Growing as a Disciple of Christ

Growing as a Disciple of Christ

I was born in Japan and came to the United States at the age of seven. Japanese was my first language. I knew only two words in English when I arrived at LAX on that morning in May: banana (because I loved them) and no. It’s terrifying to consider what my life would be like today if my English vocabulary did not go through a growing process.

Christians go through a growing process. The Bible tells us that when a person becomes a Christian, a supernatural event occurs – that person is born again (John 3:7; 1 Peter 1:23). A person who is born again receives the gift of eternal life. In addition, that person will experience incomparable blessings in this world. 2 Corinthians 5:17 declares, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” From this auspicious God-empowered birth, the Christian person enters into a God-fueled, transformation process of growth (Ephesians 4:15-16; 1 Peter 2:2; 2 Corinthians 3:18). This process, being born again and experiencing transformational growth is what the Bible calls “disciple making” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Wintersburg is committed to making disciples, as our Lord Jesus Christ commanded us to do. For those of you who are thinking about the Christian faith and want to know more about it, our aim is to communicate with you in a way that you will understand. For those of you who are Christian, our aim is to help you grow as a faithful, fruitful, joyful disciple of Christ. Furthermore, we will not settle for merely telling you what to do in order to grow as a disciple of Christ. Instead, we will teach, model, and show you how to grow. This relational dynamic in the disciple-making process is a powerful way for you to grow.

On our website, we have structured this disciple-making process into the following elements. Updates will be posted onto this site throughout the year. These updates will contain teaching, how to get plugged into a relational dynamic, and FAQ that will answer basic questions about Christianity.

In Christ, Fred Tanizaki, Executive Pastor

I.  Connecting 101

    a. Who is:
        God – The Father
        God – Jesus Christ
        God – The Holy Spirit
    b. Who are angels?
    c. Who is mankind?
    d. Who are Satan and his followers?

II.  Connecting 102

    a. What’s the connection between the Bible and Christianity?
    b. What is sin?
    c. What happens when a person dies?
    d. What is the Gospel and why is it so important to Christianity?
    e. What does it mean to be converted to Christianity?
    f. What is prayer?
    g. What is the Church, and how does it fit into Christianity?
    h. What is the mission of the church?
    i. What is worship?
    j. What is Christian fellowship?
    k. What is biblical humility?

III.  Connecting 103

    a. How do I grow in my love for God?
    b. How do I have a consistent quiet time with God?
    c. How do I discover my spiritual gift(s)?
    d. How do I participate in the mission of the church?
    e. How do I discover God’s will for my life?
    f. How do I deal with the following things:
        1. Forgiving others
        2. Overcoming unhealthy habits
        3. Loneliness
        4. Worry and anxiety
        5. Loving people who are not lovable
    g. How do I become a godly parent?
    h. How do I contribute to a godly marriage?
    i. How do I share the Gospel to my family?
    j. How do I study the Bible for all its worth?

IV.  Connecting 104

    a. Why is it important to become a member of the church?
    b. Why is joining a small group important for my growth as a disciple?
    c. Why is joining a discipleship group important for my growth as a disciple?
    d. Why is participating in the corporate worship service on Sunday mornings on a
       consistent basis important for my growth as a disciple?
    e. Why is serving in the church important for my growth as a disciple?
    f. Why is participating in the mission of the church important for my growth as a disciple?

V.  Connecting 105

    a. Where do I connect with disciple making for children?
        Sue Masamitsu, Director of Children’s Ministries

    b. Where do I connect with disciple making for middle & high school?
        Ryan Teramoto, Director of Youth Ministries

    c. Where do I connect with disciple making for college?
        Kevin Yamabe

    d. Where do I connect with disciple making for adults?
        Pastor Fred Tanizaki

    e. Where do I connect with disciple making for Japanese speaking?
        Keith Ikeda sensei

    f. Where do I connect with disciple making for music and worship ministries?
        Mike Uyeda, Director of Worship and Music

WIND Ministry Adult Sunday School

WIND Ministry

Adult Sunday School Classes meets from 9:15am-10:10am on Sunday mornings. WIND stands for: Wintersburg Institute for Nurturing Disciples. The WIND Ministry has been going on for over 15 years now, and have been helping our congregation learn about the Bible, grow in their faith, and become stronger disciples of Him. Our WIND classes are on hiatus until the late Summer while our Discipleship groups meet. We will post information about classes then.

THE BRIDGE – For Those Who Want to Learn More about God and Christianity

The Bridge

Every First Sunday of the Month at 10:20am in the Social Hall, we offer a friendly and encouraging new ministry for those who are interested in knowing God and discovering the truths of Christianity. There will be glorifying music, talks on how to know God, practical keys to leading meaningful lives with less stress, and much more.  Feel free to invite your friends. You'll be glad you joined us.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Pastor Fred at

Discipleship Ministry

The Discipleship Ministry is a seasonal meeting of groups of 3 or 4 on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15. The purpose is to encourage one another, pray, discuss the week’s devotionals, and fellowship together in the Lord. During the week, you will enjoy daily devotionals that are designed to help you in your adoration and enjoyment of God. The Discipleship Ministry groups are currently meeting now until the middle of summer.

Discipleship Ministry

The PURPOSE of the Discipleship Ministry is to nurture and develop disciples of Jesus Christ toward a greater love and enjoyment God.

The Discipleship Ministry is MODELED after JESUS’ Method of making disciples.

The Discipleship TRIO/QUAD is VITAL to a flourishing faith and a KEY component in the life of a growing disciple.

Although Jesus ministered to the crowd, the church assembly, and the twelve disciples, He also met regularly with a smaller, more intimate group of three and four of His disciples.

For more information about Discipleship Groups, please contact Pastor Fred at

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another…” – Hebrew 10:24

Wintersburg Library

Our Library’s goal is to provide a useful and organized selection of books and digital materials that are easily accessible and that meet the needs of the congregation.

We hope that by providing resources that support and expand instruction for youth and adults, our congregation will grow spiritually as well as enjoy Christian literature.

Wintersburg Library

Our collection has a variety of books and DVDs for adults and children to borrow. Materials on Bible commentaries, devotionals, parenting, Christian living, Christian theology, prayer, and grief support are a few examples of subjects included in the library.

Materials available in the library are listed by author, title, and subject in a red notebook located in the library. Items may be borrowed for up to a month by using the self-check-out system.

The library is located in the end of the Administration Building closest to the Sanctuary.

Bible Study Tools Online

Small Groups

As the size of our church grows, it gets difficult to truly get to know each other, support one another and encourage each other intimately and deeply. It is revealing to know what the Apostles did at the development of the church. Acts 2:46 says, “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.” Many of them opened up their homes for gatherings of the believers.

We have a number of small group Bible studies already in our church and some in church members’ homes. The neighborhood Bible study & fellowship groups are called “growth groups,” and they include four elements in each meeting: worship, teaching, sharing and prayer, and fellowship. They are intended to grow by enhancing personal spiritual maturity, building interpersonal relationships and becoming highly visitor/seeker friendly.

For information about Small Groups, click here.