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Transformational
Discipleship

Committed to Loving and Serving

 God and Others Better

A Servant Leadership Development Process

WHAT IS TD?

VISION

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"They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." (Jeremiah 17:8)



The command of Jesus to "make disciples" (Matthew 29:19-20) is the framework of Christian ministry. Inherent in the word "mathetois" is the directive to develop and train others: "Train everyone you meet" [The Message]. Essential to training others is the awareness that the disciple must also acutely pay attention to his/her own spiritual life.



Transformational Discipleship implies spiritual formation. Christian formation is a discipline that is both personal and corporate, involving our inmost heart, our outward behavior, and the way we live together. Formation is the work of the Spirit who brings us to Christ and joins our lives to his, so that in struggle and newness of life we bear the image of the crucified and risen Lord and make him known to the world.



Transformational Discipleship is about the believer and the congregation growing in maturity in the faith. It is about the formation of our minds and our behavior.



Transformational Discipleship understands and lives out the call of Jesus to produce disciples. This is a proactive approach, helping each person pursue a deeper relationship with Christ. Because of what God is doing in him/her, each person is then able to train others.



Transformational Discipleship is an endeavor to develop a Kingdom worldview, seeking to be truly missional. This enables the congregation to interact with the issues facing our culture and form strategies to reach out to people.


 


"If the Kingdom is Jesus’ master thought, then servant leadership is His master principle." Transforming Leadership – Leighton Ford 

FRAMEWORK

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"Do not conform to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." (Romans 12:2) and "[be equipped] for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up." (Ephesians 4:12)


For decades organizations have committed energy to leadership development. We believe it is time for the church to make such a commitment to its people. We are choosing to take a positive, intentional step to servant leadership development with the intent that people who are transforming in their relationship with our God will have a positive, life-changing impact on others.  Parent to child.  Worker to co-worker.  Family member to family member.  Friend to friend.  Neighbor to neighbor.  Coach to player.  Church volunteer to those they serve.  Helpers to their community.  


We are doing so by providing a training just as Jesus did with his disciples. It is an 18 month process called Transformational Discipleship. We will recruit men and women who are spiritually open and willing to accept the rigors of this process. The setting for their training will be the 5 Pillars of Transformational Discipleship.


I.  RETREATS

There are 6 retreats.  A retreat kicks off each of the six 3-month modules.  They introduce the principles and module work of Transformational Discipleship while allowing for discussion, reflection and review in a safe, authentic community.   


II.  MODULE WORK

Module work between retreats helps deepen and strengthen your transformation so that you may love and serve God and others better as you come to learn that you are God's masterpiece with a masterpiece purpose in His kingdom. 


III.  COACHING

You are assigned a trained coach to proactively partner with you in the developmental process of TD to help you deepen the experience and reach your goals by providing clarity, giving direction, and maximizing your efforts.   


IV.  ACCOUNTABILITY 

 You will have a small group of fellow participants to proactively partner with you on your journey as you work through the Transformational Discipleship modules. You will hold each other accountable as God’s children and as participants in TD. You will be there for each other checking in on one another, offering encouragement, sharing joys and challenges, and praying for each other.  


V.  BOOK REVIEW GROUP

Your group also serves as a book review group led by a trained book review facilitator to proactively partner together as you delve into one text per module that edifies the content of that module while deepening and strengthening the journey and knowledge of each participant.

MODULES

1. Transformational Discipleship

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OCTOBER - DECEMBER


Galatians 4:19 - I am in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you.


The foundation of Transformational Discipleship is about understanding the basics of the spiritual

formation process. Everything we do is driven by God’s love for us and, subsequently, our relationship

with the Trinity. Jesus outlined the mission for every disciple as well as the importance of our ongoing,

intentional personal transformation to live out the mission. In this module we will give special attention

to understanding the role of transformation in the life of a Christ-follower. We will appreciate the link

between our spiritual life and our emotional life. We will discern how the evil one is set against our life

and what Jesus means when he invites us to live in freedom every day.


FOUNDATIONAL RETREAT at Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, WI October 5-6, 2019.  Spouses are encouraged to attend.  Everything is provided except your transportation and lodging costs.


2 COACHING SESSIONS 


2 SMALL GROUP MEETINGS

  The Emotionally Healthy Church by Peter Scazzero


MODULE WORK


JOURNALING

2. Embracing Vulnerability

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JANUARY - MARCH


2 Corinthians 12:9-10 - God said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."...For when I am weak I am strong.


