CORE Discipleship Stages
What is it?
This is an opportunity to grow and deepen your faith in Christ. Just as strengthening your core is important in a solid workout routine, your spiritual CORE should be strengthened and developed. CORE is designed to be a personal plan of discipleship that you complete on your own schedule. It is a self-guided process that will be completed in stages, taking as long as you determine. Ultimately, the goal of CORE is to assist you in taking responsibility for your own spiritual growth. In order to move through the stages, you will need to choose a “checkpoint” person that will help guide you and pray for you. A good suggestion for this person is your Sunday small group leader or maybe a parent.
What is involved?
CORE will use memorization, inspirational reading, journaling, and interactive study to encourage you in your faith journey. Since you work at your own pace, there are no deadlines or expectations. This is simply a way for those ready to take their faith to another level to find direction and help.
A major part of CORE will be keeping a journal. The hope is that this journal will serve as a reminder of all that you have learned throughout this process. It will be a great source of wisdom and help in the future as you reflect on this journey.
Progressing to the next stage:
Each stage of CORE must be completed before moving on to the next. It is important to keep a record of all that you are learning and doing in your journal to use with your CheckPoint adult. After completing a stage, your CheckPoint person will verify your efforts by discussing it briefly with you and then signing your StageCard. You are then able to turn it in for a new StageCard for the next stage of CORE. Each stage will present new encouragement and challenges as you progress toward completion.
How do I begin?
It's simple. Once you have verified your CheckPoint adult, pick up a journal with a Stage 1 card from the Student Office or the Welcome Desk in the Student Center. We will record your name and the name of your CheckPoint adult in a database to keep up with your progress. You decide where to start once you receive your StageCard. To make it easier on you, our goal is to keep books in stock for purchase in the Student Center or at the Bookmark.