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In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus announces to his followers that “all authority in
heaven and earth has been given to me. So go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Pittsburgh Presbytery recognizes that disciplemaking is a critical part of the God-given mission for the church and that the Holy Spirit is ultimately responsible for initiating the relationship and helping disciples grow. Disciples participate in the mission that God gives in Christ. In my role of Director of Disciplemaking and Spiritual Growth, I use my gifts to guide and encourage pastors, church staff and volunteers whose goal is to develop a culture where people are growing in their relationship with the Triune God. Disciplemaking involves continued personal growth in union with Christ. Bible Study, prayer, listening to God and others, lifestyle choices, stewardship, hospitality, outreach and witnessing are actions of a follower of Jesus. Just like Jesus reached out and cared for those in physical, spiritual and emotional need, disciplemaking involves sharing God’s grace, love and provisions to people in our communities and world that are in need of encouragement and support.

At the Presbytery

Sharon is available to work with church communities who are interested in developing disciples. She will listen to your needs and work with you to:

• Encourage your staff and leaders in their own relationship with the Lord

• Build ministry teams for children, youth, adults, and other ministries

• Establish yearly benchmarks for a disciplemaking ministry

• Discuss job descriptions for educators to clarify positions

• Develop and train new leaders

• Review curriculum

• Brainstorm about recruiting, training, and encouraging volunteers

• Promote small groups within the church

• Become familiar with and utilize the resources in the Presbytery Resource Center

• Provide educational seminars

• Model servanthood in settings throughout the community

• Develop spiritual retreats

• Pray for you and your church

In her job as Director of Disciplemaking and Spiritual Growth, Sharon will be visiting churches and talking with staff, leaders and volunteers about how to more effectively encourage and nurture children, youth and adults in their relationship with Jesus.