Let me share with you about my mountain bike journey.
In 1993 my wife (Gina) and I decided to share a hobby we both had aspired to but never pursued individually – mountain biking. Probably, just like you, we had bikes as kids and did all the normal things you do on a bike. We understood the basics: balance, braking, turning, etc. But we wanted more.
Little did we know that would lead us into so many amazing adventures over the next 3 decades as we moved from thinking about mountain biking, talking about it to being about it.
We made a commitment. That led us to research various bike options. One of our friends from church was deep into biking and worked at a cycle shop. So we asked him to help us purchase bikes that fit our goal of getting out on the trail and learning how to maneuver the desert terrain of Phoenix, AZ on a two-wheeled apparatus.
Truth be told, Gina is a stronger rider than I am. She is more daring. More adventurous. And significantly faster. I have to work hard to keep up with her. It is genuinely frustrating, but we love the challenge and joy of mountain biking.
What can we learn from mountain biking that we can apply to disciplemaking?
I am glad you asked.
Earlier I mentioned that we went through this process of thinking about mountain biking, talking about it and finally being about it. These three stages were important and necessary. If we had only thought deeply about mountain biking, it may never have crept into our conversation. And if we had simply talked about the great times we would have riding mountain bikes; we might have never gotten around to actually getting our bodies on the two-wheeled piece of aluminum (or carbon fiber) and flung ourselves down bone jarring downhills or pedaled vigorously, climbing technical trails to ascend steep peaks with the reward of amazing views awaiting us.
If these three processes are important for mountain biking, is it possible that Christians in the West are stuck in a cycle of thinking and talking about discipleship to the neglect of being about discipleship?
Could this dynamic on an individual level be a systemic issue occurring in our churches?
Here is you chance to move from thinking and talking about discipleship to being about discipleship.
I know that this does not happen over night, so we are offering a combination of a 4-hour webinar followed by 4, hour-long coach triads over a 4 month period (December 2020-March 2021). Each triad consists of a coach facilitator and two participants.
Below are the details for both opportunities!
4 BUILDING BLOCKS FOR DISCIPLES AND DISCIPLE COACHES:
WEBINAR + COACHING TRIADS
- Description: Orientation + Implementation of the 4 Building Blocks for Disciples and Disciple Coaches
- 4-hour webinar – November 16, 2020 from 10amPST-2pm PST (1-5pm EST)
- Four, hour-long coach triads over a 4 month period (December 2020-March 2021) – dates TBD with participants
- Cost: Webinar + Coach Triads – $475
4 BUILDING BLOCKS FOR DISCIPLE & DISCIPLE COACHES:
- Description: Orientation to the 4 Building Blocks for Disciples and Disciple Coaches
- Dates: November 16, 2020 from 10amPST-2pm PST (1-5pm EST)
- Cost: Webinar ONLY – $250