Stages of Faith

DiscipleForward Workshops


For pastors, church staff, lay leaders, small group leaders, or anyone else involved in leading adult discipleship programs within their church. A practical framework for understanding the stages of spiritual growth. Begin to understand practically how your church can improve at growing more disciples.

  • DiscipleForward1
  • Discipleforward2: Going Deeper
  • DiscipleForward3: Here To There
  • COST

The typical cost of bringing DiscipleForward Workshops to your community or church is between $1,200-$2,500 per workshop including expenses.

Stages of Faith Church-wide Conferences


Participants will understand the stages of faith and their descriptions, articulate their home stage, and identify appropriate practices for their growth and development as disciples according to their stage of faith.

  • Stages of faith
  • Sample schedule
  • COST
Stages of Faith Conference at Madison Church

Friday Evening (7-9:00)

  • 6:30 - Registration opens
  • 6:30-7:00 - Snacks served
  • 7:00 - Worship
  • 7:15 - Introductions
  • 7:30 - Session one
    • Jesus' last will and testament
    • The stages of faith Jesus used with his disciples.
    • The stages of faith and the wall today for disciples.
      • Description of the four stages of faith and characteristics that make each stage unique.
      • Why the stages perspective works.
      • What it means to be "housed" in a stage.
  • 8:10 - Stretch break
  • 8:20 - Session resumes
    • Defining "disciple."
    • The C.O.R.E. elements of an excellent definition.
    • Your church's definition.

Saturday Morning 

  • 8:00 - Continental breakfast
  • 8:15 - Testimonies (in light of the stages of faith)
    • Four options in different rooms; select church leaders and members to share personal "stages of faith" testimony.
  • 8:45 - Worship
  • 9:00 - Opening prayer
  • 9:05 - Session two
    • In groups of 3 - discuss what each of you liked best of session one, the leadership panel, taking the stages of faith assessment, or staff testimonies.
    • Stuck in a stage...what does it look/feel like?
    • Needs or questions of each stage.
    • Size of groups/community that is most helpful at different stages.
    • Review the assessment.
    • Identify your home stage in this season of life.
    • In groups of 3 again, discuss: what of this teaching makes your results make sense?
  • 10:00 - Break
  • 10:15 - Breakout session #1: Going deep into the stages
  • 11:15 - Breakout session #2 (options include):
    • Supporting your spouse in a different stage.
    • God language/spiritual pathways for self-awareness.
    • Going deeper with stage three and the wall.
    • What to expect from spiritual direction?
  • 12:00 - Transition back to the sanctuary
  • 12:05 - Response and highlights from conference attendees
  • 12:15 - Next step instructions
  • 12:20 - Final wrap-up from senior pastor

Staff Retreats


Leading church staff through considering where they are in the four stages of discipleship and what is their next step.

Mike and Cathy are awesome presenters of the discipleship pathway. I was super impressed with how they did their homework and personalized their presentations for our specific church. I loved the frequent breakouts to process the content with others. Great discipleship experience!!"

Pastor Jim Leggett 
Grace Fellowship UMC (Katy, TX)