DISCIPLESHIP AND COUNSELING AT SUMMIT
We believe every word we speak to one another is counseling, and counseling is one form of discipleship. Our goal is to equip people at the Summit with the tools to speak into the lives of others from a biblical perspective. We believe God’s word has so much to offer us so we can live in freedom today and for eternity. We do that through daily conversations, and through discipleship offered in mentoring and counseling relationships, as well as formal classes. Whether we are experiencing pain or heartache due to our own sin, the sin of others, or from living in a world that is so far from what we were originally created for, we want to help you heal and grow, giving Gospel-centered hope for life.
The Discipleship Ministry includes areas for one on one discipleship as well as classes that provide growth in Bible knowledge, personal growth with Jesus, training in walking with others, and leadership development.
Steps is a 13-week study that looks at how our response to the sin and suffering in our lives affects our ability to live in the Freedom we have in Christ. It is an important “step” on your discipleship path. Looking at areas including anger, abuse, fear, shame, and others, the two hour per week class and a mentor will help you determine the lies you believe and the things you value above God that keep you from living in freedom and joy that Jesus promises. That freedom comes from walking in repentance and following the path God gives in Scripture of seeking and giving forgiveness, as well as reconciling and restoring relationships when possible. Steps has been revamped using a DNA format for homework and assessments that will help you get to the roots that motivate the actions in your life. (for more info on DNA format see info on DNA)
The 2 hour per week class includes small group time with a leader and other men or women where you will process homework based on scripture, and large group teaching for each lesson.
You will also have a mentor who will go deeper with you in your homework and DNA process each week. The Gospel calls us to humbly bear one another’s burdens, to encourage the fainthearted and to help the weak. Steps is a great picture of how the best healing happens in the community of one another.
Steps consists of 3 parts:
- Theology: What the Bible says about God, Creation, Us, How we got in the mess we’re in called the Fall, what God’s remedy is for that mess, How Jesus death on the Cross and Resurrection have made it possible for us to have freedom here and in eternity.
- Assessments: Looking specifically at areas like anger, fear, shame, guilt, and others, having a mentor walk with you as God exposes the lies you believe and the things you value more than Him, and how that affects your daily life, your relationships with God and others. Then looking at the truths of the Gospel and the path God calls us to live.
- Freedom: Looks specifically at the Bible’s command to live in repentance, be peacemakers thru reconciliation, restoration, confrontation, forgiveness, and to Rest in the joy and freedom that God has already prepared for us. It also reminds us of the importance of Gospel community that helps us grow in love and service to God and one another.
This is a 12-week class that will equip you with the skills needed to care as Christ does for people who are hurting or stuck in sin. You will learn the skills of listening well and speaking the truth of the Gospel in love. You will learn to provide Christ-like comfort, care, and encouragement while helping others see life thru the lens of the Gospel and practically apply it to their lives.
This is a 2-hour weekly class which includes teaching, discussion, role-play and hands-on experience. Homework is about 2-3 hours per week. This class will be of value to anyone who wants to learn to disciple or help others through difficult life experiences, or anyone who just wants to learn to listen well and be able to articulate the truths of the Gospel.
Next Gospel Conversations class will be September 2019.