This is Lesson 4 of 4 in the Creating a Discipleship Culture series.

A culture of discipleship starts with the buy-in of the first leaders. Discipleship goes viral when you start mentoring people on your personal mentor tree, modeling and releasing them to do the same in the future.

There is no shortcut to a discipleship culture.

The only way to create a discipleship culture is to start making disciples, one person at a time. You can’t preach mentoring; you have to mentor it.

[Related: Mentoring at Church]

If the key leaders don’t buy in, nobody will. 

Remember that the Pharisees were the bad guys of the New Testament. They didn’t have humble hearts. They saw themselves as “above” the regular people. Their movement is dead, and so will the Christian movement be if our leaders don’t humble themselves and adopt a reproducible strategy.

[Related: The Mentor Tree]

Everyone must take the “Plus One” Challenge.

Here’s the challenge: Find at least one person to mentor, one topic at a time, until they go “full circle” in their pursuit of God. Remember that it only takes two people to change the world – or the church. But it starts with one. The “Plus One” challenge is essentially what Paul issued to Timothy:

2 Timothy 2:2 …and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

The “Plus One” Challenge is all about empowerment. Jesus empowered his disciples. They empowered the next generation, who empowered the next generation. Every mature Christian accepted the responsibility and privilege of personally making disciples, and those Christians sustained the movement.

It’s not too late to reestablish a discipleship culture in your church or ministry. But it starts with you.

[Related: Empowering Mentors to the Nth Generation]

Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. On a scale of 1-10, how complicated is the concept of disciple-making right now in your church? How many people are doing it effectively?
  3. Do you think a discipleship culture can catch on in your church or ministry if you don’t personally commit to mentoring? Defend your answer.
  4. Read 2 Timothy 2:2. How many generations of disciples are referenced in this verse?
  5. Name 3-5 groups or individuals that you can start mentoring right now. What topics will you cover to start with?
  6. Who do you think should be mentored in the second generation of your mentoring tree? Who will do the mentoring?
  7. Ready to start mentoring and helping others do it as well? Check out our Mentoring Start Page.

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