Christian Discipleship is the life and practice of following Jesus Christ. One may know about Jesus and even believe in Jesus as an important historical and spiritual figure. But one becomes a disciple of Jesus by entering into a personal relationship with him and making him the guiding force of one’s life.
A disciple is not a “Jesus admirer” but a servant who follows faithfully and willingly.
A disciple is a student—a life-long learner. Christian disciples devote their lives to the reading and studying of God’s inspired word as found in the Old and New Testaments, and come to know the teachings of Jesus through them and through interaction with others who share this identity.
Prayer, worship, life experiences and God’s grace enable disciples to develop a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. By being totally committed to Christ, disciples find their primary identity in him. Their faith is nurtured, shaped, and then expressed in and through the faith community called the “church.”
Disciples exhibit joy, peace, humility, self-control, and are guided in all things by love, God’s greatest command. Through love, disciples are peacemakers and seek to relate to others with kindness, integrity, generosity, and patience.
Disciples follow the example of Jesus, and give themselves---their time, energy, and money---to furthering God’s kingdom by witnessing to the Good News, ministering to and with persons who are poor and those who are marginalized.
Above all, disciples share the love and grace of Jesus Christ with others, inviting them to a new life in Christ.
—Discipleship Statement from the Discipleship Ministry Team of the Ministry Council of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church
The Discipleship Ministry Team
Formerly the Board of Christian Education, the DMT seeks to educate and nurture all ages in Christian Discipleship. From Children and Families, Youth and Young Adults, and Adults, we offer resources and programs that foster an environment of Christian learning and spiritual discernment through leader development, conferences, curriculum, and resources.
United Board of Christian Discipleship
The United Board of Christian Discipleship is a joint board of the discipleship ministries between the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America. The two denominations work together in areas of youth and young adult ministries and leader development. Those UBCD programs are The Cumberland Presbyterian Youth Conference, Youth Ministry Planning Council, Young Adult Ministry Council, Presbyterian Youth Triennium, which is also in partnership with the Presbyterian Church (USA), and The Forum.