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Disciple-Making Q & A
Disciple-making refers to a one-to-one biblical friendship in which a more mature Christian spends quality time with a new believer or member. This new Christian is shown how to grow spiritually by developing important spiritual growth skills such as, learning to feed themselves from the Word of God, prayer, developing their spiritual gifts, and sharing their faith with others. Discipleship refers to Christian education in general.
In the Bible, Jesus used the term, “born again” when referring to new believers in Christ (John 3:3). One of the reasons He used that term was that when a person receives Christ, they become a brand new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any person becomes a born again Christian, they have become a new creation. Their old life is gone - and their new life has begun!”
We would whole-heartedly agree that new-born physical babies require a lot of personal care to insure they mature and grow properly. New-born Christians, in a similar way, also need personal care. We would consider it a crime for someone to leave a new-born physical baby abandoned on a park bench to fend for themselves. But, for many years, the church has been guilty of committing a similar crime by leaving their new-born Christians on the park bench - hoping they grow and survive, hoping they learn to feed themselves from God’s Word, hoping they learn how to pray, hoping they find encouragement from others, and hoping they learn how to share their faith with others. Many times, these new Christians exit through the church’s “back door” and nobody notices. That’s why it’s so important for every church to have a group of specifically trained spiritual parents to personally care for each born-again believer on a one-to-one basis.
Yes, after Jesus Christ rose from the dead, He met His disciples in Galilee and said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19&20)
Jesus clearly revealed His deep personal concern about the special needs of new Christians when He asked, “Simon son of John, do you love me…?” When Simon Peter answered, “Yes, Lord” the Lord replied, “Tend My lambs” - using the term lambs, referring to new Christians, instead of sheep.
Paul the Apostle confirmed the importance of personal care when he wrote “We proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children.” (1 Thessalonians 2:7)
A disciple-making lifestyle was the very lifestyle of Jesus and each of his early disciples. We also see this modeled clearly in the life of Paul through his example and his words to Timothy... "What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also." (2 Timothy 2:2). We may rightly say that you, I, and all believers alive today only know Christ because a long line of disciple-makers ever since that first "generation" were faithful to the very essence of Christ's own Great Commission!
New Christians still share natural bridges with non-Christian family members, friends, and work associates. When these born-again believers are cared for and equipped, they can lead others to Christ and spiritual multiplication can occur.
“Other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” (Mark 4:8)
Studies show that if a new member does not establish a meaningful church friendship within the first six months of becoming a Christian, they are likely to exit through the church’s “back door.”
These two terms refer to the same concept.
Not at all. Small groups are great for teaching concepts and principles. Picture a simple three legged stool. All three legs are vitally important if the stool is to fulfill its purpose. The church also needs three legs to fulfill its purpose - Preaching, Teaching, and Training. Most churches have good preaching and good small group teaching, but completely lack the training or mentorship leg.
Training, or personal mentorship is vitally important if someone is to develop effective skills. Picture an airline pilot that has never been personally mentored or trained in an aircraft - they have only attended class. Would you want that person to pilot your aircraft? Paul emphasized both teaching and training when he said in Philippians 4:9, “All that you heard me say and all that you saw me do, put it into practice and the God of peace shall be with you.” In this verse, Paul refers to both teaching - “heard me say” and training - “saw me do.” Observation is an important part of disciple-making. An additional advantage of mentorship training is that the new believer is more likely to ask questions in a one-to-one setting compared to a small group setting.
Implementation - Becoming a Disciple-Maker
The detailed implementation steps are included in this web site, but here's a condensed simple three step version for implementation:
Step One: Personally enlist the more mature members of your church to attend the 12 session “Becoming A Disciple-Maker” small group course. This course trains existing church members to become mentors and spiritual parents for each new Christian that enters your church. During the course, each person will not only attend a small group, but practice working one-to-one with a teammate to prepare them for working with a new born-again Christian. Order a “Becoming A Disciple-Maker Student Pack” for each participant.
Step Two: Present the disciple-making vision to your church’s existing small group leaders and ask them to lead the 12 week course on “Becoming A Disciple-Maker.” Order a Leader’s Pack for each of your leaders, and ask them to watch the concise video equipping series for small group leaders - available here and on Youtube.
