Practical Training for Wholehearted Discipleship
Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 pm in G-201
$5 for materials per module
e-quip (ē kwip´, i-) — to provide for what is needed; outfit; to prepare mentally for a particular situation or task
Designed as a way for people to mature as devoted and active followers of Jesus while still living in our busy, workaday world, this is a unique program for those interested in developing a strong and genuine faith.
Equip is an in-depth discipleship course conveniently divided into five parts, or modules. Each module is composed of three 90-minute sessions. The five modules, each focusing on a different key element of personal spiritual transformation, can be taken in any sequence. Because each session is intensive, it is important for participants to ensure their schedules are clear for all three weeks of a particular module prior to registering.
Module 1: Equipped for Scripture
1/18: The Authority of Scripture
The opening session of this module focuses on the makeup of the Bible and the origin of its composition. Participants also learn about the various views of biblical inspiration, combined with its unique compilation, influence the ways we read and apply Scripture. How we read it, and study, and apply Scripture to our lives. Week 1 exercises focus on reading and comparing various sections of the Bible.
1/25: Translating Scripture
The second session begins with a discussion of what was learned from reading the different parts of the Bible. Participants then learn more about the process and importance of biblical translation, and how to select particular “versions” of the Bible for personal and communal reading. Additionally, the spiritual discipline of Narrative Reading is introduced as one of the focal exercises during Week 2.
2/1: Engaging Scripture
The final session of this module opens with discussion of the previous week’s exercises in comparing different translations, and practicing Narrative Reading. Following this, participants will be introduced to three more Scripture-centered spiritual disciplines: Devotional Reading, Praying Scripture, and Bible Study. The latter discipline is detailed, with additional advice on the methods that allow for careful, accurate study and application of Scripture. Week 3 exercises center around developing a person Bible-reading plan to apply over the next month, 6 months, and year.
Module 2: Equipped for Fellowship
2/8: A Theology of Relationships*
This module opens with an in-depth look at the role community plays in God’s design for humanity. Participants contribute to a discussion of the variety of relationships we experience over a lifetime, as well as how those relationships can become corrupted and how they can be redeemed. Additionally, teaching begins on the subject of individual personality types, and how these affect various kinds of relationships. Week 1 exercises include an in-depth personality profile, known as the Enneagram, as well as a personal inventory of relationships.
*Prior to attending Session 1, participants must complete the 4 Temperaments Assessment sent to them via email, print out and bring the results to class.
2/15: A Design for Relationships
The second session of this module begins with a spirited discussion of participants’ results of their personality profile, and what insights it provided regarding their personal relationships inventory. Detailed instruction of various Enneagram personality types – and how they relate to each other – follows. Participants determine the do’s and don’ts within particular relationships based on the different personality types represented. Week 2 exercises include the practice of fellowship-centered spiritual disciplines, including but not limited to Encouragement, Detachment, Forgiveness, and Sabbath.
2/22: Deepening Relationships
The final session of this module opens with a discussion of participants’ individual experiences practicing the fellowship-centered disciplines, both those that affect personal behaviors and those that impact the lives of others. Following this, the class will consider how the combination of understanding personality types and committing to spiritual disciplines can redeem and even transform existing relationships. Week 3 exercises will focus participants on several key resolutions pertaining to their pursuit of genuine fellowship in every area of life.
Module 3: Equipped for Prayer
3/15: The Theology of Prayer
The opening session of this module focuses on what Scripture says about the act of prayer, and the specific attitudes and objectives of those who would engage in the discipline of prayer. Participants learn about specific prayer “postures” and the first week of exercises focus on practicing each one.
3/22: Disciplines of Prayer
The second session begins with a discussion of how participants succeeded or struggled with the specific prayer “postures” introduced in session 1. Following this, the focus shifts to a study of the ways prayer stands at the center of other particular spiritual disciplines, such as solitude, fasting, and worship. Week 2 exercises provide opportunity for participants to practice the prayer-centered disciplines of their choosing.
3/29: Techniques for Prayer
The final session opens with participants detailing their practices of prayer-centered disciplines. An in-depth examination follows regarding particular prayer techniques, including specific prayer formats, the use of prayer books and guides, and the frequency of certain forms of prayer. The final week of exercises in this EQUIP module will guide participants in the creation of a “praying identity” they believe meets their individual personalities and needs.
Module 4: Equipped for Ministry | Registration »
4/12: The Purpose of Spiritual Gifts*
The initial session of this module focuses on the role spiritual gifts play in the Church. It sheds light on the many misconceptions about spiritual gifts, and provides clarity on the function and benefits of them, specifically within the context of our modern culture. Participants are introduced to the biblical basis for the gifts, as well as the particular spiritual disciplines that help us develop them. Week 1 exercises focus on the completion, review, and contemplation of a Spiritual Gifts Personal Inventory.
*Those who have not yet participated in Equipped for Fellowship will be required to complete the 4 Temperaments Assessment in addition to their Spiritual Gifts Personal Inventory.
4/19: The Types of Spiritual Gifts
The second session of this module opens with a discussion of participants’ specific results from the Inventory, and how these results may or may not appear connected to personality types and individual interests. Questions and lingering concerns are addressed. Following this, the spiritual gifts listed in the Inventory are detailed, with special attention given to each one’s role in a local church setting. Week 2 exercises include assessing one’s present faithfulness to his or her gifts, and committing to a time of focused prayer for future opportunities to use the gifts.
4/26: The Development of Spiritual Gifts
The last session of this module will begin with a time of discussion regarding further thoughts and insights on participants’ gifts. Instruction will focus on specific spiritual disciplines that help disciples learn obedience in their gifts, and provide opportunity to serve the Church in new, life-changing ways. Participants discuss the unique impacts that spiritual gifts can have on a local church and its surrounding community. Week 3 exercises encourage the implementation of particular spiritual disciplines within a personal plan for gift development and stewardship.
Module 5: Equipped for Evangelism | Registration »
5/3: The Message of the Gospel
The opening session of this module will introduce the concept of “theological worlds,” which inspires a larger view of the impact the Gospel of Jesus Christ can have on society. Participants will learn the five different ways people process and respond to the Gospel, while simultaneously evaluating what “world” they are most familiar and comfortable with. Week 1 exercises include a Theological Worlds assessment, as well as the reading of related passages of Scripture.
5/10: The Intrigue of the Gospel
Following an opening discussion of participants’ personal reflections on the Theological Worlds theory, this session’s time of instruction will focus on particular approaches and strategies for entering into “faith conversations” with relatives, neighbors, friends, and coworkers. Additionally, participants will be introduced to specific spiritual disciplines that provide opportunity to communicate and exemplify the Gospel. Week 2 exercises will concern the implementation of initial steps toward pursuing faith conversations with others.
5/17: The Pursuit of the Gospel
The final session opens with the sharing of experiences from Week 2, followed by a brief time of prayer in which the group commits these initial steps of evangelistic relationships to God. Following this, instruction will focus on some of the techniques and methods regarding the spiritual disciplines of Discipling and Mentoring seekers and new believers in the Christian faith. Week 3 exercises will focus on the crafting of a personal evangelism plan with key accountability points of 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year.