Dear Nazarene Discipleship International (NDI) Leader,
Greetings to you in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ, our Lord! I want to say “Thank you!”
for your service to our Lord through discipleship. Making disciples is the focus of Christ’s Great Commission and one of the most fundamental purposes of the church. Notice that making dis- ciples is Christ’s mission. We are called, therefore, to join Him in what He is doing. This is why we call it the Great Co-Mission of Christ.
As you know, the mission of the Church of the Nazarene is “making Christlike disciples in the nations.” We understand this mission as a journey that we make with other people from no faith to new faith to mature faith. Picture everyone in your church mobilized to come alongside peo- ple who don’t know Jesus, walking with them in love until they repent and believe, and continuing to walk with them until they are fully devoted, sanctified disciple-makers. Wow! That is the task before NDI in the local church!
I once heard that discipleship was like a two miles/hour walk over a very long distance. Jesus certainly did this with his Twelve. He said, “Follow me!” They walked with Him and learned from Him over three years with love, correction, ministry opportunities, spiritual education, etc. In the pages that follow, you will receive resources to help you lead your church to do these things.
Would you take up this charge: to join Jesus in making disciples in your city and in your church? This NDI handbook for USA/Canada is designed to help you do just this. The NDI global team at the Global Ministry Center is here to help you. Please let us know if there is anything you need from us as we walk this Journey of Grace together.