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Intentional Discipleship System: Tonganoxie United Methodist Church

Tonganoxie, Kansas
by Tonganoxie United Methodist Church

The Climb Discipleship Pathway provides basic check points and opportunities that aid you in charting your own spiritual growth. Our prayer is that you utilize the Discipleship Pathway as a tool in your faith climb, and that you will encounter God in new and exciting ways as you reach new heights of love for God and others.

Tonganoxie UMC Discipleship Pathway image - The Climb

 

CAMP

Potential climbers are those of us exploring who God is and what the Church is all about. This is the stage of curiosity and exploration. We’re asking the big why and how questions. We’re seeking purpose.

TUMC opportunities for those at Camp

  • Conversations, prayers, connections with Climbers
  • Outreach events, groups, and classes,
  • External communication platforms
  • In-person worship
  • Online worship
  • Communion
     

SLOPE

Climbers on the slope can be newcomers who have chosen to embark on the climb for the first time, or we can be long-time climbers who value re-learning some of the basic tenets and tools of the Christian faith. Climbers on the slope have found value and meaning in worship. We may or may not be ready to fully commit yet, but we’re beginning to sense that this “God stuff” just might be the real deal. We’re seeking more.

TUMC opportunities for those on the Slope:

  • All Camp opportunities
  • Sunday morning service opportunities
  • Practicing spiritual disciplines
  • Local service projects
  • Short-Term Life Groups
  • Short-Term book/Bible studies
  • Sunday School
     

CRAG

Climbers on the crag know just how important it is to hold tightly to what we have learned and experienced thus far; we can identify how God and Christian community is continuing to shape and mold the kind of climbers we’re becoming. Climbers on the crag have a sense of belonging and identity. Climbing higher means going deeper, exploring wider, and being transformed by God.

TUMC opportunities for those on the Crag:

  • All Camp opportunities
  • All Slope opportunities
  • Practicing consistent community
  • Accountability group
  • TUMC team membership
     

CREST

 Climbers on the crest know this is where things in the Christian life begin to really impact the rest of our lives. Climbers are willing to sacrifice time, money, possessions, and even position in the world. We become intentional in our growth, the spiritual disciplines, and leading others by example. We own our sense of belonging in the church and the world, and we have a heart for God’s Kingdom to be expressed in the world and our own personal lives.

TUMC opportunities for those on the Crest:

  • All Camp opportunities
  • All Slope Opportunities
  • All Crag Opportunities
  • TUMC Team leadership/CCM
  • Finance Team
  • Trustees Team
  • Staff-Parish Relations Team
  • Faith sharing
  • Mentoring
     

SUMMIT

The summit is where the metaphor breaks down. Reaching the Summit once doesn’t mean we’re done growing; we don’t really stay there in this lifetime. There’s always room for growth because God is just that big and infinite.

But we also believe we can experience the Summit here and now. With God’s help, we can experience the top of the mountain in this life. Summit moments are holy moments, when God’s grace is embodied and where the divide between this world and eternity seems thin. We hold fast to the hope that God is holding us, making us become more and more like the people we were originally created to be.

TUMC opportunities for those on the Summit:

  • All Camp opportunities
  • All Slope opportunities
  • All Crag opportunities
  • All Crest opportunities
  • Sanctified Moments
     

For a more detailed description of The Climb, visit www.tonganoxieumc.org/adults.