FIVE EASY STEPS TO IMPLEMENT BECOMING A DISCIPLE-MAKER AT YOUR CHURCH
Order a Becoming A Disciple-Maker Church Starter Pack on-line. These materials are designed for high school students through senior adults.
STEP 2: SELECT AND PERSONALLY ENLIST THE MORE MATURE BELIEVERS OF YOUR CONGREGATION TO ATTEND THE 12 WEEK BECOMING A DISCIPLE-MAKER SMALL GROUP COURSE SO THEY CAN BECOME TRAINED DISCIPLE-MAKERS.
When they complete the course, they will be equipped to personally care for each new believer and member that enters your church on a one-to-one basis.
(Remember, the Becoming A Disciple-Maker small group course is only for your existing church members to become equipped disciple-makers – it is not for new believers and members.)
To aid with enlistment, we suggest that you give an inexpensive Becoming A Disciple-Maker Introduction Booklet (a sample pack of 10 is in your Church Starter Pack) to each prospective student so they can read and pray about joining the Becoming A Disciple-Maker small group course.
STEP 3: ENLIST ADDITIONAL MEMBERS FOR THE SMALL GROUP COURSE BY SHOWING THE INSPIRATIONAL VIDEOS (Youtube/DVD).
After you have personally invited and enlisted the more mature believers of your congregation to attend the Becoming A Disciple-Maker small group course, open the invitation to your entire congregation by showing one or more video segments during your worship service(s) or Wednesday night meeting. These video segments are included in your Church Starter Pack on DVD and are also available on Youtube.
“Why Make Disciples?” – Part One – 38 minutes – Watch on Youtube
“Why Make Disciples?” – Part Two – 48 minutes – Watch on Youtube
At the conclusion of the DVD, challenge your entire congregation to attend the Becoming A Disciple-Maker small group course by asking for a raise of hands and handing them a Small Group Participation Form. (Small Group Participation Forms are included in your Church Starter Pack.) You can purchase additional forms from the web or your materials distributor.
After you have determined the number of people who will be attending the Becoming A Disciple-Maker small group course(s), order a Becoming A Disciple-Maker Student Pack for each of them and enlist a small group leader for each 10 participants. (For example, if 20 small group participants respond, you would enlist two small group leaders to lead the courses – preferably on different days of the week and order 20 Becoming A Disciple-Maker Student’s Packs and 2 Becoming A Disciple-Maker Leader’s Packs.)
Who pays for the materials?
Many churches ask their small group participants to pay for their disciple-making materials. Other churches subsidize their materials. Still, others provide them for their selected trainees at no cost.
After your materials have arrived, gather your small group leaders together and view the How to Lead the Becoming A Disciple-Maker Small Group Course which is included in your Starter Pack on DVD and available on Youtube here. After your small group leaders have been equipped, select the days the course will be offered and then contact the students, letting them know their options for attending the course.
After they complete Becoming A Disciple-Maker, you will have a group of trained disciple-makers ready to personally befriend and equip each new believer and member with the needed ministry skills to enjoy a lifetime of spiritual growth and evangelistic multiplication.
It’s very important that you select a Coordinator to oversee the disciple-making process of your church. Prayerfully ask yourself, “In our congregation, who has the heart for evangelism, genuinely cares about people, is respected, and will commit the time to oversee the ministry?” The two main roles of the Coordinator are to assign each new believer and member to a trained Disciple-Maker and track their progress using the Discipler Tracking System, (software undergoing update). Larger churches will need several Coordinators for different age groups. It is best to have male Coordinators oversee male teams and female Coordinators oversee female teams. Husband and wife Coordinators work will.
When a new believer or new member enters your church, he or she customarily fills out a Decision Form (available at our on-line store) which is then given to the Coordinator. The new member is then asked if they would like to participate in a one-to-one friendship process with one of your trained disciple-makers entitled A Call to Joy (seven one-to-one sessions).
