Markers of a Healthy Disciple
Discipleship begins with our mission. At Westbrook Christian Church our mission is to know Christ fully and to make Him known. We believe that there are four essential markers that allow us to accomplish this mission: Worship, Practices, Action, and Connection. These four markers are ways that we believe every followers of Christ should express and exercise their faith. We consider them to be the foundational expectations we have for people at Westbrook. Worship and practice allow us to fulfill the part of our mission of knowing Christ fully, while action and connection help us to fulfill the part of our mission of making Him known.
worship: putting god first in your life.
Worship is more than just our weekend gatherings as a church. While our gatherings are a crucial part of our worship, what we are talking about is a fundamental orientation of your heart, or, in other words, a life marked by the worship of God. When we say that a disciple’s life is marked by Worship, we mean that worship is a lifestyle that requires us to put God first in everything that we do. This includes everything from our everyday work decisions to our personal decisions.
practices: rhythmic spiritual discipline
Practices are spiritual disciplines that we engage with daily that build our spiritual relationship with the Lord. These activities help us to train our souls for the Love of God and Love of others. They are the vehicle or means of transformation that God uses to reshape our lives. Spiritual practices consist of (but are not limited to): Bible reading, prayer, fasting, silence, solitude, journaling, and taking sabbath.
connection: being in relationship with others
As believers we were not intended to walk this journey alone. Instead, the Bible calls us to live in community and to share a common life. This comes through being a part of relationships within a church community. We learn and grow in our relationship with the Lord walking with a community of believers. Some of the ways that we develop connections include joining small groups and attending various community events.
action: living the gospel by adopting the habits of jesus.
We believe that Jesus’s ministry was not limited to one specific region or group. Therefore, as believers we are called to adopt Christ’s habits of sharing the gospel in our various spheres of influence. Just as Jesus came not to be served, but to serve, living out the Gospel means that we too live a life of service. Each of us has a unique set of skills, gifting, and personality that can be used in our workplaces, schools, and neighborhoods.
If you are new to Westbrook, this is the place for you. Maybe you have been at Westbrook for some time now but haven’t had a chance to connect with others – this is also the place for you. Maybe you have been at Westbrook from the beginning, but you could use a refresher on our basic beliefs, Four Markers of a Healthy Disciple, or our mission – this is the place for you! This is your starting place for getting to know who we are at Westbrook. Join a few other folks new to Westbrook + others in the Westbrook community for a meal. Then, a Westbrook Pastor will go through some of our church history and our basics beliefs.
Most importantly, we will also use this as an opportunity to get to know you!
This Fall we are continuing our Rooted journey, a place to practice our mission to Know Christ Fully & Make Him Known. ROOTED provides tangible ways to practice our four Markers of a Healthy Disciple: Worship, Action, Practice, and Connection. It is not merely a new curriculum; ROOTED is a discipleship experience for everyone, no matter where you are in your spiritual journey. ROOTED will take place at Westbrook on Tuesday evenings from September 7 – November 12, with a celebration to conclude the experience.
It is our belief that people grow best when they live in community. Even though the worship services at Westbrook provide a great venue for worship, community, and growth, they don’t necessarily offer a means of close personal discipleship. We encourage people to get involved in connect groups because they offer the environment where we can build connect with God and connect with others. Click the button below to find a Group at Westbrook.