I prayed with a guy this week who was asking some deep questions about where he was going in his life. Once upon a time, I used to get a little frustrated with people always asking for prayer around where they were coming from, or where they were headed … I used to think we (I was probably more frustrated with myself, feeling guilty God’s purpose for my life was not written in the clouds ahead of me! No longer. Now I believe this is exactly where God meets us. We can only ever start from where we are, so it’s a waste of time and energy trying to start from anywhere else.
It’s this sense of listening to God and going with that I’m trying to encourage both with planting DNA Groups, which are designed to encourage us all to reflect on how and where we are following Jesus (the “D” stands for Discipleship), engaging with other people ( the “N” stands for eNgagement) and how we’re doing with our integrity (the “A” stands for authenticity).
It’s also threaded through our pattern on Twitter where Monday-Friday a daily tweet will highlight each step on the discipleship cycle:

Monday’s Tweet will relate to #listening.
Tuesday’s Tweet will relate to #looking.
Wednesday’s Tweet will relate to #living.
Thursday’s Tweet will relate to #learning.
Friday’s Tweet will relate to #leading.

If you want to start getting into this rhythm I think signing up to @WeAreSeventyTwo will encourage you.

Nigel Coles

Nigel is Regional Team Leader of the West of England Baptist Association. He facilitates the life of the WEBA network team and oversees the missional strategy for the region. He also works to develop missional strategy over a wider geographical area with our partner Associations and Baptists Together. Nigel believes that when Jesus sent out seventy-two others, he meant everyone who was there, and this passion to help everyone find their way in the mission of God is what inspired the development of Seventy-two.