Being a follower of Jesus Christ is not a component or part of our life. It defines our life. Being a disciple and making disciples is an all-of-life activity. Discipleship includes consistently seeking …

To encourage people toward the grace of Jesus.
To encourage people to grow in Jesus.
Encouragement from others to become more like Jesus.

Being a disciple is not a second-stage of Christianity. Followers of Jesus make disciples. There is only obedience and disobedience. As Christians committed to pursuing discipleship, our desire should be to intentionally grow together as disciples of Jesus Christ.  To better determine how to grow, we must first be honest about our current reality.  We must ask the questions, “What type of disciple am I today?” and, “How can I grow as a disciple?” The tools below will help us identify areas of strength and growth and are oriented around 3 categories:

  • Character: The overall qualities and characteristics that define us.  The credibility of the gospel depends on the character of the Christian community (Matthew 5:13-16 and John 13:35).
  • Competence: This category focuses on various aspects of knowledge and skill.  As disciples, we desire to grow in Biblical knowledge and skill of the the purposes of evangelism and  building up others (2 Timothy 3:161 Peter 3:15).
  • Compatibility: This category has to do with the vision, values, and mission of our church.  Being a disciple means taking ownership of our mission.


To build your Personal Discipleship Plan, complete all four steps below. If you have any questions or need assistance contact us.

1. Prepare to take the Discipleship Inventory
  • Download and/or print the Goal Sheet.  Having this tool available will help you reflect on your Inventory and set goals for how you would like to grow as a disciple.
  • Plan for approximately 30 minutes to take the Inventory, reflect, and set your goals.


2. Take the Discipleship Inventory
  • Open the online Personal Discipleship Plan (PDP) Inventory by clicking on the green “PDP Inventory” button below.
  • The inventory can be completed right on your computer screen by clicking in the appropriate circle for each statement or question and clicking SUBMIT when you are done.
  • Be sure to PRINT your inventory BEFORE submitting.  Having the copy will assist you in writing your goals and also be a useful tool to measure your growth when you reassess yourself in the future.
  • Please note that all submissions are entirely anonymous. As a church, we are collecting the anonymous responses to help us gain understanding in how we can move forward in discipleship at Briarcliff.


3. Set Goals to Help You Grow as a Disciple

After you have printed and submitted the online PDP Inventory, use your responses to complete your personal goal sheet.
The third page of the Goal Sheet provides examples to assist you.
Refer to your Goal Sheet often to help keep you focused on growing as a disciple.

4. Find Resources to Help You Grow as a Disciple and Achieve Your Goals

After you have completed your inventory and written your goals for the year, return to this page and refer to the helpful resources below.
In coordination with the inventory, the resources are oriented around the same three categories.
The resources in each category are listed under separate tabs. To view the resources in each category, click on the tab headings; Character, Competence, and Compatibility.



This category focuses on various aspects of knowledge and skill. As disciples, we desire to grow in Biblical knowledge and skill for the purposes of evangelism and building up others (2 Timothy 3:16, 1 Peter 3:15).

Advent Devotionals

 Come Let Us Adore Him

 Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus

 The Dawning of Indescribable Joy

 God Is in The Manger

 From Heaven

Bible (self/others)

 Living by the Book

 ESV Study Bible

 How to Read the Bible for all it’s Worth

 Grasping God’s Word

 According to Plan

  Days to Understanding the Bible

 Bible Savvy

 Tools for Studying the Bible

 Read Scripture App

 Gospel Centered Life

 8 Questions to Help You Understand and Apply the Bible

 Biblical Themes

 The Gospel and Scripture: How to Read the Bible

 What is the Gospel?

Devotional Life

 The Mockingbird Devotional

 A Godward Life

 New Morning Mercies

 The Songs of Jesus

 The Daily Liturgy

 The Gospel and Scripture: How to Read the Bible

 The New City Catechism


 The Cost of Discipleship

 Long Obedience in the Same Direction

 Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands

 You Are What You Love

 You Are What You Love

 What is the Gospel?


 Marks of the Messenger


 Out of the Salt Shaker Into the World

 Our Guilty Silence

 The Case for Christ


 Surprised by Joy

 The Holy Spirit


 Christ’s Redemption

 The Gospel and Scripture: How to Read the Bible


 Shema – “Listen”


 The Meaning of Marriage

 What Did You Expect

 Gospel-Centered Marriage


Parent Cue App


 Of Prayer

 A Praying Life

 A Simple Way to Pray


 Praying the Bible


 When People are Big and God is Small

 Life Together

 Relationships: A Mess Worth Making

 How People Change

Scripture Memory

 Fighter Verses: memorize Bible

Theology (personal/others)

 The Gospel as Center

 Christian Beliefs

 The Cross of Christ

 Knowing God

 Knowledge of the Holy

 Law & Gospel: Theology for Sinners (and Saints)

 What is Doctrine?

 Who is the Holy Spirit?

 What is the Lord’s Supper?

 What is Baptism?

 Biblical Themes

 The Kingdom of God

 Baptism & The Lord’s Supper

 The Restoration of All Things

 The Holy Spirit


 Christ’s Redemption

 Sin and The Fall

 What is the Gospel?

 The New City Catechism


 Lies we Believe

 Must One Choose Between Truth and Tolerance?

Work as Worship

 Kingdom Calling

 Work Matters

 Flourishing Culture