Foothills Fellowship exists to be a worshiping community of God’s people whose lives are shaped by the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus; and who participate in the mission of God’s Kingdom by proclaiming the good news locally, nationally, and globally. This is our mission. If we were to boil this statement down to its simplest form, we might say something like this: Foothills Fellowship exists to be disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus. In Matthew 28:16-20, THIS is what Jesus called His disciples to do, and we believe that this same calling is on all believers even today.
This begs the question: How do you actually do this - make disciples who make disciples who make disciples? Well, we're glad you asked, because we actually have a plan - and it's actually working! Here's a quick look at the main parts of our plan...
STEP 1: BUILD A CULTURE OF DISCIPLESHIP IN THE CHURCH
In order to be a church of disciples who make disciples, a culture of discipleship must be established that includes language, rhythms, methods, and practices. Our discipleship culture is modeled after the discipleship culture Jesus created and passed on to His first disciples in the Gospels. Here are a few of the discipleship concepts that make up our discipleship culture. Click on each one to read more and to watch a video about them:
STEP 2: LIVE LIFE IN DISCIPLESHIP COMMUNITIES
Discipleship Communities are a structure that helps us get to our true goal: oikos. Oikos is a Greek word used in the New Testament to refer to “households” (extended families) who functioned together with a common purpose or mission. In the early church, discipleship and mission always centered around and flourished in the oikos. God has commissioned all believers to compassionately reach out to those around us, invite them to join us in community, share the story of the gospel with them, make disciples, and gather these disciples into families to follow Jesus together. That’s really what Discipleship Communities are all about.
STEP 3: LEARN IN DISCIPLESHIP HUDDLES
The goal of Huddle is for participants to develop their ability to independently hear God, develop action plans, and follow through. The Huddle process helps build confidence in hearing God and capacity to obey him. Yet Huddle isn’t just about building disciples, it’s about building disciples who disciple. Once Huddle participants have grown as disciples, they are expecting to begin their own discipleship Huddles. This is the main way the church can see discipleship multiplication.
STEP 4: GO ON MISSION TOGETHER TO MAKE DISCIPLES
We are convinced that best strategy for making disciples is to use the biblical "People of Peace" strategy. Jesus lays out this strategy in Luke 10:1-16, instructing 72 disciples in how to prepare people in the towns and villages He was about to visit. A central part of his strategy was for them to center their ministry around a Person of Peace (translated “a person who promotes peace” in the NIV). The Person of Peace was someone who welcomed the disciples of Jesus into his or her home, was open to the message they were bringing, and served them. We encourage people to begin using this strategy by simply identifying the people who know they are a followers of Jesus but still welcome them, listen to them, are open to them, and seek to serve them in some way. These are People of Peace, and together, we love them, welcome them, invite them to join our Discipleship Communities, and share the Good News of Jesus with them.