Step Three: Select a disciple-making Coordinator to pair new Christians with existing trained disciple-makers as they enter your church. Coordinators will track each team’s progress and oversee the disciple-making process.
Each disciple-maker must come to realize that the battle for spiritual multiplication is either won or lost based on the specific daily decision to pray for the opportunity to witness. This is perhaps the most important ministry discipline that you can model for a new believer. 1 Timothy 4:7 says “discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.” This is a daily decision that you alone can make! Reflect on the parable of the sower and the seed in Mark 4:1-20. Notice that there are four different soils representing man’s receptiveness to God’s Word. The first, second, and third soils do not produce fruit and multiply. However, the fourth soil not only grows, it produces a crop, and multiplies thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times.
Consider the third soil: What did the Lord say would keep it from growing and multiplying the seed? In Mark 4:18, He gives the answer. His spiritual diagnosis explains why so many Christian churches are in a state of mediocrity and spiritual decline. He said, “Others hear the Word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth, and the desires for other things come in and choke the Word, making it unfruitful.”
At this time on your Christian pilgrimage, you may be exactly where God wants you to be spiritually. But if not – are you prepared to admit it to yourself? Don’t settle for marginal commitment – the Lord wants something far better for you than mediocrity!
The Bible says, “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1&2) He wants to make you a self-disciplined, highly effective Christian! When you think about the fruit He wants to produce in your life; love... joy... peace... patience... kindness... goodness... faithfulness... gentleness... self-control, plus the joy of leading others to Christ, who would want anything less!
Please pause at this point – spend a few minutes in silent prayer asking the Lord to help you identify anything that is hindering your spiritual growth, and pray He will give you the faith and commitment required to remove it. Sometimes we can feel that mental agreement with the teaching of Scripture is equivalent with obedience. However, it is allowing God to apply His truth in our specific daily situations that makes the Christian faith personally rewarding. Too often, we stop at the point of simply understanding a concept, rather than pressing forward to personal application.
For many reasons, we tend to insulate ourselves from change. However, being transformed into Christ’s image is at the very heart of being His disciple, so you can expect positive changes as you spend quality time studying God’s Word with your teammate!
Through spiritual multiplication, you, your teammate, and your entire church can impact your city, state, and world for Christ! Remember to be consistent and put His plans first in your list of priorities. The Lord said, “But, seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
These next several months of training will not only prepare you to help new believers and members grow spiritually – you will be equipped for a lifetime of effective and rewarding personal ministry!
The combined teaching/training format is necessitated due to the recognition that many of today’s church members have not yet adequately developed their own personal spiritual growth skills. This is why life-to-life, peer practice is needed before effective discipleship training can begin in most churches. Ministry skills like the daily quiet time, Scripture memory, witnessing, and disciple-making all require time to develop.
A Call to Joy can be completed in only 7 sessions and A Call to Growth in 11 sessions, but that seldom happens. Due to legitimate conflicts, these 18 sessions normally require about 6 months. Since new members mature spiritually at different rates, no anticipated time is set for their graduation. Speed is not the important factor in disciple-making. However, spiritual multiplication does matter greatly. This is why each new member’s ministry of disciple-making should begin as soon as they receive their training. The biblical principle is, “as you freely receive, freely give.”
Yes. Simply order a Graduate Discipler’s Pack for them and explain how the Discipler’s Guides work.
Usually not more than 1 1/2 to 2 hours. However, this is based solely on each trainee’s spiritual needs. Remember, you are building a Christ-centered friendship, so resist the temptation to rush. Relax and prayerfully enjoy your weekly fellowship and study together! It’s helpful to have a flexible ending time.
It is difficult to overstate the importance of:
• Prayerfully selecting the right disciple-maker to equip a new church member
• Making these assignments as quickly as possible
• Maintaining the assignment process over the years
Implementation - Knowing God
The evangelistic Bible study lasts 4 weeks.
Why Should I Believe in God?
Why Should I Believe the Bible?
What is God Like?
How Do I Get to Heaven?
