Premises of Destination Character
Destination Character Discipleship is designed for the participant to discover his/her present value/belief system. The participant then compares what is presently valued and believed with the absolute value/belief system as defined through God’s Word – the Bible. As one is being transformed from a relative value/belief system to an absolute value/belief system, the natural result is character. For the Christian, the character is that of Jesus Christ known as the fruit of the Spirit. This character will then be exemplified in the life of the Christian reflecting good choices based on an absolute value/belief system.
In Destination Character, the process begins by identifying the present value/belief system through the use of Lawrence Kohlberg’s Ten Universal Truths. Having the participant define these truths as they believe them to be reveals his/her present value/belief system. Comparing those definitions to the biblical definitions allows the participant to come to understand an absolute value/belief system thus setting a standard of value/belief growth. That process begins by committing one’s life to God through salvation thus allowing the transforming work of the Holy Spirit to begin in his/her life.
As the Holy Spirit transforms the fallen (relative) value/belief system to the absolute value/belief system as defined by God, the natural result is Christ-like character known as the fruit of the Sprit.
The first Universal Truth defined is truth. The definition usually given by participants falls into the category of relativism. Relativism being what is right for the moment dictated by the person and the situation. In seeking the biblical definition of truth, one discovers that absolute truth is found in a person – the Lord Jesus (John 14:6; Ephesians 4:21; II Corinthians 13:8). Thus biblical truth is that which is appropriate to the person of Jesus. This makes truth not only universal but consistent and absolute throughout eternity. Since God inspired the writing of the Bible, it is true in all respects because it reveals the person of Jesus Christ.
In transforming from relativism to absolute truth as defined by Jesus, the character trait developed is faithfulness. Faithfulness defined is being true to the biblical revelation.
Another aspect of Destination Character Discipleship is mentoring.
Mentoring – Guiding One Through Life Experiences
Mentoring is one life guiding another life through the venue of life’s experiences. It is not a program, project, or agenda. It is a process. In order to mentor effectively, the mentor must know where he/she is going in order to guide the mentee through the process. A mentor is not perfect, flawless, nor does he/she have all life’s answers. A mentor is one who is willing to spend precious, quality time impacting the life of another.
Just as Destination Character Discipleship is available for churches to learn the process of true biblical discipleship, Destination Character Mentoring is available to churches to learn the process of mentoring.
Please contact Destination Character Discipleship to discover how to bring this learning process to your church or ministry.