ACADEMY OF CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
A 10-month cohort training and coaching intensive for Christians who want to bring lasting transformation to their own lives, in their families and in
the communities they lead.
Learn to SEE like Jesus so you can BE like Jesus
Where have all the Disciples Gone?
There has been a lot of talk about spiritual formation and discipleship, and rightfully so. However, we can all agree there’s a discipleship deficit. Perhaps the elephant in the room is that there isn’t a whole lot of discipling going on, even though that’s precisely what we, as Jesus’ followers, were commissioned to do.
The discipleship deficit
As a result we try to bridge this deficit in all sorts of ways:
Sometimes we adopt a “get smarter” approach. We bridge the gap with better teaching, better instruction, more Bible studies all trying to gain that complete understanding, but we never find that place.
Sometimes we adopt a “try harder” approach. We think we can bridge the gap with obedience and accountability, but we end up burnt out with hollow relationships that abandon us in our times of need.
Sometimes we adopt a “get zapped!” approach. We are appealing to the emotions, trying to bridge the gap with a powerful, supernatural experience.
These strategies may have short-term benefits, but long-term they do not produce mature, wise disciples of Jesus. We can testify to this because we have tried them all.
Beyond information and behavior
We can't get to maturity, to the behavior we want by pursuing it directly, and that is what all the above methods do.
We need to get “below the surface” if we are hoping to see growth, and it’s VITAL if we’re going to be and make disciples in the way of Jesus.
This is a journey of courage, where we must face the shortcomings in our own lives and in the ways we lead.
We have seen only a handful of ministries take on this essential task of diving deeper, of intentionally seeking insight and restoring our empathy. This is not just the journey of spiritual formation, it's also the journey of emotional development, of building our connection with each other and with God.
To achieve this we use insights from modern neuroscience to help us develop an understanding of the emotions that move us. We read scripture to see examples of how Jesus related with the Father and with others. We observe it's our design to mature but only in the context of connection. We are moved by these new insights, and this forms the foundation for discipleship.
To find out more about the content of the course, please have a look at our Course Details Page.
The outcome is people who are:
Truly present to themselves, others, and God.
At home in the love of God, and love for one another.
Able to develop disciples into leaders who multiply themselves.
Able to proclaim good news to others in evangelism and discipleship.
The Academy of Christian Discipleship creates LEADERS!
Does this sound like something you’d love to see happen for you and those you lead?
What's Unique about this academy?
We know many of you may have tried all sorts of programs from spiritual formation retreats to outreach trips in other countries. These certainly will help us discover more about ourselves and others, and rekindle an awakening of our souls.
What these programs don't do directly is to help us make sense of the stuckness that is in ourselves and others. We do not deal with our everyday conflicts or gain insight about the defendedness we see in others.
Discipleship is about ourselves finding rest AND inviting others into that place as well. We need more than a personal experience or a spiritual practice, we need insight as to what is moving us in everyday situations. We will attend to both aspects of discipleship in our time together. We will learn to see with understanding and also become capable of explaining what we see to others.
How it works
A live 75-90 minute weekly time in a small group (6 to 8 people) for teaching, experiential activities, questions, and processing.
We will establish triads so as you can process more deeply the materials presented on a monthly basis.
You will also have our contact details so as you can explore specific issues you might want to address “offline.”
(Optional) A monthly time of spiritual direction.
Who is it for?
If other things you've tried don't work or you are looking for something new; If you want to make a change, or you are looking for something with more depth; If you desire to grow, then this might be for you.
We’ve had all kinds of people attend our training who have experienced profound transformation. People like Christian leaders, pastors, parents, married couples, business owners.
We dive deep into what is preventing our growth so as to restart the engine of maturation that is in all of us. We’ve trained individuals from many places around the world who have seen lasting fruit in their lives, families and ministries as a result.
We ask the participants be prepared ask themselves the following questions.
Can you be honest with yourself about your own shortcomings as the Holy Spirit revels them?
Do you have some capacity or support to be vulnerable in your current life situation?
If you answered yes to both of the above, then this training is appropriate for you at this time.
What’s the cost?
90 minutes max per week to participate in the group time. There are 40 lessons in total over the 12 month period. We do take a break from teaching over the summer, on holidays, and during the Christmas break as needed.
30 minutes per week for your own reading and communications, on average.
90 minutes per month for triads
Because we have just updated our format, we are offering a
50% discount for the cohorts starting early 2022.
$98 CAD per month for 12 months or $980 CAD up front.
There’s no contract to sign, and if you get a few weeks into it and
discover it’s not for you, we’ll give you a 100% refund, no problem.
Sign up while these low prices still apply.
We'll all are busy but sometimes in our busyness we hope that we'll experience transformation by osmosis or wishful thinking. We know this doesn't work.
We ask participants to come ready to commit to the whole academy, to regularly attending the meetings and to the be faithful to showing up for triads. If you show up ready to fully engage and dig into the process, we are confident it will change your life and transform your ministry.
We know that we need to make space to be attentive to the Holy Spirit's movement in our lives. If you believe spiritual direction may be helpful during this time of journeying deeper, we offer this as an option at any time. If you already have a spiritual director, or a supporting cast that does this for you please feel free to continue with what you have.
$50 CAD per month for one session of Spiritual Direction.
Get in touch
Fill out the form below and one of our staff will get in touch with you to set up a conversation. We want to connect and discern together what opportunities might be best for you, and to answer any questions you probably have.