Learning Objectives

People don’t often become Christians in an instant. It’s a journey that takes steps. Learning to identify where people are in their spiritual journey is critical to inviting them to move toward Jesus. The Five Thresholds is a ministry framework that helps you engage with people at different points of their spiritual journey.

  • Understand why it's important to know where someone is spiritually

  • Learn how to discern where someone is spiritually using The Five Thresholds tool

Play Your Way

Engage with the material in your context!

  • ~45 minutes (self-paced)

    All your progress will be saved so you can resume where you left off.

  • Course Quicksheet (pdf)

    This is a quick summary of the material that you can use as a preview of the course or as a refresher once you’ve taken it.

  • Resource Toolbox

    See a list of the resources referenced in this course, all collected in one spot for your convenience.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1: The Path Toward Faith

    • Introduction

    • Before we begin . . .

  • 2

    Chapter 2: An Overview of The Five Thresholds

    • Lesson 1: Journey Toward Faith

    • Lesson 2: Reflecting on Your Own Journey

    • Lesson 3: Share Your Own Journey

  • 3

    Chapter 3: Understanding The Five Thresholds

    • Lesson 1: Being a Good Friend in Each Threshold

    • Lesson 2: Identifying Where Someone Is Spiritually (Quiz)

    • Lesson 3: Who Do You Know?

    • Lesson 4: Case Studies

  • 4


    • Closing Remarks

    • Before you go . . .

Resource Toolbox

All resources referenced from this course will be linked below for your convenience to view and download. Please use adapt these resources to what works for you in your ministry context.


Knowing Where Someone is Spiritually Quicksheet

(2-page pdf) 

.DOCX Version

Summary of the course in a quick, 2-page format, perfect for a quick review on the go!

Pray for Your Non-Christian Friends

(1-page fillable pdf) 

Pray for new faith for 2+ friends and for courage in taking opportunities to help them grow toward Jesus.


Inviting God into Shared Networks

(Ministry Library page) 

Network mapping is a great activity for individuals, but it is also a powerful exercise for small groups to communally explore what God is doing.

The Five Thresholds Overview

(Ministry Library page) 

This is the journey of how people tend to explore faith. Once we understand the process, we can be more helpful to friends moving through each threshold.

Coaching the Five Thresholds

(Ministry Library page)

Helping Others on The Journey to Faith.
6 Discipleship Cycles using The Five Thresholds

(8-page pdf)

Growing our awareness of how others have invested in us and how we can invest in others.