Grounded in the Great Commission, the mission of the Discipleship Initiatvie at Gordon-Conwell is to disciple as many seminary students as possible who are then trained to disciple others. Our goal is to incubate a disciple-making culture at the heart of the seminary where students will become equipped through their own experience to shape “disciple-making disciples” wherever they serve.
Our 2017-18 Discipleship Initiative experienced growth in both faculty / staff disciplers and student disciples. The initiative also produced its first round of students discipling other students. As the year wore on, our team realized that we needed to begin documenting the potential spiritual growth in our students.
We are currently working on a beta test Discipleship Survey to collect base results. We are researching the methods in which we will collect both qualitative and quantitative data to support our objective – spiritual growth in our students who will go out into the world to continue ‘The Great Commission’ no matter the type of vocation they have.
We currently have a wait list of students who are interested in participating in the initiative. We are also interviewing more faculty and staff as potential disciplers, as some faculty are going on sabbatical this next year.
The Fall 2016 Discipleship Initiative started off strong with eight faculty and staff disciplers. The Disciplers took on two-three current Gordon-Conwell students who came from various programs within the seminary. The students signed on because they were interested in developing their spiritual life.
By the end of Spring 2017, we realized that students had a real hunger to be discipled. This meant adding more faculty and staff to our growing numbers.
We also hired an Assistant Director of the Discipleship Initiative to track data, budget, and to build interest in the program.