Willingdon's Discipleship Pathway is a resource to help each of us follow Jesus, be changed by Him and guide others to Jesus. We invite you into a journey of spiritual discovery and spiritual growth in community with others.
Followers of Jesus often speak about being a disciple or about being involved in discipleship. A disciple is someone who follows a teacher, and to be a disciple of Jesus simply means that we follow Jesus, are being changed by Jesus, and guide others to Jesus.
Our greatest desire is to see you meet Jesus, grow in your relationship with Him, and find an authentic community to do life together. On this page you will find downloadable tools to help you grow in your spiritual journey.
Willingdon exists to guide all who call this church home to “know Jesus Christ personally and to carry on His ministry.”
“Knowing Jesus personally” is a description of a relationship that begins when we choose to respond to His grace and follow Him. The second half of Willingdon’s mission “to carry on His ministry” expresses our desire to live out the truths Jesus taught and to live out the life He invites us to live. It is putting our relationship with Jesus into action.
But how do we go about knowing how to respond and live in this way?
The Discipleship Pathway was developed as a 4-phase pathway to help you identify where you are in the journey of knowing Jesus personally and following Him. The questions we’ve developed around each step of the pathway will help you identify your place in your spiritual journey
It is an amazing adventure and we’re here to walk with you to find answers to your questions and to grow your understanding of what it means to know and follow Jesus and to love people like Jesus loves people.
We use the Explorer, Hiker, Climber and Guide to help define each of these phases in our journey
This is a great resource for you if you have questions like:
If you classify yourself as an EXPLORER, the best place for you to connect could be in an Alpha or a “Discovering Jesus” group. These group experiences will help answer your questions in a setting where others have questions similar to yours.
You may also want to join a Community Group that meets regularly to develop relationships with other Willingdon folks in a more social atmosphere. Community Groups aim to help you connect with others by giving you an opportunity to meet new people and to join a Life or Discipleship Group.
If you have decided to trust Jesus as the One who forgave your sin, removed your shame, and gave you victory over death – you’ve made a very important, life-changing decision!
If you classify yourself as a HIKER, there are many great groups for you to connect with: join a Community Group, a Life Group, a Discipleship Group, and/or a Discovery Group!
As a CLIMBER you’ve developed some spiritual habits that are growing your relationship with Jesus as you take steps to increase your faith. You have experienced answers to prayer and are beginning to share your faith and serve in your areas of giftedness and passion. Your heart for the things God cares about is growing.
Perhaps it is time for you to step out in leadership of a Discipleship Group, a Life Group, or help with leading a Community Group. As you step into obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit, God will continue to guide you and build your faith.
Perhaps you want to grow your biblical knowledge by taking a Willingdon School of the Bible course. Maybe you’re interested in joining a Willingdon Short Term Mission Team or joining a community outreach team or prayer team.
As a Climber you’re entering the exciting period of seeing Jesus work in and through your life in new and exciting ways!
As a GUIDE you have followed Jesus long enough to know that being a Christ-follower can be hard, but you’ve learned a great deal that can benefit others. As you have discovered your gifts and passions in ministry, you have come to the place where you know what gives you joy, what God is calling you to, and how to share with others.
As the Bible teaches us in Romans 12, Christ-followers share the gifts God has given them with the body of Christ with joy and diligence.
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This tool is intended to help you identify where you are in the journey of knowing Jesus personally and following Him. Once you have completed the survey, we have suggested steps you can take to grow in your discipleship journey with Jesus.
The Bible Reading Journal provides a Bible reading plan and journaling guide to help you interact with what you’re reading and capture and remember what you are learning.
The Discipleship Group guide aims to facilitate a peer-based, same-gender group of 2-5 people who want to be intentional about their growth and development as disciples of Jesus.
Life Groups provide a group setting for you to build meaningful relationships and grow your faith in an intimate and supportive environment. Find out more about how to get connected!
Find out how you can get involved serving with our community partners.
Find out how you can get involved serving at a town centre.