The Discipleship Project
Donations to The Discipleship Project can given by pressing on the PayPal button above. All donations are used for support of the houses (rent, mortgage, food, etc) - with nothing being allocated to salaries for the staff. The staff consists of men and women who have volunteered their time and skills.
The New Hope Discipleship Project has been developed to minister concrete help to men and women who are determined to turn their lives around. Twenty or thirty years ago, discipleship ministries like this one were not uncommon among Evangelical churches and boasted an outstanding "track-record" of proven effectiveness. Over the course of the last several years, however, the enthusiasm that once undergirded these kinds of efforts has abated - and many of the ministries have been discontinued. Here at New Hope we want to breathe life back into these kinds of ministries - this time, however, working more closely with government and other non-church agencies - most especially developing partnerships that will facilitate job training and job placement.
The centerpiece of the most effective discipleship programs has always been the discipleship house. Typically, an effective discipleship program consists of several houses - each of which is composed of three types of individuals: (1) the disciples themselves - meaning men and women from troubled backgrounds who are committed to changing the direction of their lives; (2) a "house leader" dedicated to living in the house and drawing up alongside the disciples to help them make good on their commitment; and (3) "missionaries," volunteers from various churches who also live in the house and work alongside the house leader to provide additional encouragement and concrete help for the disciples.
Disciples, house leaders, and missionaries live together in the house for one full year - studying the Scriptures together, learning how to be built up with one another, learning how to live victoriously, engaged in outreach, acquiring job skills, and, finally, preparing themselves to resolutely hold firm to a Christian "world-view" that fosters a core of ethical absolutes - a core they will keep them from returning to "the street" and to self-destructive habits and attitudes.
This project is not a "stand-alone" program. It is administered in conjunction with . . .
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Further training will be made available for "graduates" who wish to become missionaries themselves and eventually, perhaps, to head up a discipleship house of their own as a house leader. Donations to The Discipleship Project can given by pressing on the PayPal button above. All donations are used for support of the houses (rent, mortgage, food, etc) - with nothing being allocated to salaries for the staff. The staff consists of men and women who have volunteered their time and skills.
Additional informtion concerning the Discipleship Program is available on the brochure we've developed. A copy of that brochure can be found on this link.