is a discipleship development opportunity to help congregations design and implement a contextually relevant discipleship process and an executable discipleship plan to grow disciples  – in the congregation and in the increasingly diverse communities- with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Scriptural foundation

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

(Matthew 28:18-20, NRSV)

Vision Statement

BELOVED DISCIPLESHIP is a discipleship training experience at the intersection of the mission of Jesus Christ to go into all the world, from our front door and beyond and to make disciples, irrespective of ethnicity, class, culture or background. It is an opportunity to create the beloved community and develop the body of Christ.

Who is this for?

What church should consider this leadership development opportunity?

Churches that are ready to engage in developing a discipleship process and a plan to disciple members in the congregation and neighbors in the community who may or may not look like them.

How is this training organized?

Ministry teams will meet on a Saturday morning every other month (January, March, May, July, September and November) for a three-hour session that includes learning, engaging and processing new content in the development of discipleship process and a plan.  In the alternate months (February April June, August, October, December) the teams will participate in completing assignments that will engage them with their congregation or community around the new learning.

How long is the BELOVED DISCIPLESHIP experience and what is the cost?

BELOVED DISCIPLESHIP begins in January 2021 and ends in December 2021. The cost for each church team will be $1000, which includes all materials, billed in two installments, January and June 2021.


Important Dates

December 10 Interest Zoom Meeting 1, 7pm – 9pm
January 5 Interest Zoom Meeting 2, 7pm – 9pm
January 23  Beloved Community Training, 10am – 2pm
March 27  Beloved Community Training, 10am – 2pm
May 22 Beloved Community Training, 10am – 2pm
July 24 Beloved Community Training, 10am – 2pm
September 25 Beloved Community Training, 10am – 2pm
November 6 Beloved Community Training, 10am – 2pm

How can my church apply for this discipleship development opportunity?

To apply a church must complete an application.

  • The application must demonstrate a readiness for engagement around diversity and discipleship.
  • The deadline for application submission is December 20, 2020. Churches will be notified by January 5, 2021 of their acceptance.
  • Acceptance will require the DS approve the application.

For more Information

Contact Michelle Holmes Chaney

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