2 How to be a Discipleship Training Small Group Leader ~TEAM Discipleship & Leader Development Seminar
3 Discipleship Small Group Dynamics & the Leader’s Role Session One
4 Four Quaker Questions + One At age seven where were you living and how many were in your household?At age seven what do you remember about your house and neighborhood?At age seven what was the center of warmth in your life (person, place, thing…)?When did God become more than a name to you?What do you think of when you hear the word “discipline”?
5 There is no instant godliness. Discipline is the key to spiritual maturity.
6 “ . . .train (discipline) yourself to be godly.” I Timothy 4:7 (Bible) (Training) (Holy Spirit) Revealed Truth + Discipline Obedience + The Power of God’s Spirit= Change & Growth & Maturity & Godliness
9 Life is meant to be shared Life is meant to be shared. Jesus ministered in the context of a small group of disciples. He could have chosen more, but smaller is better. He knew twelve is about the maximum size you can have in a small group if everyone is to participate. God had made an incredible promise about small groups of believers:
10 “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” Matthew 18:20 (NASB)
11 In real fellowship people experience authenticity In real fellowship people experience authenticity. It is only as we become open about our lives that we experience real fellowship. The Bible says:
12 “If we live in the light, as God is in the light, we can share fellowship with each other… If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves.” 1 John 1:7-8 (NCV)
13 The world thinks intimacy occurs in the dark, but God says it happens in the light. Darkness is used to hide our hurts, faults, fears, failures, and flaws. But in the light, we bring them all out into the open and admit who we really are. The Bible says:
14 “Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed.” James 5:16a (Msg)
15 In real fellowship people experience mutuality In real fellowship people experience mutuality. Mutuality is the art of giving and receiving. It’s depending on each other. The Bible says:
16 “The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part.” 1 Corinthians 12:25 (Msg)
17 Mutuality is the heart of fellowship: building reciprocal relationships, sharing responsibilities, and helping each other. Paul said:
18 “I want us to help each other with the faith we have “I want us to help each other with the faith we have. Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you.” Romans 1:12 (NCV)
19 All of us are more consistent in our faith when others walk with us and encourage us. The Bible commands mutual accountability, mutual encouragement, mutual serving, and mutual honoring. Over fifty times in the New Testament we are commanded to do different tasks to “one another” and “each other.” The Bible says:
20 “Make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification Romans 14:19 (NIV)
21 You are not responsible for everyone in the body of Christ, but you are responsible to them. God expects you to do whatever you can to help them.
22 People will remember . . . 10% of what they read 20% of what they hear 30% of what they see50% of what they see & hear70% of what they discuss with others80% of what they experience personally95% of what they teach to others
23 Specific Kind of Group Process-oriented Discipleship Focus: spiritual and social relationships of the membersDiscipleshipPrimary activity: to make mature, Christian disciples through high-commitment and accountability
27 DT Leader Qualifications &Small Group Life Stages Session Two
28 Is “discipline” a word that characterizes your Christian walk Is “discipline” a word that characterizes your Christian walk? If not, do you want it to be?Have you ever discipled a believer in Christ, placing them firmly on the path of spiritual growth? If not, would you like to?
30 Qualifications for Disciplers You must be a Christian living in a vital and dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ.Your spiritual gifts should include teaching or encouraging (exhorting). Pastoring is also acceptable.
31 Qualifications for Disciplers You must have completed at least one level of DT higher than the one you will be teaching.You must be committed to the life and growth of your home corps.You should attend a training session for disciplers.
32 Qualifications for Disciplers You must be willing to be accountable to the corps officer or lay leader in charge of DT in your corps. This includes a willingness to be receptive to constructive suggestions and evaluation of your classes by the program director and disciples who complete the class.
33 Qualifications for Disciplers You should maintain the same disciplines you are teaching disciples to observe (e.g. Quiet Time, Scripture memory, Bible study, etc.).You must love people and earnestly desire their growth and maturity in Jesus Christ.
36 D I C S Active Types Passive Types Task-Oriented Types People-Oriented TypesCSPassive Types
37 “D” Type - CHALLENGE Descriptive words: Responds to a leader who: DominantDecisiveDirectDemandingDisciplinedResponds to a leader who:Provides direct answersSticks to businessStresses goalsProvides pressureAllows freedom for personal accomplishmentEnvironment Needs:FreedomAuthorityVaried activitiesDifficult assignmentsOpportunity for advancementNeeds to Learn That:People are importantRelaxation is not a crimeSome controls are neededEveryone has a bossVerbalizing conclusions help people understand
38 “I” Type - RECOGNITION Descriptive words: Responds to a leader who: ImpressiveInducingInspiringInterested in peopleInfluencingResponds to a leader who:Is a democratic managerProvides social involvement outside of workProvides recognitionOffers incentive for risk-takingIs also an “I”Environment Needs:PrestigeFriendly relationshipsOpportunity to influenceOpportunity to inspireChance to verbalize ideasNeeds to Learn That:Time must be managedThere can be too much optimismDetails are importantHumility is a virtueNot EVERYONE has to be a friend.
39 “S” Type - SECURITY Descriptive words: Environment Needs: Sincere SteadyStableSecurity-orientedSensitiveResponds to a leader who:Is relaxed and amiableAllows time to adjust plansServes as a friend, gives personal supportAllows people to work at their own paceAnswers the “how” ?sEnvironment Needs:An area of specializationIdentification with a groupEstablished work patternsStability of situationConsistent familiar environmentNeeds to Learn That:“S” can also stand for “sucker”It is possible to say “NO”!!Change provides opportunityFriendship isn’t everythingDiscipline is good
40 “C” Type - QUALITY Descriptive words: Calculating Conservative CautiousCompetentCompliantResponds to a leader who:Provides reassuranceMaintains a supportive environmentProvides an “open-door” policyDefines concise, detailed standardsIs happy to answer questionsEnvironment Needs:Clearly defined tasksSufficient time & resourcesExplanationsTeam participationLimited risksNeeds to Learn That:Total support is not always necessaryThorough explanation is not always possibleDeadlines must be setSelf’s standards are higher than most
41 ActivityMark a “C” by those roles which you think will be challenging for youMark a “N” by those roles which you think will come more naturally to youDo they correspond with your personality assessment?
42 “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete. . .”Colossians 2:9-10 (NASB)
43 Small Group Life Stages CovenantingAffirmingCelebrating
47 Implementing DT in Your Corps Corps Officer approvalDiscipleship Training FormatLeadership Team StructurePulpit SupportPastoral LetterSing-up DeadlineInformation SessionGroup SizeSocial Events & Graduations
48 Ins & Outs of DT Material AttendanceScripture MemorizationPrayer PartnersAccountability LogsBible Study
51 Hebrews 12:1-2 (NRSV)“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perserverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.”
52 Hebrews 12:3 (NRSV)“Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or loose heart.”
53 Positives & Negatives Exercised 3 times QT is 15 – 30 min. Day 2-4,6 are goodGood question at bottomReads at least 1 chapter per dayLearning theme about loving his co-workersDidn’t memorize ScriptureOnly 10 min. on Day 4Day 4 is all emotion, no connection to the passageDay 7 is all summary, no application
55 Sample ClassDiscipler hands back Accountability Logs from previous weekSharing, Prayer Requests, Praises (25)Teaching & Discussion (30)Prayer Partners – Recitation of memory verses (5)Disciples hand in their Accountability Logs
56 Operation BrainstormWho are possible people to approach for being in the first DT group with you in your corps? (Think about people who would be potential leaders for other DT groups.)Who might lead the first group?Who are possible people who would want to be discipled under you?