“A disciple is a person who lives a full life of adventure.”

To kick off the #BeADisciple campaign, we want to first tackle the question of: What is a disciple? What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ? What does a life of discipleship look like?

Today, Joel Stepanek tells us that to be a disciple means to step out of our comfort zones – out of the boat, like Peter, and onto the water with Jesus.

What boat do you need to get out of to live the life of adventure to which the Lord is calling you?

Joel Stepanek
Joel Stepanek


Joel Stepanek has been actively and passionately involved in youth ministry for over 10 years. What began as a simple internship in a parish youth ministry office evolved into an incredible adventure that led him on numerous middle school lock ins, high school retreats, and ultimately to meet his wife, Colleen, who is a campus minister. Joel is the Director of Resource Development for Life Teen International where he creates engaging youth ministry resources for middle and high school students. He received his Master’s degree in religious education with an emphasis in youth and young adult ministry from Fordham University. Joel is an avid Packer fan, loves cooking, running, and spending time with his wife and son, Elijah Daniel.