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SpiritualJourneyAssessmentProcessContentsFellowshipForneyMissionStatement2SpiritualJourneyAssessmentProcess3SpiritualJourneyAssessment..4DiscipleshipWheel..7SpiritualGrowthObservationsInstructions..9SpiritualGrowthObservationsResponseSheet..10AnnualSpiritualGrowthPlan11RecommendedActionsforSpiritualGrowth....13Page|1FellowshipForneyOURMISSIONHelpingPeopleDoWhatGodHasCalledThemToDoFellowshipBaptistChurchexiststoattractandwinpeopletofaithinJesusChrist,toencouragethemtomeaningfulworshipandgodlycharacter,andtoequipthemtodotheworkGodhascalledthemtodo.HereatFellowship,weseektoexpresstheseactionsinthreekeyareasoflife: Worshiping Praying Connecting Growing Serving Reaching Page|2SpiritualJourneyAssessmentProcessYourspiritualjourneyasafollowerofChristbeganthemomentyouadmittedpersonalsinandplacedyourtrustinChristasSaviorandLord.Fromthatpoint,untildeathorthereturnofChrist,yourlifescallistogrowinChristlikeness.JesussummarizesthedisciplescallinMark8:34,IfanyonewantstobeMyfollower,hemustdenyhimself,takeuphiscross,andfollowMe(HolmanCSB).AccomplishingsuchachallengingassignmentrequiresgrowinginyourunderstandingofwhatitmeanstobeaChristian,expandingyourpersonalknowledgeofbiblicaltruth,andapplyingdailywhatyoulearn.ThroughthepresenceofHisindwellingSpirit,Godenablesyoutoknow,obey,andserveHim.GodexpectsHischildrentogrowspirituallyandHisWordencouragespersonalexaminationasanelementofgrowth. LetussearchoutandexamineourwaysLamentations3:40 Now,theLordofHostssaysthis:Thinkcarefullyaboutyourways.Haggai1:5 Searchme,God,andknowmyheart;testmeandknowmyconcerns.Seeifthereisanyoffensivewayinme;leadmeintheeverlastingway.Psalm139:2324 Buteachpersonshouldexaminehisownwork,andthenhewillhaveareasonforboastinginhimselfalone,andnotinrespecttosomeoneelse.Galatians6:4 Paycarefulattention,then,tohowyouwalknotasunwisepeople,butaswise. Ephesians5:15Thisassessmentprocesscanhelpyoucompleteanexaminationandcarefulsearchofyourspiritualgrowth.Followthesesimplestepstocompletetheprocess.1. CompletetheSpiritualJourneyAssessment. Theassessmenthelpsyouthinkcarefullyaboutyourspiritualdevelopmentrelatedtosixspecificspiritualdisciplines;WorshipingabidinginChrist,Prayingprayinginfaith,Connectingfellowshippingwithbelievers,GrowinglivingintheWord,Servingministeringtoothers,Reachingwitnessingtotheworld.Beforecompletingyourresponses,asktheLordtoguideyourevaluation.Sincemostofthesestatementsrequireasubjectiveresponse,Hisguidanceisthekeytoanaccurateappraisal.Also,resisttheurgetocomparescoreswithothers.Selfcondemnationorpridecouldresultfromsuchcomparisons.TrustGodtohelpyougrowspirituallybyrevealingheartissuesandempoweringyoutotakeaction.2. DrawandevaluateyourDiscipleshipWheel.3. DistributecopiesoftheSpiritualGrowthObservationsResponseSheettoatleastthreepeople.Followtheinstructionsbeforecompletingapersonalgrowthplan.4. Beginworkingonapersonalgrowthplan.TheAnnualSpiritualGrowthPlanworksheethelpsyouformulateanintentionalplanforgrowth.UsetheRecommendedActionsforSpiritualGrowthGuidetodiscoversuggestionsforactionstoincludeinyourplan.Asyoudiscussyourplanwithanaccountabilitypartner,youmaydiscoveradditionalactionsthatmoreeffectivelymeetyourneeds.Asyoucompletethisassessmentprocess,thetemptationmightbetothinkyoureffortsarecentraltogrowingspiritually.Remember,becominglikeChristcentersonHisworkinusandnotourworkforHim.Goddesiresheartchangeoverreligiousactions.Withoutquestion,Goddoestherevealing,therenewing,theempowering,andtherecreating.YourpartasHisdiscipleistodotheyielding,thesubmitting,andtheobeying.Page|3SpiritualJourneyAssessmentThefollowingassessmentisdividedintothreekeyareasoflife:Worship,Walk,Work.EachsectionfocusesontwoSpiritualDisciplines.Asyoucompletetheassessment,avoidrushing.ListenforGodsvoice