Example: (Name) we are so happy about your decision. We have a friendship process at our church entitled A Call to Joy. If you like, we can pair you with a friend who will:
• Help you get acquainted with other members at the church
• Answer any questions you might have
• Pray with you, and
• Help you develop spiritual growth skills
If the answer is “Yes,” the Coordinator contacts a trained Disciple-Maker and pairs them together using the Disciple Tracking System Tab at this website, (software undergoing update). Often, these assignments are made based upon the new member’s age, special needs, spiritual history, the neighborhood where they live, or the Bible Study class they attend.
The Disciple-Maker immediately contacts the new member and they schedule when and where they will meet together weekly. These fellowship/training sessions usually include coffee, desert, or a meal at a local restaurant, home, or another mutually convenient location. The Disciple-Maker and new believer or member (referred to as a Timothy) meet once per week for 7 weeks (about 1 ½ hours per session) to develop a friendship and learn spiritual growth skills. After completing A Call to Joy, they can continue completing the eleven one-to-one sessions in A Call to Growth.
The Disciple-Maker will receive an e-mail each Monday, (software undergoing update), prompting him or her to communicate the session they have most recently completed. These communications will enable the Coordinator to track the progress of each discipling team. The church’s assignment process needs to be consistent and have the prayerful oversight of a highly dedicated church or staff member. May the Lord give your church faithful men and women to serve a His Disciple-Makers!
To order a “Becoming A Disciple-Maker Church Starter Pack.”
Topics covered in A Call to Joy include:
• Receiving assurance of salvation
• The importance of being involved in a local church
• The importance of being involved in a group Bible study
• How to have a meaningful daily quiet time
• How to take sermon notes to increase retention
and grow spiritually
• How to find insights from the Word of God and apply them to daily life
• How to memorize Scripture
• How to meditate on the Word of God
• An overview of the five aspects of prayer: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Intercession, and Petition
• The importance of Christian character
• Dependence upon the Holy Spirit for strength to live the Christian life
• The ministry of the Holy Spirit
• Time management
• Ministering to others
• Making wise decisions
• Avoiding “dry spells”
• Growth comes slowly
• Guarding your thoughts
• Putting others first
• How to give an evangelistic booklet to a non-Christian
• How to share the Gospel with family members
• The purpose of disciple-making
• Dealing with doubts
• Dealing with legitimate and non-legitimate guilt
• Having “ears to hear” with a will to obey God
• If salvation is a gift from God, what is my responsibility?
• What happens if I sin?
• How can I start serving God in small ways?
• How do I deal with temptation?
• What pitfalls should I look out for?
• Becoming light in the darkness
• Becoming a thankful Christian
• The depths of God’s love for us
• The difference between relationship
and fellowship with God
• There are no “secret disciples”
• Maturing in Christ is a long-term process
• The importance of getting enough rest
• The importance of nourishment from the Word of God
• Reverence for the Word of God
• Discipline for the purpose of godliness
Topics covered in A Call to Growth include:
• God’s passion for the lost
• Our privilege to share the gospel
• Evangelism flows out of a godly life
• Waiting upon direction from the Holy Spirit when witnessing
• Sharing an evangelistic “Word of Truth”
• How to develop and share your personal testimony
• Presenting the “Bridge Illustration” from memory using the Scriptures
• “Initiative” evangelism and “relational” evangelism
• Carrying out an evangelistic spiritual application project
• Dealing with temptation
• Humility is a choice
• Planning ahead for victory
• Responsible Speech
• Loving Patience
• Whole-Hearted Commitment
• Putting and Keeping Christ first
• An in-depth study of the five aspects of prayer: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Intercession, and Petition
• Promises for those who pray
• Conditions for answered prayer
• Persistency in prayer
• Praying for the lost
• Praying for the sick
• Confession and Repentance
• Jesus the Intercessor
• Prerequisites for effective prayer
• When healing is God’s will
• When healing is not God’s will
• The Father’s Love
• The Father’s Protection
• The Father’s Provision
• The Father’s Training
• The Holy Spirit’s role:
Throughout your life
• The importance of God’s Word
• The authority of the Scriptures
• How God’s Word came to us
• The reliability of the Scriptures
• Functions of the local church
• Giving with a worshipful, joyful heart
“Other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times.”