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T1: What Jesus Envisioned


Key Points:

  • In a culture of discipleship it’s the norm – not the exception – for people to be making disciples. Ephesians 4:12-13
  • A “disciple” is someone who goes “full circle” to trust Jesus, honor God, and make disciples.
  • “Disciple-making” happens through a series of conversations, and that’s what our tools empower you to do. Ephesians 4:15
Talk About It
  1. What's your initial reaction to this topic?
  2. What kind of culture does your church have right now? What about your specific ministry at church? Make a list of descriptive words or phrases.
  3. Have you ever seen a discipleship culture at work in a church or ministry? If so, describe it.
  4. “A small group is just one important part of the broader discipleship structure in your church.” Explain this statement. Do you agree?
  5. Do you think it’s worth the effort to create a discipleship culture in your church? Explain.
  6. Is there a step you need to take based on today's topic?


T3: The Environments

Key Points:

  • 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

Talk About It

  1. What’s your initial reaction to this topic?
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. In what ways can small group leaders “pastor” their group? What are some of their limitations?
  5. What comes to mind when you think of the word “mentor”? Describe a mentoring relationship that you’ve experienced.
  6. List a few issues that would be more helpful to talk about with a mentor than with a small group.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
T4: Keystone Habits

Keystone Habits:

  • Train: Bring leaders through a discipleship track and model conversational disciple-making. Consider using occasional workshops to make this happen.
  • Handoff: Use relationships and events to connect people who need a mentor with people who can mentor.
  • Follow up:  Make a habit of connecting to active mentors for encouragement and support. Consider creating a monthly or quarterly mentor meeting to make this happen.
Talk About It
  1. What’s your initial reaction to this topic?
  2. Make a list of the things you typically do each week as a pastor. Which of those things directly contribute to making disciple-makers? Explain.
  3. Have you ever tried training someone to become a disciple-maker? How did you do it? Did it produce the desired result?
  4. Consider the people in your church who would be willing to make disciples (if properly trained). How many of them would prefer a handoff? How many of them would prefer to find their own people to disciple?
  5. What might happen to your mentors if you trained and connected them but failed to follow up?
  6. Talk about a strategy for tracking your keystone habits every week.
T5: Making a Handoff

Key Points:

  • A handoff is when you connect someone who needs a mentor with someone who can mentor.
  • How to make a handoff:
    • Sell the idea to the person who needs help.
    • Prep the mentor by explaining the need.
    • Meet (with the mentor and mentee) and make the handoff.
      • Listen for the need.
      • Recommend a 101 series. (Find them on Start Pages.)
      • Ask for a commitment.
    • Follow up.
Talk About It
  1. What’s your initial reaction to this topic?
  2. How many people are you directly trying to lead right now? How is it working for you? On a scale of 1-10, how stressed are you as a pastor?
  3. On average, how many people do you connect with for pastoral care each week? In the long run, is it helping them? Give some specific examples.
  4. How would a handful of trustworthy mentors impact your church? How would it impact your personal ministry schedule? Answer these questions for other areas of ministry in your church.
  5. Do you think it would work to do the “handoff” as described above? Why or why not?
  6. Make a short list of people you would like to equip as mentors. Talk about a strategy to train them and connect them through handoffs.
T6: Next Steps

Key Steps:

  1. Take your key leaders through Pastoring 101.
  2. Take your group leaders through Small Groups 101.
  3. Take your ministry team leaders through the appropriate 101 series.
  4. Take everyone through Training 101.
  5. Take parents through Parenting 101 or Parenting 201.
Talk About It
  1. What’s your initial reaction to this topic?
  2. Do you think mentoring will work at your church? Why or why not?
  3. Which of the five steps above will be most impactful on your church? Explain.
  4. Take a look at the kids church curriculum at Do you think using this free curriculum would help spark disciple-making with your families? Explain.
  5. Take a look at the workshops and events on this website. Make plans to offer one or more of these options to your church this year.
  6. Take a look at the sermon series offered on this website. How would preaching one or more of these series help catalyze a discipleship culture at your church?
  7. Is there a step you need to take based on today’s topic?
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Training FAQ

Q. How does ministry training work?

Training tracks are designed to help you go "full circle" with a group or mentor over the course of 6 or more weeks. Just cover a topic every week with a group or mentor, watching the video ahead of time to prepare for the conversation. Connect in person or on the phone and use the discussion questions provided to learn together. The goal is to help you pursue God "full circle", which is our picture of discipleship:

Q. What is the structure of a training track?

Training tracks are divided into two sections. First you'll cover training topics specific to your area of ministry. Feel free to cover additional topics as needed. Then you'll cover "big picture" topics to learn about how your specific ministry fits in to the overall picture of discipleship at your church.

Q. What if we need more than 6 weeks?

Then take more time! We recommend covering additional topics at the end of any section as needed for your own pursuit of God. 

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