toencourageandchallengeyou.Consider thisexperienceasoneonone timewithHim.Beintentional inyourgrowth towardsChristlikeness.Use thescalebelow to respond toeachstatement.Never1Seldom2Occasionally3Frequent4Always5WORSHIP RESPONSEWORSHIPINGABIDEINCHRIST1.IpracticearegularquiettimeandlookforwardtothattimewithChrist. 2.Whenmakingchoices,IseekChristsguidancefirst. 3.MyrelationshipwithChristismotivatedmorebylovethandutyorfear. 4.Iexperiencelifechangeasaresultofmyworshipexperiences. 5.WhenGodmakesmeawareofHisspecificwillinanareaofmylife,IfollowHis. 6.IbelieveChristprovidestheonlywayforarelationshipwithGod. 7.MyactionsdemonstrateadesiretobuildGodskingdomratherthanmyown. 8.Peace,contentment,andjoycharacterizemyliferatherthanworryandanxiety. 9.ItrustChristtohelpmethroughanyproblemorcrisisIface. 10.IremainconfidentofGodsloveandprovisionduringdifficulttimes. WorshipingTotal PRAYINGPRAYINFAITH1.MyprayersfocusondiscoveringGodswillmorethanexpressingmyneeds. 2.ItrustGodtoanswerwhenIprayandwaitpatientlyonHistiming. 3.Myprayersincludethanksgiving,praise,confession,andrequests. 4.Iexpecttogrowinmyprayerlifeandintentionallyseekhelptoimprove. 5.IspendasmuchtimelisteningtoGodastalkingtoHim. 6.IpraybecauseIamawareofmycompletedependenceonGodforeverythinginmylife.7.Regularparticipationingroupprayercharacterizesmyprayerlife. 8.Imaintainanattitudeofprayerthroughouteachday. 9.Ibelievemyprayersimpactmylifeandthelivesofothers. 10.Iengageinadailyprayertime. PrayingTotal Page|4SpiritualJourneyAssessmentNever1Seldom2Occasionally3Frequent4Always5WALK RESPONSECONNECTINGFELLOWSHIPWITHBELIEVERS1.Iforgiveotherswhentheiractionsharmme. 2.IadmitmyerrorsinrelationshipsandhumblyseekforgivenessfromtheonesIvehurt. 3.IallowotherChristianstoholdmeaccountableforspiritualgrowth. 4.Iseektoliveinharmonywithothermembersofmyfamily. 5.Iplacetheinterestofothersabovemyselfinterest. 6.Iamgentleandkindinmyinteractionswithothers. 7.Iencourageandlistentofeedbackfromotherstohelpmediscoverareasforrelationshipgrowth.8.Ishowpatienceinmyrelationshipswithfamilyandfriends. 9.Iencourageothersbypointingouttheirstrengthsratherthancriticizingtheirweaknesses.10.MytimecommitmentsdemonstratethatIvaluerelationshipsoverwork/career/hobbies.ConnectingTotal GROWINGLIVEINTHEWORD1.IregularlyreadandstudymyBible. 2.IbelievetheBibleisGodsWordandprovidesHisinstructionsforlife. 3.Ievaluateculturalideasandlifestylesbybiblicalstandards. 4.Icananswerquestionsaboutlifeandfaithfromabiblicalperspective. 5.IreplaceimpureorinappropriatethoughtswithGodstruth. 6.Idemonstratehonestyinmyactionsandconversation. 7.WhentheBibleexposesanareaofmylifeneedingchange,Irespondtomakethingsright.8.Generally,mypublicandprivateselfarethesame 9.IusetheBibleastheguideforthewayIthinkandact. 