T1: What Jesus Envisioned
T2: Defining Discipleship
- What's your initial reaction to this topic?
- 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.
- Have you ever seen a discipleship culture at work in a church or ministry? If so, describe it.
- “A small group is just one important part of the broader discipleship structure in your church.” Explain this statement. Do you agree?
- Do you think it’s worth the effort to create a discipleship culture in your church? Explain.
- Is there a step you need to take based on today's topic?
T3: The Environments
- 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
More Big Picture
- Launching a Mentor-Based Youth Ministry
- Envisioning a New Kind of Church
- Making the Handoff
- Establish Biblical Foundations
- Why We Should Track Discipleship Milestones
- Strategic Priority for Pastors
- The Difference between Outward-facing and Inward-facing Frameworks
- How to Create a Warm Church That Makes Disciples
- Youth Leaders: Make Disciples Who Make Disciples
- What You Need to Stop Doing to Make More Disciples
- The Flywheel for a Discipleship Culture
- Setting Up Your Church Org Chart
- When the Institution Competes with the Mission
- How to Kick Off Mentoring at Your Church
- Is Your Small Group Really Winning?
- Eliminating Sideways Energy
- Small Group Ground Rules
- Things to Remember as Your Small Group Moves Forward
- 3 Important Points for All Christian Small Groups
- Buying In to the System
- Start Up Disciple-making for Small Churches
- Using the 101 Report to Track Disciple-Making
- Developing People in Small Groups
- How to Run a PG Small Group
- How to Avoid Small Group Leader Burnout
- The Environments for Disciple-making
- Leveraging Ministry Teams for Disciple-making
- Equip Believers to Minister
- Empower Disciples to Make Disciples
- What is Discipleship?
- Five Point Clarity for a PursueGOD Church
- The Church Jesus Envisioned
- People Want a Pastor
- Training Leaders Like Jesus Did
- What Is a Discipleship Culture?
- Other Believers Help Us Honor God
- What Is Team Mentoring?
- From Doer to Equipper
- 4-Corner Leadership at Church
- How to Win “Full Circle” at Church
T4: 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.
T5: Making a Handoff
- 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.
T6: Next Steps
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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.