Discipleship meets real life
Being a Christian is a lifelong process of coming to know and trust Jesus Christ. It's a steady (and sometimes unsteady) growth in obedience and wisdom. In a word, it is being a disciple.
Being a disciple of Christ means answering fundamental questions as to who we are (identity), what we do (purpose), and what communities are we in (belonging). Becoming a disciple of Christ means placing our discipleship at the very centre of our lives. This is not a one-day-a-week hobby. Our discipleship determines who we are, the choices we make and the people - both locally and across the globe, who make up our spiritual family.
The Community of St Cuthbert welcomes any Christian who longs to grow in their discipleship to Jesus and who is prepared to journey with others in a quest for a life-changing faith. Drawing inspiration from the life of St Cuthbert and centred in the Diocese of Durham, the community of St Cuthbert is united in a common commitment to a spiritual lifestyle. This lifestyle is shaped by five Rhythms of Grace and by participation in a Spiritual Support Group which seeks to deepen discipleship and refocus our way of living. The five Rhythms seek to grow life-giving habits. These are starting points that can help us to understand who we are, and what we need to do to grow as disciples of Christ.
Rhythms of Grace
Resolve to pray each day.
Spend time with God in prayer, listening to God as well as speaking to Him. Pray for at least ten minutes each morning or evening.
What Happens when a Group meets?
When a Spiritual Growth Group meets, each member, in turn, is given space to speak honestly about some aspect of their current Christian journey. Usually, they will focus on one or more of the Rhythms of Grace. After a member has spoken in this way, there will be a short time for silent reflection, followed by a time when the other members can comment on what has been said.
The keynote here is support and encouragement. Alongside this, there will be an element of accountability in a way that shows one another we are actively interested in supporting each in their discipleship. It is usual at the end of each meeting for each member to choose some specific task to work at in the days leading up to the next meeting.
How Often do Groups Meet?
That depends on the group. For some it will be weekly, for others fortnightly, the important thing is that people commit to turn up to support one another and make every effort to attend.