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Creating a discipleship culture doesn't happen over night. You'll have to build your infrastructure in these four areas.
- Disciple-making happens in four main environments at church: the family, the small group, the ministry team, and one-on-one.
- Equip your parents to disciple their kids at home. Deuteronomy 6:6-7
- Leverage your small groups for disciple-making.
- Leverage your ministry teams for disciple-making.
- Every believer in your church can go make disciples. Matthew 28:19-20
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.
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Talk About It
- What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
- Why don’t many parents view themselves as pastors in the home? What have you tried to do in the past to encourage discipleship at home?
- Read Exodus 18:14-18. Pick out the words or phrases that describe the challenges of leading a growing organization. Why do you think Moses tried to do all of the work by himself?
- In what ways can small group leaders “pastor” their group? What are some of their limitations?
- What comes to mind when you think of the word “mentor”? Describe a mentoring relationship that you’ve experienced.
- List a few issues that would be more helpful to talk about with a mentor than with a small group.
- How would a handful of trustworthy marriage mentors impact your church? How would it impact your personal ministry schedule? Answer these questions for other areas of ministry in your church.
- Read 2 Timothy 2:2. Paul was prescribing a replicating mentoring ministry. Do you have one in your church? Do you want one? Why or why not?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.
This is part of the Pastoring 101 series.