As disciples, we are devoted followers of Jesus Christ, committed to practices that will encourage growth in faith. Discipleship is the process of being shaped by the Holy Spirit through spiritual practices to become more like Jesus.
The Healthy Plate Discipleship framework uses a variety of practices to help you more faithfully follow Jesus Christ. Try all six areas — worship, serve, give, learn, play, and pray — to grow strong in faithful discipleship. Some of these practices will comfort you, some will challenge you, and all will completely nourish you.
Your plate may be too full or too empty, and we want to help you have a well-balanced experience when it comes to your life of faith.
Worship is an expression of our love and need of God. When the community gathers for worship, God teaches us, draws us closer to one another, transforms our lives, and equips us for the work and mission of the coming week.
Service is giving our time and gifts back to God and the church by putting our faith into action. In service, we turn our hearts toward God’s people and can be transformed by relationships with our church and community.
Giving is the commitment to put God first in all things. The habit of sacrificial giving of our money and resources allows us to trust God in deeper ways and to share our love with others.
Learning is the intentional pursuit of knowledge and a growing understanding of who God is. Study exposes us to God’s complexity, opens us to new ideas, and can connect us to others with similar ideas and questions.
Play is good for our physical, mental, and spiritual health. Having fun and enjoying the company of other people can inspire our imaginations. Play opens us up to friendships that help us bear burdens and celebrate life’s joy.
Prayer and meditation are especially critical in a world where we are all addicted to being busy. Regular prayer and personal disciplines can renew our energy and open us up to the places God is leading us.