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.
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
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)