What if there was a revolution of people in the Church who decided to stop doing discipleship and start being disciples? What if we left religion behind and started following Jesus. What if we stopped restricting God’s work to “quiet times” and lived every moment of every day connected to the vine? (John 15:1-8)
The spiritual disciplines are essential to following Jesus. A spiritual discipline is any practice that cultivates a constant connection to Jesus. They foster connection as well as identify and root out obstacles to connectedness. The whole purpose of the disciplines is cultivating a deeper connection to Jesus.
Every disciple has a base camp of disciplines he or she practices on a regular basis. And I believe a base camp should include at least one practice from each of these five categories: community, Sabbath, scripture, acts of service, and prayer. We are all created uniquely, so some practices fit like a glove while others may be more challenging. Our task is finding a specific practice in each category that we connect with naturally. And established a base camp that creates a solid foundation to strike out from and explore more challenging disciplines.
This section of the website is a resource for wherever you find yourself. If you don’t have a base camp, explore the disciplines here and find practices that line up with the unique temperament God has given you. If you have a base camp, use these resources to stretch yourself. Is there a discipline you have always wanted to try, or you are feeling a particular call toward? You never know where you may find a new home, and you never know where God will move next.
Additional Resources for Being Disciples
The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God by Skye Jethani
Discovering Soul Care by Mindy Caliguire