Following Jesus, what does that mean? How do you give prayer and Bible reading a place in your daily life; What choices do you make as a Christian? What is the ministry of the Holy Spirit? These questions and others are covered in detail in our Walk with Jesus discipleship course, which we recently launched.
The course is intended for Christians who want to grow in their faith. A unique aspect of the course is that they have to find a buddy with whom to do the course: a friend, relative, spouse, or church member. In this way, a student immediately passes on what he or she has learned and brings discipling into practice.
Long run up
Over the past year we have experimented with a precursor to the course. What are the experiences of the mentors (e-coaches)?
One of our mentors, Elsa, says: “What I like most about the course is the buddy system. What the student discovers in the Bible herself, she immediately passes on to someone else. I regularly hear that sharing helps them understand the Bible better and grow in self-confidence.” Another experienced mentor, Karel, says that a buddy came to the assurance of faith through the guidance of the student with whom he did the course.
Both mentors mention as a valuable aspect of the course that you spend a long time with a student. Karel: ‘I could bring in life wisdom and experience of faith.’ Elsa: ‘You can really build a bond and share difficult and beautiful moments together.’
Children of God
The story of Adeola from Nigeria proves that the course can have a major impact on the lives of both student and buddy. She does this course very faithfully with her husband. When they started, her husband was Muslim. He came up with questions after each lesson series. An example: “Why do Christians call themselves children of God, after all God has no children?” To which Adeola told her mentor: “I tried to explain to him that there is a huge difference between slave and child.”
Four months later, she reported great news: “My husband has finally professed his faith in Christ. We have been praying and reading the Bible together ever since.”
Walk with Jesus is practical, in-depth and aims to pay attention to the cultural context of the students. The student and his/her buddy often have to do assignments together. An example of such an assignment is that the student and buddy both find someone in their environment with special needs and start helping that person with something practical in the following week.
Our desire is to help people grow in their faith and be fruitful in their own church community. The buddy system is to ensure that disciples make new disciples again.
We are looking for e-coaches or mentors for this course! Do you have a heart for discipleship and do you have a reasonable command of English? Sign in! Indicate in the form that you are registering for the Walk with Jesus course.
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