Introduction to Becoming Disciples process

What is the Becoming Disciples process?

 How do we make disciples of Jesus Christ? Becoming Disciples is a flexible process which enables congregations and faith communities to introduce people to Jesus and the life of faith. It is readily adapted to the life of every congregation. It offers a general framework and lots of resources.

  • In an atmosphere of warm hospitality we encourage people to ask questions about life and faith. We help them deal with difficulties and misconceptions. It is focussed on people not some pre-conceived course curriculum. (Inquiry phase)
  • We then use the content and rhythm of the Christian year to journey with Jesus and grow towards Christian maturity. It is Scripture-based and helps people encounter God in their lives. (Formation phase)
  • People learn spiritual wisdom through worship. We also journey with Jesus as we grow in personal prayer and Bible reflection. (Candidacy phase)
  • People discover their gifts and find their ministries. (Integration phase)
  • Liturgical rites mark publicly the stages of deepening conversion.

 The Becoming Disciples process focuses the congregation on the joyful task of co-operating with the Spirit in making disciples.

The Becoming Disciples process is for:

  • Youth and adults seeking meaning and fullness in life.
  • People wanting to find out more about the Christian life.
  • People wanting to grow into all God means them to be.
  • People seeking baptism, confirmation or renewal of faith.
  • Parents bringing children for baptism.

 What do participants do?

  • Experience warm hospitality and explore questions about the Christian life.
  • Hear the good news of Jesus Christ.
  • Participate in and reflect on worship.
  • Explore Christian beliefs – linking God’s story with their own story.
  • Have a companion who supports them one-to-one as they grow in faith.
  • Develop a personal devotional life.
  • Identify their gifts of ministry and begin to use those gifts.

 What can members of the congregation or faith community do?

  • Think about your own faith journey. Are you interested in going deeper in your relationship with God?
  • Consider what gifts you have which may be used in the process. Are you a host or hostess? Are you willing to offer to be a companion? Are you a good group leader? Are you good at organising? Why not talk to the team leader?
  • Pray for the Becoming Disciples process. The support of every member is valued.
  • Find out more by reading or going to a training progr