*This document is an attempt to show the whole scope of our discipleship process at Heights. We are “building the plane in the air” so some of this may change as we go. However, this is an attempt to show the role and function of Life Groups, Equip Groups, and Discipleship Groups.

What is a Disciple?

Jesus gives us a definition of a disciple in Matthew 4:19, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Within this definition Jesus gives us three parts of being a disciple:

1. Follow me= Jesus leads, and we follow

a. Mental acceptance of Jesus = He is in charge.

3. I will make you= Jesus changes our hearts to become more like His. b. Life transformation = we study the word and allow the word through the Holy Spirit to change our hearts, words, and actions (Eph. 3:14-18)

4. Fishers of men= Jesus saves us for a purpose.

c. We are saved for God’s purposes= Our lives are now to be lived for the purposes of making more disciples.

At Heights, we define it this way, “A disciple is one that follows Jesus, is being changed by Jesus, and is on mission with Jesus.”

What Do Disciples Need?
There are three areas we desire every disciple of Jesus to grow in.

1. Bible= An understanding of the grand redemptive narrative of the Bible. Also, understanding how to read, interpret, and apply the Bible in daily living.

2. Beliefs = An understanding on major theological beliefs the Bible teaches.

3. Spiritual Habits= An understanding on how to live out the teachings of the Bible through everyday life.
How Do We Make Disciples? 
Jesus did not disciple everyone the same. Jesus discipled people in large groups, then spent time with the 12, and then spent time with the inner circle of 3.

Within each group there was a different level of teaching, focus, and application. Discipleship requires content + application + care + accountability + multiplication. It requires several different methods (spaces) to make disciples.

1. Life Groups = These are groups that meet weekly. They focus on content, application, care, and multiplication. The main way people are cared for at Heights is through Life Groups.

2. Equip Groups= These are groups that meet seasonally. Equip Groups focus on content and application at a more mature level than Life Groups. These groups will allow us to address topics, train, and equip others at a more mature level than Life Groups.

3. Discipleship Groups= These are seasonal one on one meetings which focus on application of content, accountability, and multiplication  within the Christian life.
Where Do They Go To Be Discipled?
 1. Life Groups (weekly).

2. Equip Groups (seasonal).

3. Discipleship Groups (seasonal).