HBC DISCIPLESHIP PIPELINE
Over 50 times in the New Testament the phrase “one another” is used to describe our relationship to other believers. We are instructed to love one another, encourage one another, pray for one another, accept one another, bear one another’s burdens and build up one another. We really do need each other. God never meant for you to go it alone in the Christian life.
Discipleship is designed to help root, deepen and strengthen followers of Christ through a practical approach in the context of personal time with God and small group interaction. The primary objective is to take life changing steps toward a closer, more intimate relationship with God by learning, practicing and becoming consistent.
Discipleship at HBC breaks down into four areas, something that we call the Discipleship Pipeline. The first area is Congregation, and this includes our Sunday Morning, Sunday Evening, and Wednesday Evening Worship Services. The Congregation area also includes any large group gatherings at HBC. This is an easy on-ramp for people looking to be involved or find out more about who we are.
The second area is Connection. Our Connection Groups become the next step for those that use the Congregation area as an on-ramp for getting involved at HBC. These groups are smaller than a large group meeting, and they meet on Sunday mornings as well as throughout the week. We use Connection Groups in a variety of ways including Sunday School classes, Bible Studies and Community Groups. Connection Groups help people grow closer in their relationships with others at church and in their relationship with God. We have many of these groups already started here at HBC and they are a great place to get involved.
The third area is Core. These Core Groups are our Discipleship Training groups. These groups are smaller than the Connection Groups and are geared to encourage followers of Christ to go deeper in their relationship with Him. Within these groups members hold one another accountable and spur one another on in their relationships with friends, family and God. These groups can have several different set ups including leadership development, Bible Study, and accountability. These groups are designed for every age and can be done as a couple or as mens’ and women's' groups. Our Core Groups are the next level of involvement at HBC. We launched several groups in the Fall/Winter of 2016 and look forward to more launching in 2017.
The fourth area of the Discipleship Pipeline is Close. This area of the Discipleship Pipeline is personal, because this area is about your personal relationship with Christ. It is our hope, prayer and desire that each of the other three areas (Congregation, Connection, and Core) encourage you to have a deeper and richer spiritual life.
Why do we do discipleship and why do we have a plan for it? Well the answer is simple: Jesus told us to. In Matthew 28:18-20, we are told to go and make disciples. We believe that by using the Discipleship Pipeline, we have a plan and a method to help followers of Christ go deeper and have a richer relationship than ever before. There is a place for you and we would love for you to join us on this journey.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
- Matthew 28:18-20
HBC LEADERSHIP PIPELINE
Author John Maxwell once wrote, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” Believing that to be true, our desire is to create a culture that, as Lifeway Vice President Eric Geiger recently stated, “embraces developing others.” Developing leaders and helping them live out their call as disciples of Jesus is what is at the heart of the Leadership Pipeline concept.
The goal is to help HBC leaders learn how to lead from their God-given calling, giftedness, and strengths in the church’s ministry. Here’s the process: five selected leaders are guided through spiritual gifts and strengths inventories and then coached to discover how they can best utilize those gifts and strengths to God’s glory. Participants would be expected to read at least three resources along with God’s Word, take part in a retreat, activate their gifts and strengths in the church’s ministry, go through an evaluation/debriefing time, and then agree to assist in replicating the process so others can be equipped.
An additional option to learn strong leadership principles is a resource titled “Leadership Essentials” by Greg Ogden that a small group could navigate through together. It would require weekly meetings for several months. Ogden covers the character, posture, vision, and shaping of a leader. Among the subtopics are holiness and humility, spiritual disciplines, stewarding gifts, building teams, engaging people in mission, taming temptation, and dealing with criticism and discouragement.
We have many opportunities available for you to get plugged in to God’s Word, and more are coming. We hope to see you on Sunday!