Discipling others is one of my favourite things. I have discipled men, women, children and teens. Each person is unique and one of a kind, uniquely created. Below are some helps that I love to use...
To me, Disciplemaking is a lifestyle of intentional spiritual friendships following Jesus.
…It is doing life together ...walking out a journey together. Each journey is different just like each person is different! Jesus spent most of his time with 12 men and a few women. That’s it. He was not about huge numbers.
I’m all about organic lifestyle disciple making and I love intergenerational relationships especially. (Titus 2 is a favourite passage of mine.)
(I know we love our programs, but programs are only launch pads for intentional relationships. Programs can fall short… If we spend years doing a program and no fruit comes out of it, it’s time to throw out the ‘sacred cow’ program and start from scratch…!)
Listen to the Holy Spirit for the next appointment.
It’s way more fun and fruitful to go back to the Coach (Holy Spirit) for the next play!
How do I start?
Before I meet with someone or a group of people to disciple, I am in prayer asking the Holy Spirit to lead the conversation. Most often there simply needs to be intentional listening, asking open ended questions, and prayer together... pointing the person to Jesus!
(I’m always learning new things. Every person is different!)
Don’t rely on your own strength. God knows best what the person needs. Pray, pray, pray! Of course you’re going to make mistakes. You’re human. God redeems and turns our errors into victories!
What about Mentoring?
Mentoring is great. However, there can be limitations to mentoring. Mentoring is defined as putting something INTO a person. (I don't have all the answers but Jesus sure does!)
So, I prefer to aim for this...
Effective Disciplemaking or Coaching draws the Holy Spirit OUT!
I find that’s way more fun! I want to lead people to Jesus and hear His voice.
I may have something good to offer, but I love teaching people how to fish, rather than just feeding them my fish.
When we do intentional Bible deep diving, one of my favourite tools is the Discovery Bible Study - simply using God’s Word and letting Holy Spirit do the teaching!
Here are some free tools for you below:
Gather 2-3 friends to explore together, then multiply it!
DBS_Qs_simple.pdf - Super simple Qs that are powerful to ask.
DBS_Scriptures.pdf - Journey through the Scriptures
DBS_Scriptures.Topical.pdf - Topical journey through the Scriptures
The_DBS.nutshell.pdf - the DNA of a Discovery Bible Study
Handy DBS Bookmarks.pdf - helpful to use in your Bible as you lead.
There you go!
Just some basics.
Again… Just don’t rely on your own strength.
God knows best what the person needs.
Pray, pray, pray!
Point them to their Good Shepherd.
Make a request to move forward today!