WORKING WITH DISCIPLE MAKERS

The DISCIPLE MAKER is valuable to a spiritual community. They can help bear the discipleship load. There is a tendency to be inattentive to their spiritual needs, however, because of their maturity. The DISCIPLE MAKER needs encouragement, accountability, training, and refreshing.  For more tips for working with a DISCIPLE MAKER, click here.

Here is what a DISCIPLE MAKER might say…

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  1. LEARN HOW TO STAY CONSISTENT
  2. SPOT AND CELEBRATE GOOD FRUIT
  3. MASTER “ABIDING IN CHRIST”
  4. HELP OTHERS TO HELP OTHERS

If you’re a disciple maker and are looking to help yourself…

Please remember that discipleship is not a do-it-yourself project.  Find a mentor or a fellow disciple maker that will be able to go through this with you.

If you’re a disciple maker looking to help someone else… 

Either ask the person you’re working with to look at the list below and choose an area to work on or choose one for them.  

THINGS TO KNOW

THINGS TO FEEL

  • LOVE FOR SINNERS
  • EMBRACING MESSY LIVES
  • ENJOYING MODELING/TEACHING
  • DELIGHTING IN PRAYER
  • ENERGIZED BY FAITH
  • LIVING BY GRACE

THINGS TO DO

Use a MEET-UP GUIDE to help you organize your time no matter which topic you choose.  If you’re stuck as far as where to start, consider following a path like the one below.

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STEP BY STEP DISCIPLE MAKING

The Step By Step Disciple Making resource is formatted for mobile devices and introduces a philosophy of disciple making that centers around having a path for people to follow, allowing people to assess themselves, and providing a healthy process for growth.  If you have been using STAGES for a while, it will sound very familiar but it is good to let people work their way through some of the practical challenges of disciple making.

Paul Johnson also offers some great advice for new disciple makers in two simple worksheets.  Jesus as Disciplemaker Part 1 and Part 2.

THE BOOK OF ACTS

Reading the book of ACTS as a disciple maker is an eye opening experience.  We can start to look at ACTS as a manual for how the early church made and multiplied disciples.  Use this guide to help you tease out the lessons for disciple makers that ACTS provides.  Also check out these videos by The Bible Project for a good overview of the book.

4.1.1. TRAINING

4-1-1 Training was created by the #NoPlaceLeft crew and it is designed to answer 4 questions in 1 hour on 1 sheet of paper.  The questions are:

  1. Why make disciples?
  2. Who should we talk to?
  3. What should we share?
  4. When should we do it?

People may have been exposed to this training in previous stages.   It’s time for Disciple Makers to train others on how to answer these questions and then have those they’ve trained train others (the 2 Timothy 2:2 effect). There is also a 4-1-1 app and a video of the training.  that can be download that summarizes the training but without an immediate application time (going out and sharing) it is not as effective.

READING FOR GROWTH

At this point in a person’s journey, reading for growth addresses spiritual needs and interests and there are many options.  Please consider, however,  that what you study you tend to talk to your disciples and believers with.  If it is too complicated or too specific it may be difficult to share with those you are working with.  Try to find good “big picture” books that challenge you to go deeper in your theology, love for others, and how our faith is supposed to impact our world.  Here are some possibilities:

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GOOD FAITH by Lyons and Kinnaman explores how to be a Christian in a post christian society.  It combines research on how Christians are perceived  and guidance on how to remain faithful despite those perceptions.  Take a look at the preview video here.

 

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MUD AND THE MASTERPIECE: LEARNING FROM THE ENCOUNTERS OF JESUS by John Burke challenges us to see the image of God in everyone like Jesus did.

 

 

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CHRISTIAN BELIEFS: TWENTY BASICS EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD KNOW by Wayne Grudem is a condensation of some of his more expansive writings on theology.  It’s written for the layman that may never go to seminary.

 

 

STAGES is a disciple making pathway developed by Paul Johnson of the Canadian National Baptist Convention.

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