Equip Spiritual Disciplines Program

Practical Training for Wholehearted Discipleship

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. 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 weeks of a particular module prior to registering.

Module Information

Equipped for Scripture
The Authority of Scripture

The opening session of this module focuses on the origins of the Bible’s original composition, from “Oral Tradition” all the way to the 66-book collection we use today. By examining the history of Scripture and the various genres of writing contained within it, participants gain a deeper perspective on the different ways in which it holds authority over the life of faith. Week 1 Exercises focus on reading and comparing different sections of Scripture, and introduces the first of three Bible-reading disciplines: Narrative Reading. 

Translating Scripture

The second session begins with a discussion of what was learned from reading the different parts of the Bible and practicing the discipline of Narrative Reading. Participants then learn more about the importance of biblical translation and its detailed process, and also how to select particular “versions” of the Bible for personal and communal reading. For the Week 2 Exercises, the discipline of Bible Study is introduced and broken down for clearer understanding.

Engaging Scripture

The final session of this module opens with discussion of the previous week’s exercises in comparing different translations and practicing the discipline of Bible Study. The bulk of this session focuses on the study of Biblical Inspiration and its significance to engaging with Scripture as both an authority and a guide for modern life. The module concludes with the introduction of the third Bible-reading discipline: Devotional Reading. Participants learn how this discipline differs in practice and process from the other two. Week 3 Exercises center around developing a personal Bible-reading plan to apply over the next few months and into subsequent years.

Equipped for Fellowship
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 be corrupted as well as redeemed. Additionally, the Enneagram personality type system is introduced as the tool that will further individual practice of the module’s content, and subsequent group discussion. Session 1 concludes with the introduction of the first of three “fellowship-centered disciplines,” Encouragement. Week 1 Exercises include an in-depth personality type assessment (RHETI-1), taken online in conjunction with the module workbook. 

A Design for Relationships

The second session of this module begins with a spirited discussion of participants’ results of their RHETI-1 personality profile, and what insights it provided regarding their personal relationships inventory. Detailed instruction of various Enneagram personality types – and how each type relates to the others – follows. Participants determine the do’s and don’ts within particular relationships based on the different personality types represented. The session concludes with an introduction to the second spiritual discipline, Compassion. Week 2 Exercises include the practice of both Encouragement and Compassion, and the continued study of the Enneagram personality type system.

Deepening Relationships

The final session of this module opens with a discussion of participants’ individual experiences practicing the disciplines of Encouragement and Compassion, not only as having impact on others but also on one’s personal behavioral habits. 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. The session will conclude with an in-depth discussion of the spiritual discipline of Forgiveness and how it can be practically applied in our lives. Week 3 Exercises will guide participants in several key resolutions pertaining to genuine fellowship in every area of life.

Equipped for Prayer
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.

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.

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.

Equipped for Ministry
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.

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.

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.

Equipped for Evangelism
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.

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.

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.

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