Pathway of Discipleship

At Cogdell we believe that discipleship is a life-long discovery process that begins with God’s grace drawing us into relationship with Jesus Christ. As we grow as disciples, we grow closer to God. As the process evolves, so do the spiritual practices that shape your growth. Each of us has a unique way in this process of growing closer to God. We are not all in the same place on this path, and we learn, grow and move in different ways.

Disciples follow Jesus by engaging in worship, studying scripture, especially the teachings of Jesus, supporting each other through prayer and companionship, sharing faith stories with others and generously giving and using gifts and graces from the Holy Spirit to build up the Church—the Body of Christ.

Discipleship involves:

  • Worshiping God regularly in a community of faith
  • Learning about the Bible and how to study the Bible
  • Growing in your faith through prayer and spiritual disciplines
  • Using your spiritual gifts from the Holy Spirit to build up the church
  • Sharing your faith story with others either to bring them into a relationship with Jesus Christ or to strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Serving God and neighbor through missions and outreach by embracing a hurting world


Spiritual Practices Evolve as We Grow

Personal Spiritual Practices

Category Exploring Growing Going Deeper
PrayerLord's Prayer
Grace at meals
Prayers for help
Regular times
Different types of prayer
Conversational prayer
Silent Prayer
Contemplative prayer
ScriptureInformal Bible readingDaily reading and reflectionLectio Divina
GivingOccasionalRegular and tithingSacrificial, beyond tithe
Faith SharingLearning about JesusGospel story & your storySharing with others

Engaging in Christian Community

Category Exploring Growing Going Deeper
Small GroupsSunday schoolShort term study groupWesleyan Group
WorshipOccasional attendanceRegular attendanceEngaged in participation
Service & OutreachServe where neededServe out of giftednessLeadership and equipping others
Faith SharingLearning about JesusGospel story & your storySharing with others