The healthiest churches have a discipleship (mentoring) culture where everyone is equipped and empowered to help people pursue God. Here’s what it looks like.
Everyone is “in the game”
People are actively owning their pursuit of God, going full circle by not only trusting Jesus and honoring God, but also mentoring a few people on a weekly basis – whether inside or outside of the church. Imagine walking up to just about anyone and asking, “Who are you mentoring?” – and you don’t get a weird look. Everyone knows what that means and they have a list of people they are actively mentoring. Imagine a pastoral team that is focused on equipping people to mentor, rather than feeling the burden of mentoring everyone in the church.
Everyone uses the same system
A mentoring culture doesn’t really go viral unless everyone is on the same page with the resources and the method. Imagine walking up to just about anyone and asking, “What topics are you covering?” – and the person has a clear answer. In a Pursue God church everyone knows and uses the FLEX method with the topics at pursueGOD.org as a baseline for their mentoring relationships.
Mentoring benefits every environment
Parents are equipped to raise God-honoring kids and teens, owning their responsibility with greater confidence. Small group leaders create more vibrant environments because the tools offer flexibility and simplicity. Youth are released to start their own mentoring groups to impact younger students. Preachers are more clear and connected to regular people – and lay teachers are identified and released to preach. Everyone learns to be clear, concise, and compelling as they discover and share biblical truth through regular mentoring relationships.
Mentoring extends beyond the church walls
A mentoring culture drives evangelism in your church. Everyone is equipped to have life-changing conversations, and these conversations extend to co-workers, neighbors, and friends. Everyone in the church is equipped and encouraged to make disciples. Imagine people in your church discipling outsiders before they even make it on Sunday. This is the result of simple mentoring culture.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- How would you define a “healthy church”? Make a list.
- Try to articulate your current strategy for making disciples. Based on that strategy, how long will it take to create a discipleship culture in your church?
- How many people are actively discipling (or mentoring) others in your church? Are you satisfied with that number?
- What would a mentoring culture look like with kids, youth, worship, men’s/women’s, small groups, etc? How does this look similar/different to more traditional church structures?
- Give your church a grade on evangelism. What is the typical way for someone to come to faith at your church?
- Do you think the pursueGOD system can help your church? Why or why not?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.