Discipleship Years
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Introduction of Ministry

The Discipleship Ministry is based on the Navigators 2:7 Training Series and is designed for small group intensive Bible study, which focuses on developing meaningful quiet time, how to pray, scripture memorization, witnessing through personal testimonies, and evangelism by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Each discipleship class consists of separate groups for both men and women, led by two facilitators and is unique in that it offers greater intimacy to each participant and the opportunity to address issues and struggles that are gender specific.

Mission Statement

In continuing the fulfillment of The First Baptist Church of Highland Park's commitment to our Lord's Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20), the Navigator's 2:7 Discipleship Series is based on Colossians 2:7 "Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving" KJV. It was founded with these three purposes:

  • To raise up faithful men and women who will be able to teach others. 2 Timothy 2:2
  • To present every believer perfect in Christ. Colossians 1:28-29
  • To prepare each believer for his personal mission field. Acts 1:8


Discipleship Ministry
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Discipleship Ministry
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The discipleship training curriculum offered at First Baptist Church of Highland Park includes:

I. The 2:7 Series, which consists of three 11-week training courses, focuses on The Growing Disciple and the look is more "inward" where students are focused on their own spiritual growth and development.

Growing Strong in God's Family
Deepening Your Roots in God's Family
Bearing Fruit in God's Family

II. The Classic Course 3 - The Ministering Disciple, which consists of one 11 week training course, focuses on The Ministering Disciple and the emphasis is more "outward" where students are focused on ministering to others.

Each course in the 2:7 Series builds on the previous course. The prerequisite for The Ministering Disciple is the successful completion of the 2:7 Series. Classes meet weekly for two hours with breaks periodically during the winter and summer. Successful completion of the training series culminates with an annual Discipleship Graduation Service held in June for all graduates.


Pastor James J. McCord implemented a discipleship training institute at First Baptist Church of Highland Park based on information, one of its members, Rev. Eric Redmond, brought back from a conference at The Washington Bible College.

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Rev. Ronald E. Crawford, then Dean of Christian Education and three other men were the first participants from First Baptist to attend the Navigators Leadership Training Conference held in 1991 in Fredericksburg, Va. Those three men would go on to facilitate the first Men's Discipleship class which had a graduation class of eight men in March 1993.

As a result of the success of the first group of men, the discipleship ministry was opened to both men and women. The Women's Discipleship group was an outgrowth of a second leadership training session, which was held at First Baptist in the fall of 1992. From among the group of trainees, Deaconess Yvonne Felton was appointed as the Coordinator of the Women's Discipleship classes. To date there have been eight hundred and forty-six (846) successful graduates from the Discipleship Ministry Training Program. As a result, many graduates have moved on to leadership positions in the church, such as Diaconate Leaders, Ministers and Trustees, as well as leaders in other ministries.

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Scripture Reference

Colossians 2:7
Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. (KJV)

Ministry Contacts

Co-Directors: Deacon Russell Crawford, Jr. and Deacon Lestine Graves.
Assistant Co-Directors: Deacon Ollie Williams and Sister Veronica C. Jacobs

For more information, please contact our Discipleship Leaders by e-mail at discipleship@fbhp.org