Take your whole church on a discipleship journey

The new 'Holy Habits' approach that could revitalise your congregation

Helping people consider their own discipleship

We may know what discipleship means in theory. But how can we, in our local churches, begin to put it into practice, in everyday life? How can we live in such a way that we reflect Christ more and more, in our lives as individuals and as communities? That's what the 'Holy Habits' approach is all about.

To help people consider the nature of their own discipleship, you need a solid but accessible starting point. The 'Holy Habits' series does this very well, by exploring how we can better recognise the presence of Jesus in all areas of our lives, and seek to play our part in building the kingdom of God, whoever we may be and whatever we may bring to the table.

Simon Peters, Project Manager for Walking the Way, an initiative of the United Reformed Church that has opted to use the resources as part of its focus on lifelong discipleship and mission.

'Considering God's presence in all aspects of our lives'

Initially developed in the Methodist Church, Holy Habits is an engaging, interdenominational approach that identifies ten practices from Luke’s portrait of the early church in Acts 2:42–46, and suggests how these can be developed today in ways that embrace all aspects of church life.  

Eating TogetherPrayerMaking More DisciplesFellowshipGladness and GenerosityBreaking BreadSharing ResourcesServingBiblical Teaching and Worship: each of the ten booklets in the 'Holy Habits' series focuses in turn on one of the habits (with a separate introduction to the concept as a whole). The vast range of contributors – from children to theologians – creates an approach that invites everyone, regardless of age or church culture, 'to consider God’s presence in all aspects of their lives and to reflect on what this means for their journey of faith along the paths to which God is calling them'.

two young women eating takeaways in city square

The habits in practice

One of those contributors, Tom Milton, later took part with his Bible study group in an initial pilot, choosing to explore one habit a month. He explains how each habit became a catalyst for another. Establishing the practice of Eating Together, they found that relaxing over a shared meal fostered closer relationships and an environment where other habits could flourish – such as Making More Disciples, as opportunities arose to invite friends from outside the church. Tom suggests churches revisit the habits a year on, to reflect on ideas for developing them further.

For all denominations and traditions

'Holy Habits' is for Christians of all ages, traditions, denominations and backgrounds, with contributors coming from many different walks of life.

I have been using 'Holy Habits' for a small Bible study group with great success. All of us have been Christians for a long time and yet we find the material fresh and challenging. When preparing the studies, I have read the material through, then created questions from the booklets - that allows for adaption. I intend to use 'Holy Habits' in the autumn for a group of new Christians. I thoroughly recommend the material.

Revd Paul Greenin, Bramley Baptist Church

A marathon, not a sprint

Adopting the course could involve a commitment by the whole church of up to two years. 'There are no short cuts to discipleship,' says Simon. His advice for church leaders is 'to involve as many people as possible, to think and plan strategically, to be clear in purpose, to work collaboratively, creatively and consultatively.'

Find out if the Holy Habits course is right for your church.

Browse the resources and download a leaflet to share with church leaders. 

Watch the introductory videos to find out more. 

Image acknowledgements

Bible study group © Tom Milton and the Birmingham Methodist Circuit (cropped)

Two young women eating takeaways in city square © Tom Milton and the Birmingham Methodist Circuit (cropped)