How to Start and Lead a Discipleship Program. This primer is intended to help you and your church to start, lead, develop, grow, and manage a mentoring or discipleship or shepherding program.
Discipleship Year Program General Info The Festival Center 1640 Columbia Road NW Washington, DC 20009 Phone: 202-328-1102 Fax: 202-328-7483 See map: Google Maps . How to Start and Lead a Discipleship Program. Discipleship Group or Bible Study Structure. If you are an established Bible study over an year. The Discipleship Year Program is a voluntary service program in Washington, D.C. supported by the Network of Church of the Saviour Faith Communities, which is Ecumenical.
The purpose of the Discipleship Year is to equip, encourage and empower you with solid foundations for life as a follower of Jesus. During the year you can expect to. Discipleship Year includes a community living component, service & justice work, and a chance to deepen participant's inward journey. The program lasts for 11 1/2. One Year Disciple Course. an advanced discipleship course. There is an extensive memory verse program built into the course.
This article can also be used to start and lead small group Bible studies too. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.
Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1: 8 This primer is intended to help you and your church to start, lead, develop, grow, and manage a mentoring or discipleship or shepherding program. This article can also be used to start and lead small group Bible studies too.
From smaller groups (4 to 1. Bible Studies (1. Bible studies and groups (1. Such as a "regular" discipleship group or Bible study will have less discussion and more teaching, whereas "small group" Bible study will have more discussion and less formal teaching. Metering is usually done one on one, and then larger studies have formal teaching and then break up into smaller discussion groups, while all are Bible centered with godly prepared teachers. So what can you start to do?
Realize that learning about our Lord and Savior from the study of the Bible is incredibly important and essential! They are the primary and best means for your church to disciple its people in God's precepts so your people can learn and grow in their walk with Christ. All Christians who are serious about their faith should be disciple and or be in a good Bible study or a small group that is studying the Bible.
Yet, most churches do not do this vital call! In the articles, Why should I be in a small group?
The Importance of Bible Study) we discussed the importance, impact and reasons why we should be in such groups. The same principles apply to discipleship; because the philosophy of small groups here at Into Thy Word is that they are Bible centered studies. The only difference is small groups have more discussion, and they are smaller for more intimacy, whereas Bible studies have discussion also, tend to be larger, and are more teaching centered. Now that we understand that discipleship is essential for the formation of our Christian faith, we must realize their importance and how they help give us the ability to transfer our learning into real, practical influence to others around us. It is as iron sharpens iron; this means we help one another to hone our faith and develop our character. We can listen to all the sermons, read all the best books, buy great CDs, and go to seminars- even seminary; but, unless we are learning, studying and challenging one another in the Word and faith, we will only have a shallow understanding of and impact on the Christian life.
Learning and Community breeds maturity and growth compared to individualism and selfishness which tends to breed pride and isolation. Do not get me wrong; we need to be in church under good teaching, we need to do our devotions individually, and be in personal prayer and study. But, to get the most out of our Christian learning so to impact our Christian living, we have to be learning and growing and working it out with others who are working it out; and that place is in Small Groups that are Bible centered and or larger Bible studies that have discussion groups and or opportunities for discussion (Phil. What Does My Church Need to Do?
Even though there is no set formula, there are a few "tried and true" ways Discipleship, Small Groups, Bible Studies and Mentoring can develop that will be more consistent and purpose- filled so they can be more impacting and rewarding for all those involved. Our primary spiritual growth comes from our personal devotional times. Our involvement in Small Groups and Bible studies helps us further our growth and be the "iron that sharpens" one another as each one in the group helps another grow in Him and apply our faith into the world! Make a commitment to develop a discipleship ministry.
All the tools you need are in this article, and the rest of the resources can be found in our Small Group channel and in the various pages on our website. You can see our article on how to start programs (How to Start, Develop, and Evaluate Programs). In addition: How to Start. Have a clear ministry vision of what you will be doing with a Bible study and communicate this to the leaders and congregation. This will explain what it is, what it means, its values and purpose, and its benefits. Then develop a structure and plan for it.
Put in lots of prayer! Who will be the leaders? Who will train the leaders?· What materials will you need?· How will they be organized?· When and where will the meeting (s) take place? What curriculum will be used?· What resources will be needed?· What will be the obstacles and potential problems and how will you address them? How will the leaders of the church communicate with the Bible studyleaders?· How will accountably be structured?· How will you deal with problems? How will you learn and be flexible to make changes? How will you evaluate it?
Then, seek how people will be encouraged and equipped, listen to input, and then make the adjustments. Then, go to the congregation with your passion and plan, and just do it! Marketing Bible studies to a Church That Thinks They Are Scary The people in your church, whether you have no Bible studiesandtwo Small Groups, have never had them, or half of the people are in them, need to be challenged and inspired to be Disciple or in Small Groups and Bible studies. You have to tell them why they need to be in one, that it is fun and easy, and help alleviate their fears. The pastor must share the passion, personally be in one, and give his testimony. Then, further help enable your church membership to get in one by modeling them through demonstration, skits, testimonies, and literature. Have a table in your church lobby staffed with the leaders to sign people up and answer questions.
