A number of years ago I read the book Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard J. Foster. My elementary-aged daughter, at the time, saw the book and asked why I was reading a book about celebrating discipline. In her mind, discipline was not something to celebrate. The book itself covers many “classic disciplines of the Christian faith.” Among them are topics such as meditation, prayer, faith, and study; all very good disciplines. Discipline, born from the Latin word discipulus, has come to be better understood as “control gained by enforcing obedience or order.” This is after all the first definition offered by Mirriam-Webster. Other definitions include self-control and punishment, but as related to our core value of discipleship, discipline is also defined as “training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character.”
The word discipleship is also derived from the Latin word discipulus which means pupil. When we talk about discipleship at Logos Prep, that word encompasses all that we do to train, correct, and mold our students toward perfection of mental faculties or moral character. Leaving out discussions of academics, we appreciate The Gospel Coalition’s description of discipling: “Christian discipling isn’t so much the work of experts and technocrats; to borrow the old phrase, it’s the work of one beggar pointing another beggar to bread.” The actions presented in their article 4 Ways to Make Disciples, linked below, are good, but we believe in the opposite order for true impact. While they begin with teach, we believe that discipleship begins with love. As we start our exploration of the core value discipleship, please take a moment to read our philosophy of discipleship.