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Stories from the Field: National Church Residences Chaplaincy

About 15 years ago my wife Carol and I attended Jersey for the first time after we received a postcard inviting us to visit Jersey for a service followed by a luncheon. It’s the best invitation we ever accepted. It changed our lives.

After deciding to join we attended the New Member Class and immediately joined a Sunday morning group and a home group. Approximately a year later both Carol and I were baptized at Jersey publicly declaring our lifelong love and devotion to Christ. 

Since then we have been actively involved in serving. Carol works with toddlers on Sunday mornings, while I have assisted and taught our Grow Group. We have also remained with our original home group that is still going strong after 15 years. 

As we have served I have heard the Lord telling me there’s more to do. As I prayed for direction concerning His calling, I was drawn to the need and plight of the homeless in the Columbus area through the work of National Church Residences (NCR). This is just one of the ministries of NCR. NCR’s primary mission is to provide high quality care, services and residential communities for all seniors.

Recently, my daughter Emily asked if I was interested in becoming a volunteer Chaplain with her through NCR. I underwent Chaplain training and NCR has assigned me (at my request) to a building near downtown Columbus that houses about one hundred previously homeless residents.

The responsibility of a Chaplain at NCR is to be present in the moment and when the need arises. People need encouragement that can only come when Christ’s glory is shown to them. I am thankful that our Lord has directed me to NCR. I ask that you pray for me to be in the moment for each resident and that Christ opens each heart to hear His message, the Gospel.

NCR also has openings for Chaplains in three different senior residences near our church at Jersey. If you or someone you know is looking for an opportunity to be an example of Christ with opportunities to share the Gospel with others, please contact Todd Smeltzer ( ). He can provide you with information about the potential of upcoming NCR Chaplain training at Jersey.

In Christ,

Frank Pawlosky

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The Discipleship Wheel

The Discipleship Wheel


Growing in spiritual maturity is a process. The Discipleship Wheel is a good visual example
of the process. At each stage of growth there are three roles:

  • My part: What is my part as the one discipling the other person in each stage?
  • Their part: What is the other person’s part as the one being discipled in each stage?
  • God’s part: What is God’s part in each stage? How is God working, moving, guiding, drawing and directing throughout the entire process?


The Discipleship Wheel is made up of two circles that correspond with each other. The inner circle is divided into five stages of spiritual maturity that mirror how we grow physically, which makes them easier to remember and share with others. The outer circle describes phases of the disciple making process and a few steps that are important for people to take in each phase to continue growing in Christ.

 

THE 5 STAGES OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH

SPIRITUALLY DEAD: People in this stage have not yet trusted Christ as Lord and Savior. They may completely reject God, they may be seeking God, they may be “spiritual”, they may even claim to know God or be a Christian, when in reality, they are their own god.

INFANT: People in this stage have accepted Christ, but haven’t moved much past that point. They can be new believers or they might be stagnant, long-time Christians. Life is generally
all about them and their needs.

CHILD: People in this stage are growing in Christ and in their relationship with other believers. They are applying God’s Word in their life and allowing others to walk beside them in their journey following Christ; however, life still mostly about them.

YOUNG ADULT: People in this stage are making a big shift from being self-centered to more others-centered. They’re beginning to understand God has a purpose for them to play to glorify Him.

PARENT: People in this stage have a solid understanding of God’s Word and an abiding relationship with the Father. They are living out God’s Word and able to reproduce mature disciples of Jesus by inviting others to follow them as they follow Christ.


KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER:

  • IMPORTANT: This is a tool – a language for leaders. These stages are not designed to
    label people or to put them in a box.
  • This is a way to assess ourselves and others. It is designed to help us know where we are spiritually and how to help others grow in Christ.
  • Spiritual maturity is a process that varies from person to person. People may be in one stage in general, but still have areas of their life that reflect various stages at different times.

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