Jesus taught us to pray, “Let your kingdom come!” An important piece of this prayer is that we need to

“let go of our kingdom.” In this module we look further into our disciplines or practices that get in the

way of us “letting go of our kingdom,” so that we can “let God’s kingdom come.” Since the Fall in the

Garden of Eden, humankind has been riddled with shame; therefore, we spend an inordinate amount of

energy covering up our shame, hiding our weaknesses, or proving that we are okay. Rather than

avoiding shame, Jesus invites us into grace and truth and emphasizes the importance of creating space

for God to work in our life. As we intentionally practice living in grace, we can embrace our weaknesses and recognize they make us strong, which allows us to be more vulnerable and authentic.


JANUARY INTERACTIVE RETREAT at St. Mark: January 17-18, 2020. Friday 6:30pm-9pm and Saturday 9am-3pm.


2 COACHING SESSIONS 


2 SMALL GROUP MEETINGS

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown


MODULE WORK


JOURNALING


3. Grounded in Purpose

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APRIL - JUNE


Romans 12:2 - Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.


The centerpiece for the next two modules is MissionBuilder TM , a process designed to help people explore the depths of their personal Story, uncover their Core Values, define their Purpose and articulate their Personal Mission. Our Story tells us who we are, where we come from and what stands in our way. By

exploring our Story, we can bring to light the Story themes – both conscious and subconscious – that

impact our personal and professional life. The insights we gain from exploring our Story and our passion will give deeper clarity to what shapes our values and purpose. We also have the opportunity to explore the purpose and mission God intends for each of us and appreciate how God values and has equipped us to live out that purpose with him.


APRIL INTERACTIVE RETREAT at St. Mark: April 24-25, 2020. Friday 6:30pm-9pm and Saturday 9am-3pm.


2 COACHING SESSIONS 


2 SMALL GROUP MEETINGS

Leadership and Self-Deception - Arbinger Institute


MODULE WORK


JOURNALING


4. Living Out Of Mission

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JULY - SEPTEMBER


1 Peter 4:10 - Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others.


The process of MissionBuilder TM continues as we explore how God has uniquely made us with talents

that are to be celebrated and developed in service to others. As we learn to engage more with our

talents and embrace the beauty of being servant leaders, we enter our various communities (family,

congregation, and professional) more authentically and better able to bring our best. We will integrate transformational principles into our life: being Purpose-Centered, Inner-Directed, Other-Focused and

Open for more transformation.


JULY INTERACTIVE RETREAT at St. Mark: July 10-11, 2020.  Friday 6:30pm-9pm and Saturday 9am-3pm.


2 COACHING SESSIONS 


2 SMALL GROUP MEETINGS

 The Gift of Being Yourself by David Benner


MODULE WORK


JOURNALING

5. Envisioning Discipleship

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OCTOBER - DECEMBER


Matthew 28:19 - Go, therefore and make disciples...


One of the last messages of Jesus before he ascended into heaven was the command of The Great Commission. It is the framework of Christian ministry. We are invited to be disciples: people called to live in such a way that others are impacted by their very presence because of their faith, personality,

strengths, etc. We will learn how Jesus spent three years modeling for his disciples how to actually

“make disciples.” We will break down the nuances of discipleship: WHO is a disciple, WHAT a disciple

does, and HOW a disciple makes disciples. Rather than follow a prescriptive formula, we will see that the

New Testament and Christian history provides principles in disciple-making that people can apply no

matter their stage in life, their personality, their talents, etc.


OCTOBER INTERACTIVE RETREAT at St. Mark: October 16-17, 2020. Friday 6:30pm-9pm and Saturday 9am-3pm.


2 COACHING SESSIONS 


2 SMALL GROUP MEETINGS

The Serving Leader 

by Ken Jennings & John Stahl-Wert


MODULE WORK


JOURNALING


6. The Calling of Jesus

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JANUARY - MARCH


2 Corinthians 1:3-4 - The Father of compassion and the God of all comfort [who] comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.


The beauty of the Kingdom of God is that Christ-followers have an amazing role. The apostle Paul call us “God's fellow workers” 1 Corinthians 3:9. We get the opportunity to be part of the Kingdom influence in

our world. We don’t do this on our own power; rather, we get to live interdependently connected to the

Trinity. We get to bring our Story to others by living vulnerably and authentically. We get to share with

others the redemptive power of the Gospel. We get to create experiences where faith can be nurtured.

We get to model for people what it means to surrender to the perfect love of God and how to do so. We get to invite people into transformational living.


JANUARY INTERACTIVE RETREAT at St. Mark: January 22-23, 2021. Friday 6:30pm-9pm and Saturday 9am-3pm


2 COACHING SESSIONS


2 SMALL GROUP MEETINGS

The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen


MODULE WORK


JOURNALING


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TRANSFORMATIONAL DISCIPLESHIP

A Ministry of St. Mark Lutheran Church

2066 Lawrence Dr. 

De Pere, WI 54115


2066 Lawrence Dr. De Pere, WI

(920) 336-2485