Ready to roll out a discipleship culture in your ministry? Don't drop a bomb; spread it like a virus. Slowly roll out mentoring one wave at a time.

Talking Points:

  • Use the stock version of “The Pursuit” on your partner page to train up a first wave of disciple-makers, whether staff or key volunteers. Look for people who are teachable and willing to use the tool.  
  • Next, customize “The Pursuit” on your page if needed, getting feedback from your first wave to help contextualize it for your region.
  • Schedule and plan a training workshop and invite the “second wave” of mentors to attend. Try to include small group leaders, men, women, couples, and students. 
  • Once you’ve trained a large enough pipeline of mentors, you can begin making mentoring a part of your broader public ministry. Talk about mentoring from the pulpit and start planning events – all with the goal of creating handoffs.

Quote This:

Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

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Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the discipleship culture at your church? How interested are you in a change?
  3. Who are some of the “catalysts” who can help to create a discipleship culture in your church? Why do these people stand out to you?
  4. Are you willing to buy into the system at What are the things you’re most excited about? What are the things you’re most concerned about?
  5. Why is it important not to “put the horse before the cart” when it comes to talking about a mentoring culture from the pulpit?
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.