers and coaches; such as
a. Sunday Gathering and proclamation and teaching of scripture
c. Whiteboard classes
- Convergence Cohorts – common “calling” learning together (entrepreneurs, mothers, emerging pastors, musicians, missionaries; educators, social workers; engineers; linguists; contractors and artists).
We have identified a group of “measurable” core pursuits we want to learn as we progress so that we can be sure we are progressing and becoming and doing what we are trying to become and do.
Each of these 12 elements begin with the word “know” because in scripture we see that “knowledge” is always an experiential knowledge, not simply a cognitive education.
- Know God
- Know God’s Word
- Know the Church
- Know God’s Heart for All People
- Know Yourself
- Know How to Make Disciples
- Know How to Think Critically
- Know How to Live Strategically
- Know How to Interact with Others
- Know How to Work
- Know Kingdom Leadership
- Know God’s Direction for Your Life