10.IstudytheBibleforthepurposeofdiscoveringtruthfordailyliving. GrowingTotal Page|5SpiritualJourneyAssessmentNever1Seldom2Occasionally3Frequent4Always5WORK RESPONSESERVINGMINISTERTOOTHERS1.Iunderstandmyspiritualgiftsandusethosegiftstoserveothers. 2.Iserveothersexpectingnothinginreturn. 3.Isacrificiallycontributemyfinancestohelpothersinmychurchandcommunity. 4.IgooutofmywaytoshowlovetopeopleImeet. 5.Meetingtheneedsofothersprovidesasenseofpurposeinmylife. 6.IsharebiblicaltruthwiththoseIserveasGodgivesopportunity. 7.Iactasifothersneedsareasimportantasmyown. 8.IexpectGodtousemeeverydayinHiskingdomwork. 9.Iregularlycontributetimetoaministryatmychurch. 10.Ihelpothersidentifyministrygiftsandbecomeinvolvedinministry. ServingTotalREACHINGWITNESSTOTHEWORLD1.IsharemyfaithinChristwithnonbelievers. 2.IregularlyprayfornonbelieversIknow. 3.Imakemyfaithknowntomyneighborsand/orfellowemployees. 4.Iintentionallymaintainrelationshipswithnonbelieversinordertosharemytestimony.5.Whenconfrontedaboutmyfaith,Iremainconsistentandfirminmytestimony. 6.Ihelpothersunderstandhowtoeffectivelyshareapersonaltestimony. 7.ImakesurethepeopleIwitnesstogetthefollowupandsupportneededtogrowinChrist.8.Iencouragemychurchandfriendstosupportmissionefforts. 9.Iampreparedtosharemytestimonyatanytime. 10.MyactionsdemonstrateabeliefinandcommitmenttotheGreatCommission(Matthew28:1920).ReachingTotalPage|6YourDiscipleshipWheelForavisualrepresentationofyourspiritualassessmentcompletethefollowingsteps:StepOne:Onthedottedlineineachdisciplinesectionofthecircle,plotapointcorrespondingtoyourtotalscoreforthatdiscipline.Placesimilarpointsonthesolidlinestotheimmediaterightandleftofeachdottedline.StepTwo:Connecttheplottedpointswithcurvedlinessimilartothelinesofthecircle.StepThree:Usingapencilormarker,shadetheareasineachsectionbetweenthelinesyoudrewandthecenterofthecircle.Theshadedareasrevealyourpersonaldiscipleshipwheelatthispointinyourspiritualjourney.Reaching - Witness to the World Worshiping - Abide in Christ Praying Pray in Faith Serving Minister to Others Growing Live In the Word Connecting - Fellowship With Believers Page|7Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 1 Timothy 4:15 (NIV) StepFour:Askyourselfthesequestions:1.Whichareashavethemostshading?Atthispointinyourspiritualjourney,youseetheseasthestrongestelementsofyourspiritualgrowth.Listbelowonebenefitthesestrengthsbringtoa.Youpersonally:__________________________________________________b.Yourfamily:______________________________________________________c.Yourchurch:_____________________________________________________d.Yourcommunity:_________________________________________________2.Whichareashavetheleastshading?Atthispointinyourspiritualjourneyyouseetheseastheelementsneedingthemostimprovement.Listbelowonerewardgrowthinthesedisciplineswouldbringto:a.Youpersonally:__________________________________________________b.Yourfamily:______________________________________________________c.Yourchurch:_____________________________________________________d.Yourcommunity:_________________________________________________StepFive:Makespecificplanstogrowspirituallythisnextyear.CompletetheAnnualSpiritualGrowthPlan(seepage11)Page|8SpiritualGrowthObservationsInstructions1. Enlist3peopletocompleteaSpiritualGrowthObservationonyou.TheseshouldbeChristianswhoregularlyobserveyourlifeactions.Ifmarried