Discipleship Conference 2023

Discipleship in Community

God calls us to a life of discipleship, a personal walk with him where we bring all our life into alignment with the way of Christ and encourage others to do the same. This year our Discipleship Conference took place on April 15th in Leo, IN, and we focused on how the community around us can support and encourage this walk of discipleship. The main sessions, breakouts, and practice forums, all focused on key aspects of a community that fosters discipleship. This conference is designed to encourage attendees in their personal walk with Jesus as well as support those who are helping others on this journey.

Main Sessions:

Discipleship in Community
God's plan for the world is realized through his community of disciples. What could life in our local church look like if "making disciples of all people and training them how to do everything Jesus commanded" was taken as its primary objective?
PPT Handout   Video   Audio

The Community That Disciples
The community that disciples has certain qualities. In this presentation those qualities will be drawn out and illustrated. What is needed to foster a discipleship community?
PPT Handout   Video   Audio

My Discipleship Community
In this session, we will learn from a few seasoned believers about their ongoing experience with a community of disciples. How has their community impacted their discipleship?
Video  Audio

Breakout Topics:

Emotional Health in Community
For better and for worse, you bring all of who you are into every relationship you have. Your internal emotional life is deeply tied to your external relational life. How can a community of Christ-followers care for the emotional health of its members?
PPT Handout   Audio

Peacemaking in Community
Christians can be bad at resolving conflict. Some of us are prone to avoid it and pretend nothing is wrong; others of us are harsh and overly critical. How can a community of disciples engage in peacemaking as Jesus modeled it?
PPT Handout   Audio

Developing Community Rhythms
We all live our life in rhythms or patterns. These consistent practices in our daily life make up a large part of who we are and who we are becoming. How can a local church engage in developing spiritual rhythms that result in a community enveloped in God's love?
PPT Handout    Video   Audio

Known And Loved in Community
Healthy community provides safety for its members as we are known and still loved. Fear is cast out as deepening love prevails. What are principles that can help a community model the love found in 1 John 4?
PPT Handout   Audio

Practice Forums:

Our practice forums will provide an opportunity to discuss and practice actual disciplines of the disciple. How do we create a community that encourages these disciplines? We will host practice forums around the following topics:

Prayer in Community

Bible in Community

Celebration in Community

Hospitality in Community


Donations: We rely upon donations to cover the costs associated with this event. Suggested donation is $50/person. If you feel moved to give, please denote 'Discipleship Conference' in the memo line. We deeply appreciate your support!

Saturday, April 15th
8:30 – 9:00am Registration
9:00 – 9:45am Main Session
9:45 - 10:00am Break
10:00 - 10:45am Breakout #1
10:45 - 11:00am Break
11:00 – 11:45am Breakout #2
11:45am – 12:30pm Lunch
12:30 - 1:15pm Main Session
1:15 - 1:30pm Break
1:30 - 2:10pm Practice Forum
2:10 - 2:20pm Break
2:20 - 3:00pm Final Session
3:00pm Dismiss

Hotel Recommendations:

Hilton Garden Inn Fort Wayne North
10650 Diebold Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46845
(260) 399-6000

Holiday Inn Express Fort Wayne North
10040 Diebold Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
(260) 498-8915

For directions to the Leo Apostolic Christian Church in Leo, IL, click here.

A big thank you to the Leo Church for hosting and partnering with ACCFS!