You know those negative attitudes, thoughts, beliefs, or feelings that will not go away? Or, how about those destructive habits and behaviors that seem impossible to overcome? Finally, what about those circumstances and relationships that leave you feeling trapped, powerless, or out of control?
For me, this was a deep-rooted bitterness toward my dad, an inability to share my feelings, and a 20-year addiction to pornography. My wife, Lacey, struggled with a fear that fed her explosive anger producing a need to control people and circumstances.
Cultivate was inspired by our journey toward freedom.
In 2014, after nearly eight years on staff at a church in Alaska, our family became full-time missionaries in Homer, Alaska serving at Alaska Bible Institute. While there, we developed and taught the Christian Living Course. During this time, we saw students set free from life-long bitterness, students reunited with estranged family members, and freedom from childhood traumatic experiences. It is out of this life-changing experience that a vision was born to see the material and tools used in churches as a disciple-making curriculum. In 2017 we moved to Texas to launch Cultivate — a ministry focused on inspiring life-giving discipleship.
We produce life-giving disciple-makers by equipping and encouraging Christians to live free of negative attitudes, thoughts, beliefs, and feelings. This empowers them to develop Spirit-led habits and behaviors for every relationship and circumstance.
We want to see every Christian be a life-giving disciple-maker of Jesus.
Our desire is that through life-giving Christians, the world would be able to experience God’s transforming love.
We believe a Christian’s story of real practical freedom with their new life-giving habits is the most powerful disciple-making tool they have.
We believe a Christian’s understanding of their identity in Christ directly corresponds to their ability to be a life-giving disciple-maker of Jesus.
We believe a Christian’s freedom can be encouraged through the unique experience of other mature life-giving disciple-maker of Jesus.
We believe a Christian’s ability to be a life-giving disciple of Jesus is enhanced through purposeful Spirit-led, Bible-based tools.
OUR DOCTRINAL STATEMENT
We believe in:
- One God, the Father Almighty, creator of Heaven and Earth (of all things visible and invisible).
We believe in:
- Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God (Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father), our Lord (by whom all things were made).
- Conceived by the Holy Spirit (who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit, was made man), he was born of the virgin, Mary.
- He suffered (crucified for us) under Pontius Pilate, and was crucified, dead, and buried.
- He descended into hell (to the dead) and on the third day He rose from the dead (according to Scripture).
- He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. He will come (with glory) to judge the living and the dead (whose kingdom shall have no end).
We believe in:
- The Holy Spirit (the Lord and Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets).
- The holy catholic2 (and Apostolic) Church.
- The communion of the saints.
- We affirm (one baptism for) the forgiveness (and remission) of sins.
- The resurrection of the body.
- And the life everlasting (in the world to come).
1 E.g., The Apostles' and Nicene Creeds. The Apostles' creed is so not because it was produced by the apostles themselves but because it contains a brief summary of their teachings. It sets forth their doctrine "in sublime simplicity, in unsurpassable brevity, in beautiful order, and with liturgical solemnity." In its present form it is dated no later than the fourth century. More than any other Christian creed, it may justly be called an ecumenical symbol of faith. The Nicene Creed, also called the Nicaeno-Constantinopolitan Creed, is a statement of the orthodox faith of the early Christian church in opposition to certain heresies, especially Arianism. These heresies, which disturbed the church during the fourth century, concerned the doctrine of the trinity and of the person of Christ. Both the Greek (Eastern) and the Latin (Western) church held this creed in honor, though with one important difference: the Western church insisted on the inclusion of the phrase "and the Son" (known as the "filioque") in the article on the procession of the Holy Spirit; this phrase still is repudiated by the Eastern Orthodox church. In its present form this creed goes back partially to the Council of Nicea (A.D. 325) with additions by the Council of Constantinople (A.D. 381). It was accepted in its present form at the Council of Chalcedon in 451, but the "filioque" phrase was not added until 589. However, the creed is in substance an accurate and majestic formulation of the Nicene faith.
2 That is, the true Christian church — the body of Christ — of all times and places.