“Christianity without the living Christ is inevitably Christianity without discipleship, and Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.”

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

What is Discipleship?

At One Hope Church, our mission is to make disciples who worship, serve, grow and make disciples. A "disciple" is simply a follower of Christ who, as the New Testament teaches, is gradually becoming more like Him.

"Discipleship" is the core process by which we make more disciples.

Holistic Discipleship


We believe true discipleship must engage the head, heart and hands.

Head: what we can learn and comprehend with our minds

Heart: what we sense or feel in our hearts (desires, passions, motives)

Hands: the outward expression of service and love

When one of these elements is missing, the process will be incomplete.

Head + Heart - Hand = Lazy or Lying (hypocrisy)

Head - Heart + Hand = Legalism

Heart + Hand - Head = Liberalism

When discipleship engages the head, heart, and hand, we begin to be wholly transformed into the image of Christ.

The Path of Discipleship

Unbeliever → New Believer → Disciple* → Disciple Maker → Shepherd (Leader of Leaders)

*Also, nominal believer → Disciple on Mission

Spheres of Discipleship in the Church

There are at least 5 spheres (5S's) of discipleship within the church. If we only focus on one sphere we lose the benefits of all spheres of discipleship. A disciple must strive to involve him/herself in all spheres of discipleship to maximize growth and maturity.

Rhythm for Discipleship Groups

The church typically provides Spheres 5 & 4 of discipleship. Sphere 3 come as Community Group leaders are raised up and the community life of the church is established. Spheres 2 & 1 will involve Disciple Makers taking initiative to intentionally meet with Discipleship Groups and individuals to provide the more personalized and individual forms of discipleship.

Below is a proposed schedule for 1-on-1 and 1-on-few Discipleship Groups.