Last updated 22nd November 2018
As part of our Vision 2026, The Church of England in Lancashire will be focusing intently on the importance of discipleship in the coming years as part of the 'Making Disciples' strand of the Vision.
We want to encourage people to be disciples every day of the week, from Monday through to Sunday. In addition, our 'focus on discipleship' aims to encourage better knowledge of the Bible; praying with greater depth and urgency for the Kingdom of God to come and giving more generously of our time, talents and money in the cause of Christ.
Watch this video before reading on, produced with the help of Bowland Media, in which we talk to people of ALL ages and backgrounds from our churches and schools across the Diocese to find out what being a disciple of Christ means to them in their daily lives.
Lots of people – probably you included! Disciples aren’t just the first followers of Jesus, and they aren’t ultra-holy people who’ve got everything sorted. We believe that anyone who follows Jesus and tries to live out their Christian faith is a disciple. We all have the chance to worship and to pray, to learn more about what we believe, and to live out our Christian faith.
When we read about Jesus’ life, we see him talking about everyday things, and meeting people going about their daily business. God is interested in every aspect of our lives. This life involves every aspect of who we are: at work; enjoying art, music, food, celebration and sport; and in worship, prayer and studying the Bible. And that can be how other people first come into contact with the Christian faith: a recent survey showed that over a third of practising Christians said that a conversation with a Christian had helped them to come to faith – and one in five non-Christians are open to find out more about the Christian faith.
If you have been a Christian for a while but would like to know more about your faith, you might like to consider doing one or more modules of the new Diocesan discipleship learning programme 'Routes of Faith: Making Informed Disciples'.