FAQ: Becoming a discipleme Church or Ministry.

discipleme is not a class or a study. discipleme is a life-on-life discipleship model. As a model and not a class; discipleme requires a completely different approach. If discipleme were a class one could expect to hand the teaching materials to the teacher, have him/her prepare by studying, and then teach (impart knowledge) to those who attend the class. There are many ‘discipleship’ oriented materials that do just that.

discipleme is different because it requires the Disciple-Maker (teacher) to live out the model with his/her disciples. discipleme cannot be taught in a class because it is lived out in daily life – the only real proving ground for loving obedience to Christ. As the Disciple-Maker walks out his faith with the disciple their relationship grows in transparency and intimacy. Bible knowledge is shared along the course of daily living and applied in moments that are practical and timely, moments that will have the most impact and memorability. discipleme requires Disciple-Makers to be living examples of what it means to walk with Jesus. In order to do this the Disciple-Maker must first be a disciple, specifically, a mature disciple. The statement below summarizes why the discipleme model was developed.

discipleme was developed to give the mature Christian Disciple-Maker a tool to help new or immature believers grow in their faith by walking with them daily and challenging them to bring the seven key areas of their lives into obedience to Christ.

As a result, discipleme wishes to partner with churches or ministries that are committed to one on one, life-on-life discipleship. Your church or ministry doesn’t have to be engaged in this type of discipleship for discipleme staff to work with you but we ask that the leadership be convinced that life-on-life discipleship is worth exploring. Once your church or ministry is committed to exploring life-on-life discipleship then discipleme staff will work with the leadership to set up training times for Disciple-Maker training. Below are some FAQ’s that will help you determine if the discipleme training is a good fit for your church or ministry.

  1. We have lots of soul-winners, how does that differ from a Disciple-Maker?
  2. What are the qualifications of a Disciple-Maker?
  3. Our church has great teaching, why do we need discipleme?
  4. Our church has small groups (home groups), how does discipleme fit?
  5. Does it matter how big our church is?
  6. How does my church prepare? (Pray, Identify Potential, Promote)
  7. What does it cost?
  8. How long is the training?
  9. What can we expect after the training is done?

Answers:

1. We have lots of soul-winners, how does that differ from a Disciple-Maker? A Disciple-Maker is often a soul-winner and only differs from one in that he/she determines to walk with the new or immature believer while they reach maturity in Christ. The Disciple-Maker is committed to walk in relationship with the new or immature believer for as long as the Lord allows.

2. What are the qualifications of a Disciple-Maker? A Disciple-Maker should be a mature Christian who is committed to investing his/her life to bring other believers to maturity in Christ. A Disciple-Maker does not have to possess a teaching gift. He/she simply has to be willing to share his/her Christian life experiences with a new or immature believer.

3. Our church has great teaching, why do we need discipleme? discipleme involves life-on-life accountability in the most practical areas of Christian obedience. Classes are often not designed for intimacy and accountability. discipleme allows mature Christians to apply classroom learning hand in hand with new and immature believers.

4. Our church has small groups (home groups), how does discipleme fit? Small (cell, or home) groups are often more intimate and personal but may lack the one to one attention of life-on-life discipleship. When Disciple-Makers are able to spend quality one-on-one or one-on-two time in practical life situations the disciple sees a mature believer’s relationship with Christ played out in front of him. The value of watching a mature believer relate to Jesus in everyday situations is tremendous.

5. Does it matter how big our church is? No!

6. How does my church prepare? (Pray, Identify Potential, Promote) Pray for God to raise up Disciple-Makers and to send new and immature Christians to you for discipleship. Identify potential mature Christians who will commit to becoming lifetime Disciple-Makers. Identify immature believers that long to walk with a mature Christian who will invest his/her life in them. Promote Disciple-Making as a Biblical mandate.

7. What does it cost? Our staff will travel to you to conduct Disciple-Maker training. Your church or ministry will be responsible for travel costs from the nearest discipleme office, training materials, and trainer fees.

1. Travel costs typically include airfare (unless within 100 miles (sometimes farther) of a discipleme office), lodging, and meals.

2. Training materials include the Disciple-Maker version of the discipleme workbook for each Disciple-Maker to be trained. The Disciple-Maker version is $15.00 per copy. Disciple versions will be needed once potential disciples are identified. The disciple version of the discipleme workbook is $13.00 per copy.

3. Trainer fees are as follows:

1-5 Disciple-Makers: $300.00

6-10 Disciple-Makers: $500.00

11+ Disciple-Makers: $750.00

8. How long is the training? Our training is done in 5-7 one hour sessions and typically takes a full day and half of a second day. A common scenario is to start on a Friday evening and end on a Saturday afternoon. Feel free to suggest a schedule that works for you.

9. What can we expect after the training is done? After Disciple-Makers are trained they will need to be matched with new disciples. discipleme will help your church or ministry identify these disciples. In some cases where discipleme has partnered with evangelistic outreaches in your area we can refer disciples to your church or ministry. Once matched with a disciple the Disciple-Maker can set up a regular schedule to meet with the disciple and begin a life-on-life relationship using the discipleme workbook as a guide.

discipleme staff will follow up regularly as your church or ministry becomes accustomed to making disciples. Staff is also available to answer questions for individual Disciple-Makers via email (or phone in some cases). Additional training for new Disciple-Makers is always available. Once your church or ministry has Disciple-Makers trained, active, and experienced they may then conduct Disciple-Maker trainings.

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