One Year Discipleship Program.
The Founder of GFA World and Metropolitan of Believers Eastern Church invites young Christians aged 18-27 to spend a year of monastic-inspired life marked by rhythms of prayer, sacrifice and service, within a community devoted to “Serving God & Humanity.”
A year in our Discipleship Program will teach you to live an ordered, Christ-centred life through spiritually formational practices giving you a firm foundation in your faith to live your life purposefully for the glory of God.
What will my year be like?
Tough and Transforming! Two words that describe what you can expect from this experience.
This is an opportunity to come away for a time and learn what it means to take up your cross daily and follow Jesus. A great saint once said that to follow Jesus means “to imitate the pattern of His life”.
You can expect your year to be tough, because dying to self and carrying crosses are always difficult. But you can also expect it to be life transforming as you learn to imitate the pattern of Jesus’ life, little by little, step by step, walking with others who have the same goal.
There's no going back after this radical transformation in your life through this intense year of discipleship.
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Sometimes our lives get loud and noisy. We forget to make time to just be quiet, listen to the Lord and hear what He has to say. GFA Discipleship students participate in the biblical and time-tested practice of solitude. Sunday Solitude is an occasionally a monthly scheduled time of seeking the Lord in the quiet. What does it look like?
November 3, 2017
Recently we as students were able to attend a Sunday service in a Believer's Eastern Church congregation. It was a huge privilege for me and an opportunity to meet some of the people that I've been praying for.
The service was a very beautiful event. I would even say that it was one of the most beautiful times of worship that I've ever been a part of. The church building itself was not excessively ornate, but the altar and the bishop's vestments were certainly decorative enough. But even that, while it added to the beauty of the service, wasn't the main reason that I would say the service was beautiful. My first reason for saying so was that every person around me that I could see was worshipping God absolutely. The entire congregation loved Jesus and was lost in Him.
I don't cry easily, but during that service I cried. Just being in an environment that charged with the Holy Spirit was extremely moving for me.
Over my time as a disciple with GFA Discipleship Program I've learned and seen a few things. I've learned about submission, surrender, discipleship, and the important facets of Christianity. I've learned about the liturgy, lectionary, and even the altar. I've been to visit Anglican churches and even an Eastern Orthodox church. I've been learning the reason why there are elements of design that all churches share. Visiting this church, I felt that everything that I've been studying for nearly two years culminated in one service.
The final thing is that I was blessed just to be with this congregation. These are many first-generation Christians, although not all. These are people who have dedicated their lives to Jesus' service. People who have laid down their entire lives at the foot of the Cross.
As these thoughts were running around my mind I was humbled to be with them, to worship together with them, and to know that God has done the same for me as He has done for them. Knowing this and seeing their response also has impacted my life and given me a greater drive to surrender and serve Christ.
—Disciple in GFA Discipleship Program
October 27, 2017
We returned from the mission field last week, and now are back to the everyday routine, except with a whole new outlook on the work. Knowing what we've been a part of and what is being accomplish on the field is one thing, seeing it with your own eyes is another. I always knew that behind the power points, pictures and stories, there were real people but now I know what kind of people are behind them. People with tears, laughter, hopes and dreams and faces with lines on them that tell stories. It's been a real eye opener.
Yes, I'd been overseas before but I did not see the work of God in action like I did this time. We saw many things, heard lots of honking from unorganized traffic and experienced a whole new world in comparison to North American life. Through the heat of each day, from one destination to another we had much time sitting in a vehicle and time to think about all we were seeing. It begged the question, what on earth am I here for? Am I going to build my kingdom here in the sand or live for the one True God and His Kingdom? Creation groans for the redemption of Jesus Christ. Am I willing to yield myself to God and be used by Him to impact the world with His love? Yes, because Jesus paid for my freedom with His blood, I owe Him my life.
One of the things that impacted me most was seeing the Widow’s ministry. A group of widows were gathered under tarps when we arrived. They all sat on the ground but they had put chairs out for us to sit on. They greeted us with flowers and much affection. Then, a few of the widows shared their testimonies. As one as one was finished sharing her testimony another would stand up, then another. It was touching because all they wanted was a voice and someone to hear them. I can’t imagine myself in their place. I hadn't thought much of the deep scars on their lives and what it would be like for them to lose their husband. But as they shared they had to fight tears because they recalled the memories as though they were yesterday when their husband didn't return home again. Now left to fend and provide for the family, forced to earn a living by daily labour for other villagers, life itself became a burden.
But that wasn't how things remained. Our dear Sisters of Compassion and brothers were sent to share the hope of Christ with these precious women and to care for them. To help them with domestic work and make a way for them to have a community together with one another and with God at the centre. It wouldn't have happened this way had someone not been sent to share the Good News with them. God's love stooped down and met these precious widows and their children where they were at and met all their needs. He cares for widows deeply and tells us in His word to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction (James 1:27). What’s on my Father’s heart ought to be on my heart, not out of duty but because He loves, I also love. What a boundless joy to be a part of touching the lives of the people in Asia with the love of Jesus now, and seeing love in action. The harvest is still plentiful, and the workers are still few (Luke 10:2), there's much work to be done.
—Disciple in GFA Discipleship Program