Date of Award


Document Type

Project Portfolio

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)



First Advisor

Jason Wellman, DMin

Second Advisor

Jeney Park-Hearn, PhD

Third Advisor

Ken Van Vliet, DMin


The Apprentice Life: Finding Life in the Way of Jesus course is a project designed to address the difficulty of mobilizing more experienced believers at a large, western Canadian, evangelical anabaptist church to embrace their role in helping new believers grow up in their faith. The author has explored Old and New Testament teachings, various historic Christian traditions, contemporary faith formation theory, disciple-making literature, and the insights of local and expert contributors. Based on these discoveries, new believers are most likely to become resilient apprentices of Jesus when more experienced mentors in faith accept responsibility to pass on a living memory of God’s saving work through Christ and the Spirit through loving, intentional relationships. Apprentice Life provides a framework and content for a relational disciple-making and catechetical experience incorporating teaching, class and small group interaction, one-on-one mentoring, and personal exploration. Through a series of 13 interactive sessions, new believers (drawn from various evangelistic and seeker-oriented efforts) discover the key elements of basic discipleship; mentors receive training and resources for spiritual accompaniment, and journey alongside a new believer for the duration of the course.

Included in

Christianity Commons