In our daily rush from errand to errand, it can be easy to miss the way the ordinary events of our lives shape our way of relating to others and to God. Every setting — from the Sunday morning sanctuary to the Thursday evening grocery line — is a context for discipleship.
With that in mind, the Wesleyan Discipleship App has been built with tools that help us approach our lives formatively. The app offers helpful tools for personal enrichment (daily devotional, customized bible-reading plans, Spanish bible study resources), evangelism and discipleship (discipleship pathway and evangelism tool kit) and community-building (membership resources, prayer and catalyst groups, webinar information).
In bundling these new resources together, the Wesleyan Discipleship App offers a unified framework that encourages a life deeply rooted in God’s presence.
“The new discipleship app puts discipleship tools for personal use, disciple-making relationships and church team reflections right at your fingertips,” reflected CMAD Director of Discipleship Rev. Kimberly Gladden. “You are only a tap away from engaging with resources that enhance your ability to be a disciple who makes disciples.”
Because the app’s intended audience is wide, any person — Wesleyan or not — can benefit from TWC’s thoughtfulness around holistic formation. “The app was created as an engaging tool for the entire Wesleyan Church, and also connects lay leaders and pastors with tools for their congregations,” reflected Rev. Megan Koch, CMAD project assistant.
Rev. Koch’s participation in the project included building the evaluation tool and discipleship pathway components of the app experience, both of which uniquely benefit church leaders. As pastors and marketplace multipliers think about the places they serve, the app offers valuable tools in building and evaluating their own disciple-making culture. The app and its resources offer a unified place where workplaces, neighborhoods, small groups or congregations can join together to utilize shared resources, build discipleship groups and request prayer for one another. Just as importantly, the hope of the app is to plant the language and focus of discipleship into the habits, practices and contexts of those who utilize it.
For more information on the Wesleyan Discipleship App (and other innovative tools The Wesleyan Church is producing), visit www.wesleyan.org.
Ethan Linder is the pastor of collegians and young adults at College Wesleyan Church in Marion, Indiana, and contributing editor at The Wesleyan Church’s division of Education and Clergy Development.