,yourspousewouldbeanexcellentchoicetogiveyoufeedback.Olderchildreninyourfamilymightalsobeconsidered.Explaintothoseyouenlistthatyouneedtheirhelptoaccuratelyassessyourspiritualgrowth.Pointoutthatyouwanttodiscoverareaswheregrowthisneededandwithouttheirinputthosediscoveriesmightnotbepossible.2. Afterreceivingthecompletedobservations,followthesesimplesteps:a. Sendeachpersonwhocompletedtheobservationsathankyounote.b. Prayovertheresponsesbeforelookingatthespecificscores.c. Averagethescoresofeachdisciplineandwritetheaveragescorebelow. AbideinChrist _______ LivebyGodsWord _______ PrayinFaith _______ BuildgodlyRelationships _______ WitnesstotheWorld _______ MinistertoOthers _______d. Comparethescoreswithyourpersonalassessmenttotals.Askyourselfthesequestionsanddiscussyouranswerswithyouraccountabilitypartner:i. Wheredotheobserverscoresagreewithmypersonalscores?ii. Wheredotheobserverscoresdisagreewithmypersonalscores?Iftheobserverscoresdisagreewithmyscores,dotheyagreewitheachother?Ifso,couldthisbeablindspotformethatneedsattention?iii. ReviewanyNO(notobserved)responses.Shouldthepeopleclosesttomebeseeingmoreoftheseactions?Ifyouranswerisyes,consideraddressingthisonyourAnnualSpiritualGrowthPlan(seepage11).3.CompleteyourAnnualSpiritualGrowthPlan(seepage11).Page|9SpiritualGrowthObservationsResponseSheetYouhavebeenaskedbyanotherdiscipletoparticipateinanintentionalprocesstoevaluatehis/herspiritualgrowth.Yourobservationswillbeusedtohelpdevelopagrowthplanfortheupcomingyear.Inordertoprovidehelpfulevaluations,asktheLordfordirectionbeforecompletingthisform.Eventhoughthesearesubjectiveresponses,Godcanusethemtoaffirmandchallengethisfellowtraveleronthejourneyofdiscipleship.Authenticchangeoccursasthecommunityofbelievershelpsoneanothergrowspiritually.Usethefollowingscaletorespondtoeachstatement.Never1 Seldom2 Occassionally3 Frequent4 Always5 NotObservedNO1.Peace,contentment,andjoycharacterizeliferatherthanworryandanxiety. 2.DemonstratestrustinChristwhenfacinglifeproblems. 3.Participatesinchurchworshipexperiences. 4.ExpressesloveforChrist. 5.Engagesinapersonalquiettime. WorshipingAbideinChristTotal(addlines15) 6.Engagesinadailyprayertime. 7.TalksaboutGodsanswerstopersonalprayers. 8.Solicitsprayerconcernsfromothers. 9.Encouragesotherstopray. 10.Initiatestimesofprayeringroupsettings. PrayingPrayinFaithTotal(addlines1115) 11.Admitserrorsinrelationshipsandseeksforgiveness. 12.Demonstrateshumilityinrelatingtoothers. 13.Seeksunityinrelationshipsratherthancreatingdivision. 14.Encouragesotherinsteadofcriticizing. 15.Gentleandkindininteractionswithothers. ConnectingFellowshipwithBelieversTotal(addlines1620) 16.Teachesothersbiblicaltruth. 17.Publicandprivateselfarethesame. 18.Biblicaltruthguidespersonalactions. 19.Demonstratesselfcontrolinstressfulsituations. 20.Talksaboutbiblicalstandardsforlifeactions. GrowingLiveintheWordTotal(addlines610) 21.Treatsothersneedsasimportantashis/herown. 22.Contributestimetoaministryatchurch. 23.Demonstratesanattitudeofservanthood. 24.Contributesfinancestohelpothersinthechurchandcommunity. 25.Servesothersexpectingnothinginreturn. ServingMinistertoOthersTotal(addlines2630) 26.Makesfaithknowntoneighborsand/orfellowemployees. 27.Helpsothersunderstandhowtoeffectivelyshareapersonaltestimony. 28.Sharesapersonaltestimonywithnonbelievers. 