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Heart Study Discipleship Program


Our Heart Study devotional has been developed with the intention of guiding our seminary students through the depths of their own heart, and seeing them apply Scripture to every area of life.  The Study is based primarily upon John Henderson’s Christian Counseling resource Equipped to Counsel.  Beginning with a personal examination of their own lives, students then work through material addressing issues from the futility of man to addictions, anxiety, and love for one another.  We are committed to authentic life-on-life discipleship.

 Life-on-life discipleship is not sitting through a one-way lecture, but rather a multi-dimensional dialog.  It’s an intimate examination of our soul, heart, longings, security, strongholds, bondages, idols, and fears.   It includes each student, God, His Word, Christ, Holy Spirit, and fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.  Students should expect to be engaged in each of these dimensions during their year at The WEST Institute, and much of this comes through our Family Gatherings.  This is an integral component at the heart of our one year discipleship program.

At our weekly Family Gatherings students and their families meet for two hours for a time of breaking bread, fellowship, worship, and intense study of the heart.  As our students and their families gather, we begin with a meal and then spend time worshiping through music.  We then divide into groups of men and women to work through our Heart Study devotional.