This study is designed to be hosted at each of your churches' small group leaders' homes. It can also be presented anywhere, for example, at a person's workplace etc.
Each small group leader invites 100 adjacent homes in their neighborhood.
If you live in a rural area, this may be a much lower number.
Order a "Knowing God" Starter Pack, and begin praying together for the lost in your community.
Sure, we're standing by happy help. You can talk with us by phone or email, here.
Plus, the author of the Knowing God study, IEA's Vice President, Randy Craig, is always delighted to assist. Feel free to give him a call at 760.583.6000, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ordering and Shipping
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Orders over $150 ship FREE anywhere around the world.
We are a non-profit ministry. We print books in such large quantities, that our printing costs are low. It is common practice for others to use this margin for profits, but we believe God has led us to use these margins to cover shipping for you, anywhere in the world, (over $150 order). Seeing the Great Commission fulfilled by the model that Jesus set - personal disciple-making - is our passion, not making a few dollars.
In many cases, yes. Contact us for the list of countries where we either have in-country partners for warehousing and shipping materials, (or in other cases, a neighboring country may stock materials and be able to ship to you).
"Blessed to be a blessing" - Genesis 12.
We believe that God has led us to price our materials based on the economic realities of each country - whether it be in countries such as the U.S., with relative economic blessing, or in many other countries who may face much deeper financial challenges.
Our ministry surveys the global economic landscape twice a year using GDP per capita data, as published by the World Bank and IMF, and sets prices based on the changing economic situations that our brothers and sisters face in each nation.
Sales in stronger economies, such as the U.S., allow us to price materials at almost unbelievable discounts for believers in countries where the economies are not so strong.
Because we print in such high quantities, even our U.S. prices are already quite low as compared to market standards, but again, because IEA is a nonprofit, we can take our margins from these sales, and use it to subsidize, in a sense, our sale prices in areas of need.
Again - "Blessed to be a blessing" - Genesis 12.
Our materials are available in print/digital in more than 25 languages. At this time, it is not feasible to stock all of them in our warehouse in Texas, and/or process all global orders via this website, and then ship to neighboring countries from the 30-40 countries where we have staff or volunteers. Each country's internal processes for stocking, shipping just have too many variables to allow one central ordering experience, and attempting to do so would only increase prices and complexity.
With this in mind, languages made available for purchase and shipping via this website are only those that we currently stock and sell in large quantities from our main warehouse in Texas.
- Chinese Simplified
- Chinese Traditional
Praise God! We welcome brothers and sisters to join our efforts. In a majority of languages we have partnerships with the largest Christian translation service in the world, but there is always a need for additional help. Reach out and contact us here.
Digital / App
No, it’s much more. It's an interactive chat-based experience, and one that is easy to use and quite familiar. You and your disciples or small group members may access our “books” on any device you choose, but these aren't just "books." Each point designed for discussion in the materials features interactive chat bubbles for you and your group members. (Think Facebook comments).
That said, you may also utilize the materials in "self-study/read-only" mode. Also included are other read-only resources such as The Spiritual Journal and “Steps to Peace with God.”
The “Becoming a Disciple-Maker” Interactive Digital Platform is a cloud-based app, accessible via log-in from any device you choose. Your discussion is always synced in the cloud to your account, so feel free to login from multiple devices – (just not at the same time).
Because we minister in some areas of the world where Christians face security challenges, and having an app installed on their devices could be dangerous, the first generation of the app is cloud-based in response to their requests. Later, we’ll publish an iOS and Android app, for users in non-restrictive countries who’d prefer a dedicated app.
Absolutely. Get started any time with 30 days of free trial access. After verifying your email address, please enjoy the following...
- One Chapter Previews of Each Book
- A Full Version of the Spiritual Journal
- A Full Version of Steps to Peace with God
Interactive course access however, (where you and your disciples and/or small group members can access complete books and interact with each via chat), is reserved for full/paid accounts.
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- If yes - then it's FREE. Forever. Yes, really.
- If not - it's priced at around a 25% discount from our print prices.
Try it FREE for 30 days and check it out!
General / Giving / About IEA
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