29.Praysfornonbelieversbyname. ReachingWitnesstotheWorldTotal(addlines2125) Page|10AnnualSpiritualGrowthPlanDateStarted________________I.Enlistanaccountabilitypartnerwhowillagreetodothefollowing:1. Meetwithmeinitiallytooverviewmyassessmentandpraywithmeaboutthisplan.2. Meetwithmeatleastonceeachmonthtodiscussmyprogressonthisplan.3. Affirmmysuccessesandchallengemetostayfocusedonachievingeachpartoftheplan.4. Prayregularlyforme.5. Myaccountabilitypartnerwillbe_____________________________II.Decideonactionsforspiritualgrowth. Ontheblanksfollowingnumbers1,2,3,4writeintheseasonsontheyearbeginningwiththecomingseason.ForExample:YoucompletedtheassessmentinNovember.Number1wouldbeFall. Useyourdiscipleshipwheeltodetermineactions.Forexample,lookingatareasoflessshading,whatisthenextstepforyourgrowthinthatarea?(KnowingmoreaboutwhatGodexpects,buildingskillsinthisdiscipline,justdoingit,orjoiningagroupthatdoesthisdiscipline). Next,considertheareasofmoreshading.Whatisthenextstepforyourgrowthinthoseareas?(leadingothersinknowingthisdiscipline,leadingothersindoingthisdiscipline,orbuildingconsistencyindoingthisdiscipline)1.____________DuringthesemonthsIwilla.ImprovemyunderstandingofGodsstandardforthefollowingdisciplinethroughindividualand/orgroupstudy.Discipline____________________________________________________Nameofstudy_________________________________________________b.Setanactiongoal.UsetheRecommendedActionsGuideforsuggestions.Page|112.____________DuringthesemonthsIwilla.ImprovemyunderstandingofGodsstandardforthefollowingdisciplinethroughindividualand/orgroupstudy.Discipline____________________________________________________Nameofstudy_________________________________________________b.Setanactiongoal.UsetheRecommendedActionsGuideforsuggestions.3.____________DuringthesemonthsIwilla.ImprovemyunderstandingofGodsstandardforthefollowingdisciplinethroughindividualand/orgroupstudy.Discipline____________________________________________________Nameofstudy_________________________________________________b.Setanactiongoal.UsetheRecommendedActionsGuideforsuggestions.4.____________DuringthesemonthsIwilla.ImprovemyunderstandingofGodsstandardforthefollowingdisciplinethroughindividualand/orgroupstudy.Discipline____________________________________________________Nameofstudy_________________________________________________b.Setanactiongoal.UsetheRecommendedActionsGuideforsuggestions.Page|12RecommendedActionsforSpiritualGrowthThefollowingactionscanhelpyoucompleteyourannualintentionalplanforyourspiritualgrowth.Seetheseassuggestionstogetyoustartedratherthanasalistoftheonlypossibilities.TrustGodtoguideyouinyourchoices.ThekeytogrowthwillbeHisworkinyouasyouintentionallyseekHiskingdomfirst.WORSHIPINGAbideinChrist1. Attendacorporateworshipexperienceweekly.2. Setasideaspecifictimeandlocationforaregularquiettime.3. Establishapracticeofworshippreparationthroughprayerandconfession.4. Learnaboutbiblicalfasting.5. PracticefastingastheLorddirects.6. LearnaboutyouridentityinChrist.7. RegularlythankGodandgiveHimpraiseinallsituations.8. MakealistofthingsthathinderyourspiritualgrowthandseekGodshelptoremovethosehindrances.PRAYINGPrayinFaith1. Participateintheprayerministry/eventsofFellowshipForney.2. Enlistaprayerpartnerandmeetregularlyforprayer.3. JournalyourprayersandrecordGodsanswers.4. OrganizeaprayerministryforyourA2group.5. Lead/participateinanA2groupstudyrelatedtoprayinginfaith.6. Prayeachday.CONNECTINGFellowshipwithBelievers1. Askfamilymemberstoidentifywaysyoucanimproveyourrelationshipswitheachone.2. Askfriendstoidentifywaysyoucanimproveyourrelationshipswitheachone.3. MakealistofpeoplewhohavehurtyouandaskGodforhelptoforgivethem.4. ParticipateinanA2grouptobuildrelationshipswithotherbelievers.5. Completeanindividualstudyrelatedtobuildinggodlyrelationshipsinyourmarriage.Attendaretreatorworkshoponmarriage.6. Attendaretreatorworkshoponparenting.7. Lead/participateinanA2groupstudyrelatedtobuildinggodlyrelationshipsinmarriage.8. Lead/participateinanA2groupstudyrelatedtobuildinggodlyrelationshipsasaparent.9. Lead/participateinanA2groupstudyrelatedtobuildinggodlyrelationshipswithothers.GROWINGLiveintheWord1. MemorizeoneScriptureverseeachweek.2. MemorizepassagesofScripture.3. TakenotesfromthepastorssermonandotherBiblestudyexperienceseachweek.4. Evaluatehowthestudyappliestoyourlife.Page|13Page|145. EstablisharegulartimeforpersonalBiblestudy.Takenotesfromthestudyandevaluatehowthebiblicaltruthappliestoyourlife.6. UsecommentariesandotherstudyresourcestoenrichBiblestudy.7. ReadonechapterfromtheBibleeachday.Discoveroneactionrequiredanddoit.8. ReadonechapterfromtheBibleeachday.MeditateonthecharacterofGoddescribedinthechapter.9. Join/ParticipateinanongoingA2groupBibleStudy.10. AcceptaBibleteachingpositioninyourchurch.11. Lead/participateinanA2groupstudyrelatedtolivingbyGodsWord.REACHINGWitnesstotheWorld1. Writeyourtestimonyandpracticesharingitwithanotherbeliever.2. SecureseveralgospeltractsanddistributethemastheLordleads.3. Learntoshareyourtestimonywithoutusingprintedsupport.4. Makealistofnonbelieversyouknowandbeginprayingregularlyfortheirsalvation.5. Beginbuildingrelationshipswiththenonbelieversonyourstreet.6. Beginbuildingrelationshipswithnonbelieversatwork.7. InviteanunchurchedfriendtoworshiporBiblestudy.8. Includeaspecificmissionsfocusinyourprayers.9. ShareyourtestimonyasGodprovidestheopportunity.10. Participateinanevangelisticmissionsexperience.11. Lead/participateinanA2groupstudyrelatedtowitnessingtotheworld.12. Withyouraccountabilitypartner,listplacesyouvisitinanormalweek.Brainstormcreativewaysofwitnessingtothepeopleyouregularlyseeattheseplaces.SERVINGMinistertoOthers1. Completeaspiritualgiftsinventory.Downloadaspiritualgiftsinventoryatwww.fellowshipforney.org/growthtools2. Volunteerforaministryinyourchurchwhereyoucanuseyourspiritualgifts,interests,andnaturalabilities.www.fellowshipforney.org/serve3. Sendencouragementnotestoyourchurchstaff.4. Visitonehomeboundpersoneachweek.5. Lookfornewbabybowsonmailboxesinyourneighborhood.Sendanoteofcongratulationsanddropoffagiftormeal.6. Volunteertobabysitforasingleparentinyourchurchtogivethemanightouteachmonth.7. Volunteertoservemealsatalocalshelter.8. Volunteertotutorstudentsorhelpinaclassroomatalocalschool.9. Askamemberofyourchurchstafftohelpyoudiscoverwaystoministertopeopleinyourneighborhood.10. Lead/participateinanA2groupstudyrelatedtoministeringtoothers.Spiritual Growth Assessment Front CoverSpiritual Growth Assessment 2010-01-07Spiritual Growth Assessment Back Cover

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