We’re Ascend and we’re committed to investing in the next generation of disciplemakers.
At Ascend we believe all women are loveable, valuable and capable assets for the kingdom of God. We’re passionate about coming alongside young women to help them realize their worth in Christ and help them grow into godly women who will make a kingdom impact. Our small group discipleship model blends fun, adventure, and a curriculum that helps prepare young women for the challenges they will face as they transition into adulthood.
Ascend is a two-week discipleship program for young women. It is a ministry of Lincroft Bible Church and it flows from our commitment to see gospel-centered multiplication for generations to come. We believe that transformation happens in people’s lives through the power of the gospel and that it is most effectively applied in the context of relationships. Ascend is a discipleship program designed to build up and send out young women for lifelong devotion to Jesus.
Joelle Hayes | Program Director
One bold move could change the course of your entire life.
That happened for me when I was in college. I took a risk and participated in a discipleship program that radically impacted my relationship with Jesus and still reverberates in my life today. Participating in that program rocked me to the core. It exposed who I was, but it also revealed to me who I truly was and who I could become in Christ. Ever since that experience I have poured my life into others in obedience to Jesus’ call to make disciples.
Over the last 11 years I have worked closely alongside Pastor Dan to help lead the college age ministry at Lincroft Bible Church. My greatest passion is to see women mobilized for God’s mission and living out His call for their lives to make disciples. I have a heart for the church to be faithful to Jesus’ call, and I want to play my part and live in obedience to that call.
Participating in a catalytic discipleship program was powerfully formative in my life, and I want other young women to have the same opportunity that I had.
Vocationally, I work as a manager in a small company, and as a leader in the workforce I try to leverage my influence there to bear the image of God and make disciples. But, my greatest passion is for young women in the church to really know and follow hard after Jesus.
On a personal note, I love deep and important conversations, really good food (especially cheese), fun, and lifelong faithful friendships.
Meghan Gentile | Program Leader
My greatest desire is for a revitalization of the biblical vision for women discipling other women in the church. I want every young woman who is a follower of Jesus to know Jesus and grow into who He is calling them to be. I have had the privilege of people pouring into me to help me walk in my calling. That has changed every aspect of my relationship with Lord and my perspective on disciple making. I want other women to have the same opportunity for growth. Ascend is a way to catalyze that learning process in women throughout the church, as their first step in learning how to be discipled, to disciple.
One of my greatest passions is to see young people mobilized to make disciples among all nations. Jesus calling to make disciples takes place in a global context. I am pursuing that calling through a missions agency called Apex which seeks to mobilize college age men and women for world missions. As I stepped into my job of mobilizing college students to experience life overseas, more and more women began to share their personal desire to learn what it means to disciple, and be discipled. They know they cannot teach others to follow Jesus if they are not following themselves.. God is beginning to do powerful work in the hearts and minds of women to wake them up to His calling on us to be active in the church. I want to be a part of what God is doing for His church, for the world, and for the next generation.
It is such a blessing to me that Ascend is a ministry of my home church. We believe that true life long discipleship takes place through and from the local church. As we invite women in, invest in them, and send them out, we hope and believe that God can use the tools they’ve learned here for the glory of His name in whatever local context He calls them to; from New Jersey to the ends of the earth.
Discipleship is a long walk home to God. As disciples, we follow Jesus’ call and we journey together upward toward maturity in Christ. The Psalms of Ascent were the songs and prayers of the people of Israel as they journeyed upward from all over Israel to worship God in Jerusalem. Their journey was always described as “going up to Jerusalem.” Discipleship is a journey we make together in following Jesus from where we are to where He is taking us--all the way home to God. Ascend exists to come alongside you on that journey and prepare you for a life of devotion to Jesus and His mission.