We understand that Jesus called us to make disciples who make disciples. He has given us new life and expects us to bring new life to our neighbors and the nations. We are not here simply to add to our congregation. We are here to impact the world by multiplying disciples.
Jesus primarily focused on four levels of disciple-making.
- He preached regularly to the multitude.
- He trained and sent out the 72 (Luke 10:1-20).
- He poured His life into the 12.
- And He uniquely invested in the three (Peter, James and John).
Since Jesus is our example in all things, we model our disciple-making after Him.
- The Congregation
Discipling the Congregation happens primarily during the Sunday morning Worship Service. It is our desire that many more people will attend our Worship Services than just our membership. As they do, they will hear the systematic, verse-by-verse teaching of the Bible. Just as Jesus preached to the multitudes, we will teach and preach His Word to the congregation.
- The Membership
Here at Parkview, membership means something. We strive to be a church where people don’t just have their name on the roll. If you are a member of Parkview Baptist Church, you are expected to be a disciple-maker in your home, school, work and community. But we can’t expect you to be a disciple-maker if we don’t train you. So we will. Members of our church will be equipped to be disciple-makers and will be sent out as missionaries into their homes, schools, workplaces and community.
- Small Groups
The most valuable and life-changing discipleship comes in the context of close relationships. And close relationships happen best in small groups. Our best member care, accountability, and outreach will happen in and through our small groups. Currently, small group discipleship happens in our Sunday School classes. In the near future, we will add on-campus Sunday evening and off-campus weeknight small groups to our existing Sunday morning Sunday School classes.
- Personal Discipleship
The smaller the group, the more intense the discipleship and accountability. Each member of Parkview is encouraged and expected to be in at least one personal discipleship relationship. Everyone needs a Paul to grow them, a Barnabas to encourage them, and a Timothy to grow and encourage. We seek to develop that culture in our church.