Before you go any further, a question:

What is your definition of discipleship?

In many churches and among many Christians, discipleship is a regular topic of conversation. And there is much reason for this. Jesus says in His last words that we must go out and make disciples. 

It is really an understatement to say that this is important - this assignment should be at the heart of our lives. In other words, this is your great commission as long as you live here on earth. That is easier said than done. For what is discipleship really?

A disciple (Latin discipulus, -i) is a student or follower of a leader. As a disciple, we take the place of a pupil or follower of a leader or master. Our Leader and Master is Jesus.

A disciple is someone who wants to become completely like the Master - Jesus - is. The Bible says 'it must be enough for a disciple to become like his Master'.

Becoming like the Master covers all areas of our lives. We do not only want to know how the Master thinks - we also want to live it out in practice. We want to follow the Master in what he teaches and in what he does. His instructions are worth studying, but first and foremost they are meant to be lived out.
Between your head and your hands lies your heart. You may let yourself be touched by your Master - Jesus. His heart may become your heart. What He is passionate about may also become your passion.

At Alongsiders, we define discipleship (1) as the process of following Jesus - your Master and Leader - and giving Him all authority in all areas of your life. As a disciple of Jesus you become more and more like the Master. (2) The other side of this is that you reach out to someone else and 'disciple' them. Discipleship is a verb.

What you have received you pass on to someone else.

Steven Covey writes in his book that passing on knowledge is the next level of learning. By telling others what you have learned, it becomes fixed in your heart. And that is exactly what we want in following Jesus.


Before you go any further, a question:

On the basis of which principles do you make choices?

En, hoe motiveer jij mensen?


We use the WISE principles to give direction to the decisions we make.
These are the decisions of the movement as a whole, but also the decisions that you as a Alongsider make.

The WISE principles stand for:

W - Wholistic, I - Inspirational, S - Scalable, E - Empowering

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