April 2019 Vestry Papers: Becoming Disciples

April 3, 2019

Dear Friends,

While discipleship can be a deeply personal journey for many of us, our faith communities often play a crucial role in that journey. In this issue, we bring you articles on the intersection of community and discipleship, sharing how the experience of becoming and being disciples together with others is both powerful and lasting.

What does the experience of being baptized in the world look like for you? In Walking Wet, Lisa Kimball explains what baptism means in her everyday life and invites us to be disciples who are perpetually ‘wet’ in the waters of baptism.

Are you thinking about ways to practice intergenerational discipleship in your community? In 7 Steps Toward Intergenerational Discipleship, Eduardo Solomón Rivera lists the ways all members of a parish can worship, learn and grow together, drawing on his personal experience to share the benefits of this model for community discipleship.This article is available in English and Spanish.

How significant is spiritual growth for a parish community? In When ‘Fine’ Isn’t Enough, Brenda Husson and Ryan Fleenor share their experience of partnering with Renewal Works to markedly deepen and transform the spiritual lives of their parishioners.

Parents who want their children to have an active life of faith must start thinking about their child’s discipleship journey early. In Beginning Before Baptism, Melissa Rau explains how new parents and churches can partner to create rites of passage and traditions for children in different stages of life to strengthen their faith development.

What is the relationship between discipleship and stewardship? In Dollars and Discipleship, Julie Simonton delves into the phrase: “Using the gifts God gives us to do the work God calls us to do”
and explores how the transactional nature of money can become transformational when viewed through the lens of discipleship.

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Faithfully,

Charis Bhagianathan
Editor, ECF Vital Practices