Spiritual Growth Plan

Our journey as followers of God, our spiritual journey, starts the moment we accept Him into our lives. From that moment on, our purpose in life is to become more like Jesus.

In Mark 8:34, Jesus give instruction to those of us who want to follow Him: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” This is not an easy task! Not only do we have to leave our old lives behind, we have to GROW in our understanding of what it means to be a Christian.

I’m not talking just about a new believer classes at church. I’m talking about taking personal responsibility to learn biblical truth and apply it to your life EVERY day. Each of us are able to understand more now than we ever could before we accepted Jesus because we have the power and knowledge of the Holy Spirit abiding within us!

God EXPECTS us to grow spiritually:

  • Now this is what the LordAlmighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. Haggai 1:5
  • Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. Lamentations 3:40
  • Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise. Ephesians 5:15
  • Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else. Galatians 6:4
  • Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

The process of developing and following a Personal Spiritual Growth Plan will help you focus on growth in specific areas of your life. I’ve included “Areas of Focus for Spiritual Growth,” which contains possible areas of focus. This is not a comprehensive list, and you are by no means limited to what is on the list. I’ve also include a sheet for you to create your own PERSONAL Growth Plan! 

I look forward to hearing testimonies and stories about how your journey is going, Girlfriend! I’ll be praying for you!

Love you,

RobynsNamelogo_sm

 

 

Download a printable copy of the Spiritual Growth Plan


Areas of Focus for Spiritual Growth Plan

Sitting down to make a personal Spiritual Growth plan can be overwhelming. The best practice is to honestly and humbly approach God, asking Him to show you the areas where you need to grow. For your plan, you will choose 4 specific Areas of Focus (Abide, Live in the Word, Pray in Faith, etc.) and then establish one specific goal for that area.

This page is a list of suggestions to get you started, NOT a complete list of what you should focus on. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box! Only God knows His plans for you! Trust God, Girlfriend. He knows what you need at this season in your life, and He will guide your growth to enable your work in His kingdom!

Disciplines of the Holy Spirit

  • Attend church weekly.
  • Set aside space and time for a regular “quiet time” with God.
  • Create a routine to prepare yourself for worship each week. This could include prayer and confession, music, Bible reading, or even drawing and/or dancing for the Lord!
  • Memorize one scripture verse each week.
  • Memorize passages of Scripture.
  • Participate in the prayer ministry at the church.
  • Enlist and meet regularly with a prayer partner for prayer.

Disciplines of Surrender

  • Set aside a time for fasting according to the prompting of God.
  • Set aside a regular time to learn about your identity in Christ.
  • Regularly thank God and give Him Praise in ALL situations.
  • Create a list of what is hindering your spiritual growth and seek God’s will and help to get rid of the difficulties!
  • Lead a small group Bible Study related to living in God’s Word.

Disciplines of Solitude

  • Take notes during the weekly sermons and other Bible studies, then spend quiet time studying those passages mentioned in the sermon.
  • Create a regular Bible study time each day. Take notes as you study and look at how the scriptures apply to your life. Spend time listening for God’s answers on how to apply the scriptures to your life.
  • Meditate on the character of God as it is described in Scripture.
  • Journal your prayers and record the answers you receive from God!
  • Set aside a regular prayer time. Make sure you put yourself in a quite environment where you can truly listen for God’s voice.

Disciplines of Service

  • Ask family members how you can improve your relationship with them.
  • Do a personal study on building godly relationships in marriage, parenting, and friendships and share that information with others by leading a small group on building godly relationships.
  • Write your testimony and practice sharing it!
  • Complete a spiritual gifts inventory then volunteer for a ministry or servant leadership position in the church.
  • Send encouraging notes to the staff and leadership of the church.
  • Ask a member of the church staff to help you find ways to minister to people around you.
  • Lead a small group related to ministering to others.

My Spiritual Growth Plan

I started my Spiritual Growth plan on July _____, 2016

Step 1: Create my Spiritual Growth Plan

Choose 4 specific Areas of Focus (Abide, Live in the Word, Pray in Faith, etc.) and then establish one specific goal for that area.

For the next three months I will

  1. Improve my understanding of God’s will for the following area of focus through individual or group study. __________________________________________________
  2. My goal is __________________________________________________

For the next three months I will

  1. Improve my understanding of God’s will for the following area of focus through individual or group study. __________________________________________________
  2. My goal is __________________________________________________

For the next three months I will

  1. Improve my understanding of God’s will for the following area of focus through individual or group study. __________________________________________________
  2. My goal is __________________________________________________

For the next three months I will

  1. Improve my understanding of God’s will for the following area of focus through individual or group study. __________________________________________________
  2. My goal is __________________________________________________

 

Step 2: Enlist an accountability partner who will agree to:

  • Meet with me to look at my plan and pray with me about sticking with it.
  • Meet with me at least once a month to discuss my progress.
  • Celebrate my successes with me and challenge me to stay focused on my plan.
  • Pray for me.

 

I choose ____________________________________________ as my accountability partner.