The Discipleship initiatives of The Wesleyan Church exist to develop disciples who live out The Great Commission and The Greatest Commandment given by Christ. We seek to serve in the development of disciples who make disciples. To facilitate disciple making, we:
- Provide resources for pastors and ministry leaders in discipleship ministries
- Equip lay people with supplemental discipleship tools. Check out these prompts to evaluate your discipleship model.
- Connect those with a heart for discipleship on a local, national and global church level
- Provide connections to social holiness hubs where you can learn more about living out your faith in service to your community
We believe that being a disciple impacts every area of how you live your life and that it is an ongoing, lifelong process of growth and spiritual development. To truly reflect what Jesus had in mind when he called us to transformational living, a disciple must lead a life where one’s pursuit of God is:
1. For every church to have an effective, holistic discipleship model
2. For every believer to evidence the life of a disciple in every area of their lives
3. For every church and believer to reach out to their community and world acting on the principles of holistic discipleship
The Great Commission: Matthew 28:19-20 (AMP)
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually – regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion] even to the end of the age.”
The Greatest Commandment: Matthew 22:37-40 (MSG)
“Jesus said, ‘Love the Lord your God with all of your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.”
We are here to serve you!
Rev. Kim Gladden
Director of Discipleship
Rev. Kimberly Gladden is an ordained Wesleyan pastor who graduated from Florida A&M University, and also with an M.Div. from Colgate Rochester Divinity School. Rev. Gladden loves to see God’s people transformed through spiritual growth opportunities. She has a heart of service and leads and supports mission projects around the globe. Most recently she served in the Buffalo, N.Y., area on staff as the small group pastor at Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church and simultaneously was the lead pastor at an urban church, Zion Quest. She has lectured for the World Council of Churches, All Africa Council of Churches and is on the Hephzibah Board of Directors, as well as served as an adjunct lecturer for the University of Buffalo. Founder of VisionQuest Ministries (a mission service organization) and the VisionQuest Community Christian Orchestra, Rev. Gladden brings 25+ years of ministry experience and a passion for the creative worship arts to her desire to equip the church for ministry.
Administrative Assistant for Discipleship
Stephana was born and raised in Richmond, Ind., where she first met and married her husband, Jackie, and began their family, which includes three beautiful blessings: Jaicey, Jackson and Joshua. Stephana has a passion for family and to encourage, strengthen and give hope to marriages. She and her husband speak at marriage events across the country. Stephana has been a home educator for the past seven years. She founded and directed a Christian Classical Home Educating Community to meet the need for many families in the community. Stephana has a passion to serve others well inside and outside of the body of Christ and is excited for the opportunity to work with an incredible team of like-minded people at The Wesleyan Church World Headquarters in the Church Multiplication and Discipleship Division. When Stephana is not serving she loves to exercise, ride bikes, spend time with family (doing almost any activity) and travel.
A Message from our General Superintendent
There are certain priorities and pursuits that matter and last. They start in the heart of God and through focused prayer capture the heart of The Wesleyan Church. This calls for Kingdom risks, an entrepreneurism of eternal consequence.
We celebrate every time a disciple makes a disciple. We are commissioned and empowered to be a disciple-making movement (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8) in multiplying locations. Perhaps the best evidence you are a disciple is when in turn you have made a disciple. After all, when Jesus first said “Go and make disciples…” He was talking to His own disciples. Being a disciple of Jesus is by nature contagious.
Discipleship can happen in a classroom, a coffee shop or a car. These are all potential contexts for discipleship, but they are not the catalysts for discipleship. Discipleship is people – lay and clergy, male and female, all ethnicities and generations – reaching to those who need to be discipled toward faith or discipled in their faith. Every believer is both a disciple and a disciple-maker.
I unapologetically challenge you to join me in giving yourself to the spread of the Gospel… for the glory of God.
Dr. Wayne Schmidt