The Vineyard Disciple Assessment provides an intentional path toward holistic growth, but one that is uniquely tailored to the needs of each individual. The assessment provides a snapshot of where a person is at in their walk of discipleship, and provides resources which–used in the context of community–allow that person to take the next steps they need.
Let’s look at how that works… A disciple of Jesus is a reflection of God in the world. When Jesus talked about discipleship, it was an all-in kind of thing.
Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters–yes, even his own life–he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”
We don’t have to be perfect to be Jesus’ disciple, but we do have to know what we are signing up for and be willing to submit all areas of life to God. As Jesus discipled people, he expected that their discipleship would touch all aspects of their life, relationships, and even society as a whole.
A real disciple needs to embrace and be growing in all the dimensions of discipleship. We can’t be 3⁄4 of a disciple, picking and choosing, for a disciple when fully trained is like his or her teacher: Jesus (Luke 6:40). True discipleship is holistic: we can’t be content to be growing in some areas and lacking in other areas.
As we’ve considered the nature of discipleship, we’ve created a diagram to represent the 8 dimensions of a disciple. As Jesus became incarnate and lived among us, these are the ways we see him living.
The Vineyard Disciple Assessment tool provides a snapshot of where you are in these 8 dimensions. Your view along with the perspective of friends, family, spiritual leaders and those you are influencing to follow Jesus will give you comprehensive feedback on your progress as a disciple.
This discipleship tool can help increase your spiritual health, allow you to measure success in meaningful ways, and create a baseline for future growth. Most significantly, it will help you further advance God’s kingdom as you become a more effective disciple of Jesus.