discipleship & vocation.

(journal notes 27.11.20)

  • discipleship is related to vocation. spiritual formation is related to these. both discipleship (the process of becoming like jesus) and vocation (the specific way that each person inhabits the call to follow jesus), are related, probably being fundamentally the same as one another, perhaps just looking into the same room from slightly different angle or maybe more interlinked (a called learner), or perhaps vocation and calling is the bigger landing… the calling from God comes first and discipleship is what one is called to.
  • vocation is certainly related to apest, these are vocational callings. but not appreciated everywhere. for the sake of being understood in reformed context and also with ecumenical understandings of vocation, perhaps use that upstream of the fivefold language

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journal reflections 26.11.20


  • discipleship, mathetes, means learner. someone who learns the way of jesus. someone who orientated the whole of their life toward Jesus in loving obedience and willing service.
    • discipleship: serving jesus through loving obedience

Spiritual formation

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#1. The apostolic view: a critique of form

  • This critique cuts right to the heart of the forms inhabited by Christian movements. The church appears incapable of fulfilling her calling and unable to rise to the challenges of our day. Why is this?
  • The inadequacies of Christian movements are directly related to their core design. The shape of any given social structure is animated in such a way that it both creates and limits the possibilities of what can be produced.

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The journey toward healthy purpose and meaning in organisational life.
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1. Innovation is loved

Innovation is prioritised, championed and made space for. This requires recognising those with a pioneer instinct and releasing and resourcing them to go for it. It also requires moving swiftly to identify blocks to innovation before the water gets stagnant. In effect this requires the center giving away power to the edge so that the edge can feed new life back to the center.

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