Welcome to Disciple Dojo!
First of all…what’s up with the name “Disciple Dojo”??
Great question! The place where you go to study and train in martial arts is a Dojo. And growing in Christian Discipleship is similar to martial arts training (if you don’t believe me, just ask Paul–he says so himself in 1Cor. 9:26-27!). We have a Sensei (teacher): Jesus. We have a katana (sword): Scripture. Disciple Dojo was founded to be something of a theological dojo–where students of the Master can be sharpened, challenged, equipped and encouraged as they continue to become more and more like the One they serve…minus the scrapes and bruises! (For a more detailed look at Disciple Dojo’s doctrinal beliefs, click here.)
Disciple Dojo exists to engage the culture…
…equip the Church…
…and empower kids in the Charlotte community.
So who is this JM guy and what are his credentials?
James-Michael Smith (M.Div, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is a Bible teacher, speaker, blogger and author. He has taught seminars and short-term courses in Biblical Studies, Christian Thought and Theology in local churches and ministries around the world since 2004.
In addition to writing and teaching, JM is also an artist (AFA, Reinhardt College; BFA, University of Georgia) and lifelong martial artist (Brown Belt, Renzo Gracie Charlotte; 2nd Degree Black Belt, Leadership Martial Arts) who uses both areas of passion to help support the ministry as well as to encourage and equip others who share an interest in the arts, whether visual or martial!
James-Michael is the kind of bible scholar I like: solid in his evangelical commitments and yet willing to challenge some evangelical pre-suppositions. We need more like him as biblical scholarship moves ahead into the 21st Century.
Talbot Davis – Senior Pastor, Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
Standing on a firm theological foundation, JM is able to clearly communicate the timeless truths of the Christian Faith in a way any listener can understand and appreciate.
David Hickman – Author, Closer Than Close – www.davehickman.org
Disciple Dojo is 501c3 Nonprofit Organization based in Charlotte, North Carolina. As such, all donations are tax-deductible. To donate online, click the button below:
Those interested in supporting Discple Dojo via check or money order can send donations to:
Attn: Finance Director
13623 Christian Tyler Ct.
Charlotte, NC 28278
Checks should be made out to “Disciple Dojo” and include either “General Funding“, “Ministry” or “RefugeeJitsu” in the memo line, depending on which aspect of the Dojo one prefers their gift be used for.