Philosophy and themes

Philosophies and Recurring themes of

Ultimate Impact Ministry

 

 

Upward, Inward, Outward – The life of a disciple is neither complete nor balanced without all three of these focuses. They need to be in this order as well. Focus on a genuine relationship with God, a love for other believers, and a heart for lost people with the intention of “presenting everyone perfect in Christ”.

Next Steps – We are all on the same journey (following Jesus), but at different places on that journey. It’s okay to be a baby Christian, but it is not okay to stay a baby Christian. God’s desire for us is to grow to maturity. The best way to grow is to know where you are, know where you want to end up (bearing much fruit), and what the next step is to get there. Within the mentoring relationships, discovering our next steps is crucial. Look at what God is doing in your life and what He is trying to show you. Talk about it in your mentoring group, and actively pursue by helping each other with S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely) goals.

Utilizing your spiritual gifts – Early in the discipleship process, a person needs to learn how God has “wired them” for ministry. A simple spiritual gift assessment is available to start this process. But ultimately, spiritual gifts are confirmed through exercising them and others recognizing them. Lean into your strengths and shore up your weaknesses.

Mentoring for life change – The best way to grow is to be in an environment of a relationship based on grace and acceptance. This is far better than the unhealthy environments of guilt, stress, legalism, and pressure. People in mentoring groups should be trustworthy, encouraging, ready to pick others in their group up when they fall, and have an informal relational accountability. Each person in the group should know what they are working on and others should be encouraging them and asking appropriate accountability questions.

Consistent daily and weekly habits – Diets don’t work if you stay on them for a few days and then go back to your regular eating habits. Exercise doesn’t build muscle and endurance when you only do it when you feel like it. It takes a commitment of a healthy lifestyle. In the same way, if we are to become like Jesus, we need to commit to a lifestyle of daily habits in prayer, Bible study, fellowship and weekly habits of mentoring and worshipping together. Over time we become spiritually healthy and gain an endurance for the things God calls us to.

Character and integrity are spiritual currency – Short-term or surface relationships can sometimes get away with shallowness or hypocrisy, though not for long. But we are in this for the long-term and are looking for depth. “Quality of discipleship” is essential for helping others to see transformation in your groups.

Customized growth plans for everyone – Because we get to know each other deeply in these relationships, we really can help each other with discovering next steps. We each have “blind spots” that others see in us that we don’t see in ourselves. We want the freedom to speak into each other’s lives with grace and sensitivity, “speaking the truth in love”.

Net Fishing – Because all of us are at different places, we should work together on the outward focus. If someone is inexperienced with leading a pre-Christian in a Bible study, they should feel free to ask another more experienced disciple while they sit in and observe and learn. As the movement grows, we will provide many different forms of networking.

Information, Application, and Transformation – The modern church has overemphasized information to the exclusion of application which ultimately leads to transformation. We will focus on being “doers of the word” and not hearers (or knowers) only. You didn’t learn to ride a bike, swim, or date by reading a book on the subject. You learned by experience and experience is the great teacher. It is how Jesus taught his disciples. He never sent them to seminary, conferences, or retreats for their primary model of life change. These things have their place, but it is “extra” not primary.

Go at each disciple’s pace – While God often puts a sense of urgency on our hearts for others’ salvation, we are usually only able to digest so much information, application, and transformation at a time. Be patient with each other as we learn to increase our love for God and others and get equipping and training to be more fruitful. Think “crock pot” instead of “microwave”.