E-Update: Pathway to Discipleship

by Pastor Michael D. Carlson, Lead Pastor

(posted 5/10/2018)
This past month Michael D. Carlsonwe got a great start on our discipleship learning pathway as we deepened our walk with Christ. In a four-week seminar taught by our pastors, we explored the pathway to discipleship in Discipleship 101.

Here’s what we learned:

Are you a FAN or FOLLOWER?

Being a fan is easy, but we are not called to be fans of Christ; rather, we are called to be followers of Christ. What does it mean to be a follower of Christ? Being a follower of Jesus changes the way we interact with the world around us. Discipleship 101 is designed to help us think about how we can have an integrated faith, a faith that integrates with everything we do—at home, at work, online, offline.


There’s a reason for worship. It is our center, our guide, our first step. We delve into the structure of worship—the intentional components and the moments, the rituals, the cadence—that make up every worship experience. In worship we gather, and even our biology changes through Holy Communion. We are gathered, transformed and then dispersed into the world. Why do we do the things we do? Hear more about worship here.


We are called to be firmly grounded in the word of God and study it in the context of culture. Martin Luther taught us we are freed by knowing the word of God. Scripture is not used to strengthen an argument. Instead, as Lutherans we believe it is a living word, in light of everything that happens with us and around us. How do you resolve various accounts and understanding of the same story? Are your ears tuned to God’s word? Hear more about scripture—its complexities and meanings—by clicking here.


We are called to be in community with one another. Even in our earliest journey—the baptismal journey—we are reminded we are in the boat together. Church exists for the grace and good of the world. You are Church. Called to have conversation—holy conversation—with one another. We don’t get salvation for any reason other than that we are saved by grace, so that we may do good works. We are saved for a purpose. The world needs YOUR voice. Hear more.


Pray as it comes to you, but just pray. A life of prayer—intimacy with God—is God’s desire. Prayer is one of the most misunderstood and most underused gifts in the Lutheran church. Hear more about prayer.