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I subscribe to a blog written by Bobby Herrington, Executive Director of Discipleship.org, a well-respected national platform, conference and ministry that advocates a personal and relational style of discipleship. Recently, he described five best practices he has seen disciple-making churches use. He states:
I saw this demonstrated three weeks ago in a training event just east of Denton County, at a First Baptist Church. Fifty people, from teens to senior adults, gathered for a three-day intensive training on evangelism, discipleship, church planting and leader development.
Folks shared how, starting two years ago, their church began systematically going door-to-door through the nineteen elementary residential zones in their school district, sharing Jesus with residents using the three-circles evangelism tool. They depend on prayer and the Holy Spirit’s guidance in going out every week and talking with those they encounter.
They gather those God has touched into groups on their church campus each Sunday for short-term discipleship from God’s Word, using a process simple enough for anyone to use when sharing with those in their own circles of influence.
Their short-term discipleship process is also used in on-going discipleship, and it emphasizes small group worship, loving accountability, a simple inductive approach to Scripture and obedience to what God shares with each participant. A few of the church’s on-going Sunday School classes are now using this process.
I found it quite interesting that the only “high-tech” items present in the training were a microphone and speakers. Information was hand-written on white boards and butcher paper, while participants took notes using notepads.
The two questions that drove the training were:
They are taking their own geographic area and sub-dividing it into systematic portions. They also agree that the driving force is not a methodology, but a vibrant abiding with the Father as they go out, and they have come to realize that Jesus’ terms of discipleship have not changed since He walked throughout Judea and Galilee.
I look forward to learning more …