Discipleship at All Saints
Discipleship is about our growing in unity with Christ. It involves both information (the things we know) and formation (the way we live).
First and foremost discipleship occurs in the Word of God and in the Sacraments (eucharist and baptism).
Additionally, discipleship cannot be separated from the community of believers. Spiritual growth only occurs as we live our lives in mutual surrender as a part of Christ’s Church; growing together, sharing life, walking through difficulty, and confessing our sins to one another.
To this end, as Anglicans, put an emphasis on four major areas on discipleship, which we name: Devotion, Feasting, Study, and Pastoral Counsel.
By Devotion we refer to the centrality of worship in the life of a Christian. This is centered on our weekly Sunday gathering at the Lord’s Table. But it doesn’t end there. Our weekly celebration of Word and Sacrament leads us in our personal and familial practices of prayer using the Book of Common Prayer.
[for more information on Anglican devotion and the Book of Common Prayer, follow the link to the ACNA Book of Common Prayer site, or contact one of our leaders].
By Feasting we mean the communal practices of eating together and doing life with one another. We observe the liturgical calendar of feasts and fasts and seasons with that kind of outrageous joy that is unique to those who believe in the Resurrection. But even as we literally feast (or fast) together and are physically nourished, we also seek to live in such a way that our relationships with one another —relationships of honesty, accountability, trust, confession, and forgiveness— are a kind of mutual spiritual nourishment, a spiritual feast.
[we hope to build-out more resources for ‘Feasting Together’ in the coming weeks; for now, we invite you to join us in our regular observance of the liturgical calendar and to share in our life of eating together].
By Study we mean the historical practice of Christian development which draws close to God and to others through education, reading, contemplation, reflection, and learning. While we don’t believe the human person is merely intellectual, we do believe that the part of the human person which involves mind, soul, intellect, and imagination, is incredibly vast, incredibly salient, and incredibly good. In the way of Study we hold both individual and group studies of the scriptures or of various books/themes, but our major emphasis on personal theological growth is our annual catechesis/theology course.
[for more information on this course go to our Catechesis Page on this site.]
Finally, by Pastoral Counsel we name the historical role of the pastor in caring for and attending to the life of God’s people. For us at All Saints Honolulu we believe that, only after the Proclamation of the Word of God and the ministry of the Sacraments, Fr. Mark’s primary role is not CEO or chief administrator or marketer but, rather, counselor, shepherd, confessor, and friend.
[contact Fr. Mark with any questions regarding Pastoral Counsel, for any questions regarding discipleship, or to arrange a time to get together].