Then, once the people are coming, continue the testimonies, share success stories, and honor the people with celebration and encouragement. The congregation also needs to know how pastoral care and counseling will be provided (know the limits of the Small Group; they can provide listening and encouragement but not resolve serious issues or do therapy unless the leader is licensed and trained!) Mentoring, Small Groups and Bible studies can unravel deep hurts and issues that have not been dealt with prior, so people need a place to go to be helped. Create Clear Leadership Responsibilities!
Have a plan to recruit and develop leaders. Make sure the leaders are growing in their walk, have a plan to deal with problems such as crisis, conflict, and abusive people, have regular meetings for prayer, evaluation, encouragement, and mentoring and apprentice development. These people do not need to be experienced, seminary trained or theologians, but willing and able to learn and grow themselves before asking others to do so. A Model to Equip Leaders The church is called to find the most capable people possible and protect the flock from potential harm. Never put just anyone in any position; it is better to have empty positions than the wrong people in them!
The essential key is for you to find people whose heart is after God's heart (1 Cor. It is always best to find people who have done it before, but this is not necessary, as long as you train effectively. The biggest reason why churches fail at discipleship and Small Group Bible study ministry is they fail to train the leaders; the result is the occurrence of all kinds of problems (Rom. Phil. 3: 1. 0- 1. Col. 1: 2. 8- 2. 9; 4: 7ff)! As church leaders come together to pray for wisdom on group dynamics and direction. If you are developing more than one discipleship group or Bible study, here are some helps: · Create your own Bible study training booklet; use this article, the article on why to be in Small Groups, and how to resolve conflict (Talking your Way out of Conflict and Agreeing to Disagree without Disunityand Preventing Conflict ).
You will then have your own manual. Make any needed changes and put your church name on it. Please keep our copyright info on it, too.) · Realize that since the dawn of the Church, finding leaders and workers has been a tough task.
Our call is to do it even when the results might seem like failure (Matt. Look for a person who is grounded in the Word, has a good temperament, an aptitude and desire to lead, and the willingness to be supervised. If he or she does not like supervision, consider that a red flag warning! Most of our Discipleship Tools curriculums and all of the Into Thy Word Bible Studies http: //www. Whereas when you develop your own Bible study then you or they are more active in their creation process, in either case below are some principles to help create a better "safer" Bible study where people can feel welcomed and loved that smoothes the progress for better learning and growth: Preparation.
How much time does it take to prepare? It depends on if you are using a prepared lesson like we have. If so, just a few hours or less, read the passage at least three times, then read the lesson and mark which points you want to cover, usually the general idea first, then do the questions and as questions from people come up, go over some of the word meanings to answer them. Then end with the application questions and then the closing thoughts.
Most people say they can use our Discipleship Tools curriculums and any Into Thy Word studies after a couple of hours of preparation. If you are using another prepared study guide such as one from Navigators, it may take you around an hour to read the passage and go over the study notes and questions. Why do ours take longer? Because they are more in- depth and comprehensive and we have 2 to 3 times more information than you would normally use. So you have to go over it to see what fits your people and study goals.
Discipleship | Heart & Mind Discipleship Program & Course. Heart & Mind Discipleship is a 1. Christ and to focus on growing in Christ. This program was produced with support from Alpha USA and Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and with input from pastors from a variety of denominations. Heart and Mind Discipleship is ideal for churches that are looking to start a discipleship program or for home groups who want to go to the next level after taking an Alpha Course or another introductory course. Heart and Mind Discipleship is taught by a variety of effective teachers and focuses on key themes each week.
For each weekly theme, participants in a group will read a 2,0. There are also suggested discussion questions for the group to consider after hearing the lecture. God’s Character & Personality (Stuart Mc. Alpine, CSLI Senior Fellow and Pastor)2) God’s Story of Redemption (Bill Kynes, CSLI Senior Fellow and Pastor )3) Understanding Salvation (Randy Newman, Cru and CSLI Teaching Fellow)4) God’s Plan for Our Growth (Joel Woodruff, Vice President of Discipleship and Outreach, CSLI)5) The Cost of Discipleship (Tom Tarrants, Vice President of Ministry, CSLI)Double session: 6a) Humility & Servanthood (Bill Kynes, CSLI Senior Fellow and Pastor)6b) Loving God & Neighbor (Frog Orr- Ewing, Chaplain and Missioner, Oxford Center for Christian Apologetics, Rector, Latimer Minster) 7) Authority of the Bible (Art Lindsley, Senior Fellow, CSLI)8) The Practice of Prayer (Amy Orr- Ewing, UK Director, RZIM)9) The Mission of the Church (Joel Woodruff, Vice President of Discipleship and Outreach, CSLI)1.
Sharing the Good News (Gerard Long, Executive Director, Alpha USA)We believe Heart and Mind Discipleship will be a powerful resource for many churches and home groups. Research consistently shows that Christians today are living lives largely indistinguishable from non- Christians. While people are hungering for the transformation that comes from believing in Christ and receiving the Holy Spirit, too many believers never experience that change. They often don’t fully understand issues of grace, humility, repentance, or even whether or not they can trust the Bible. This program will help each participant better understand their conversion and then understand how to grow in spiritual maturity and exercise their faith over the course of their lives.