Discipleship

 The culture of Trinity is that we are passionate about discipleship. We are committed to living lives that look like the life Jesus lived! We believe the best way to live this life is to follow the life rhythms of Jesus. The life of discipleship, being a learner in the ways of Jesus, takes intentional effort and lots of grace. At Trinity we encourage people of all ages to step into this transformational life of following Jesus. There are some key elements that define the discipleship culture at Trinity. 

It is important to remember, especially if children reside in your home, that you are their most effective example of what it looks like to be a disciple of Jesus. Model what you desire for them - opportunities abound!


Adult Faith Formation-Huddles

In 2012 we began using the vehicle of HUDDLES (small discipleship groups)

  • Huddles gather to learn the life rhythms of Jesus. Our key discipling tools are called life shapes (Kairos Circle, Leadership Square, Up-IN-Out Triangle, Lord's Prayer Hexagon, Five-fold Ministry Pentagon etc.) Together we dig into God's word as we examine the life of Jesus and His call to follow Him as disciples.
  • Huddle members integrate these "life shape" tools into our lives, following Jesus' example. We listen to what God is saying to us and encourage and challenge one another to follow through and act on what God is saying to us. 
  • Huddle members submit and surrender to God and to one another as we grow into disciples, who are living in a way that will make disciples. 

The process of creating huddles begins with a leader who has previously been huddled and continues to be in a huddle relationship for support and accountability. That leader prays and pays attention to people in their lives who are PEOPLE OF PEACE to them. People of peace share a mutual accountability, a willingness to serve each other and the world, and is someone who has been prepared by the Spirit, for this season, to learn and grow as a disciple. After clearly outlining the guidelines of this discipling relationship, a huddle leader then invites those people of peace into their lives to begin discipling them.

Huddles meet at an agreed upon schedule, usually twice a month for about two years as huddle members are invited and challenged to go even deeper into an integrated life of discipleship. Often huddle participants feel called to launch their own Huddles. This multiplication is the key component to more opportunities for others to be involved in a Huddle. 

Since 2014, Trinity has incorporated huddles into our Sunday morning children's education- which we now call KAIROS QUEST. Read more about KIDS KAIROS QUEST HERE!

At the Spirit's urging, we continue to seek new and creative ways to invite more people into the experience, to let the Spirit work outside of the structure that we have become accustomed to and to provide various pathways of deeper involvement for those who might be newer to our congregation or unfamiliar with the language and culture of discipleship.


Discipleship Resources

For more information on missional communities and living a missional life check out the VERGE NETWORK for inspiring posts, blogs and videos.

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We encourage everyone to take the Five Fold Ministry survey to gain perspective on their spiritual gifting and how they most effectively contribute to community as we do Kingdom work as a unified body. Click here to access the survey FIVE FOLD MINISTRY

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Other online resources:

Q Ideas

Gravity Leadership

Missio Alliance




Faith Formation for Children and Teens

The discipleship ministries and practices for our children and teens can be found highlighted on the Education and Youth pages. For questions about any of these ministries contact Missie, Sandy or Tyg.

MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES

"Other than reminding you of key factors of Jesus's incarnation, I have to call you to simply walk with Jesus. 
You may need to begin by grabbing some friends and putting an initial regimen in place just so you can stretch and grow 
some new missional muscles. But I think in time, you'll find that the Spirit of God will guide you into all grace and truth. 
The more you dive in, the more you'll learn how to live. You just literally have to wake up in the morning, 
invite the Holy Spirit interrupt your day, and then ask for wisdom in how to follow." 
-Hugh Halter "FLESH"

MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES (MCs) are a group of people, often including whole families, who gather regularly to experience life together and reach out to the world around them. Following the life rhythms of Jesus and the disciples, we gather people of peace together who live life with one another and consistently bless a specific neighborhood or network. 

  • MCs are groups who gather around common vision, common purpose, common interests or life phases. It's a group of people who, with their families (if applicable) reach OUT to bless a specific neighborhood or network.
  • They gather in a leader's home around a meal, worship, fellowship, celebration and blessing. These gatherings are the natural time to listen to what God is UP to in the lives of one another and to share what God is doing in their lives.
  • MCs are an opportunity for everyone to play and serve together and are the perfect vehicle for inviting others (neighbors, non-church friends, new acquaintainces in the community IN.

We believe the next vision the Spirit of God is pushing us to is encouraging households to start living intentional life together. Where groups of folks simply start gathering together to eat, play, encourage, and love one another. This would be best fostered by people who naturally live in the same neighborhood, so that a culture of "neighboring" can be created and organically lived out. This type of Missional Community will be intentional about loving the neighbor around them and creating deep relationships of meaning within the group. If this sounds like you, our Trinity staff would love to help you make this vision a reality!

Missional Communities are a great way to connect with other people, create deep relationships and live a missional life. Each of our current MCs have a unique structure, feel, and experience. If you are feeling a calling to enter one of the follow MCs, please contact the MC Leader. All of our MCs are open places where people are welcome to come and see if this is the place where God may be calling you. If you are feeling the call to explore launching your own Missional Community, please talk to one of our church staff and they will be able to help you navigate the possibilities.

Missional Communities at Trinity:
(Click on each one to read more)

Our Missional Communities have a central role in our discipleship culture at Trinity. Click any of the above links for more information.

At any time you can find great resources, current book and devotion suggestions and many ways to deepen your familiarity with our discipleship culture by going to the DISCIPLESHIP PAGE on this website.