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1 2012 Great Commission Discipleship Leadership Seminar with Greg Ogden Sponsored byAmbassadors for Christ, Inc.
2 About Greg OgdenIntroduction slide[Automatic play seconds]Group introductions & welcome.Recently “redeployed” from Christ Church in Oak Brook, IL Now living in Monterey, CA Married for 42 years to Lily, retired elementary school principal Father to Aimee, married to Adam, both pediatricians in Salt Lake City, UT Hopelessly doting grandfather to Claire, 5 years old and Dylan, 2+ years old
5 Overview of our Time Biblical/Theological Foundations for Discipleship The Pastors’ Role as Equipper for MinistryThe Pastor’s Role as Disciple-MakerVision for Biblical DiscipleshipWhy small reproducible discipleship groups are a key environment for making disciplesPractical Considerations for Implementing a Discipleship StrategyNeed for Discipleship CurriculumCoaching strategy for implementing and sustaining group life mulitiplication
6 Biblical/Theological Foundations for Discipleship The Pastor’s Role asEquipper and Discipler
7 The Goal of Equipping: The Priesthood of All Believers Ephesians 4:11, 12 II Tim. 3:16-17 ApostlesProphetsEvangelistsPastor-TeachersUntoDo OneThingEquip theSaintsWhich in turnBuilds Up TheBodyOf ChristWork ofMinistry
8 The Biblical Model of Disciple-Making 2Jesus called his disciples (Luke 6:12-13)What were the strategic reasons for the selection of the twelve in the light of…Why would Jesus risk the dynamics of jealousy?Why not just expand the crowd?I. THE BIBLICAL MODEL OFDISCIPLE-MAKINGDoing the Lord’s Work in theLord’s WayJesus called his disciples(Luke 6:12-13)Background: There is general misimpression in a casual reading of the gospel accounts is that Jesus gathered up his twelve a few at a time and at first meeting they left their secular vocations and followed him. It is clear from this passage that Jesus had a larger following and from them he designated the 12 to be a part of his inner core. F. F. Bruce identifies three stages in the selection process:Stage 1: The disciples were simply believers in Jesus as the Christ, and they associated with Jesus as occasional companions at public events, like the wedding in Cana at Galilee.Stage 2: Fellowship with Christ assumed the form of uninterrupted attendance to his person, which entailed the abandonment of their secular occupations. Stages 1 and 2 may have been collapsed for some.Stage 3: The last and highest stage occurred when the disciples were chosen by the Master from the mass of followers, and were formed into a select band to be trained for the work of apostleship. This last stage probably did not occur until there had been considerable association with Jesus.
9 Reasons for Focus on a Few: Internalization 3B. The Reasons for the Focuson a Few.1. InternalizationCore who knew in-depth - His personand mission which could not beconveyed to the multitudesASK: If Jesus had simply relied on the masses, what would have happened?What did happen to the masses?a. Distrust of the populace- from love to hate - hail him on Palm Sunday, shout crucify Himfive days later.- John 2: 24,25- “flash in the pan celebrity”- “footnote of history”Transition to Disciples are not mass producedDistrust of the populaceJohn 2:23-25Palm Sunday to Good Friday“But for the twelve, the doctrine, the works, the image of Jesus might have perished from human resemblance, nothing remaining but a vague mythical tradition, of historical value, of little practical importance.”--A. B. Bruce
10 Reasons for Focus on a Few: Internalization 3b. Disciples not mass produced- not herded through programsA.B. Bruce - “This careful, painstaking education of the disciples secured the teacher’s influence on this world should be permanent; that His kingdom should be founded on the rock of deep and indestructible convictions in the minds of a few, not on the shifting sands of superficial impressions in the minds of the many.”“Disciples cannot be mass produced. We cannot drop people into a program and see disciples emerge at the end of a production line. It takes time to make disciples. It takes individual personal attention.”(Leroy Eims, The Lost Art of Disciplemaking)Transition to Signs & Reasons for Superficialityb. Disciples not mass produced“This careful, painstaking education of the disciples secured the teacher’s influence on this world should be permanent; that His kingdom should be founded on the rock of deep and indestructible convictions in the minds of a few, not on the shifting sands of superficial impressions in the minds of the many.” -- A. B. Bruce
11 Reasons for Focus on a Few: Internalization 3c. Signs and Reasons forsuperficialitySunday School Faith“the eternal childhood ofthe believer”—Juan Carlos Ortiz“Why have so many Sundays of Bibleteaching produced so few spiritually mature adults?”trying to borrow off past assets that have long since been spentOverrun by cultural valuesWe have millions who claim a born-again experience of Christ and a decreased effect on the moral climate of our culture? Gallup poll - no difference in values between churched/ unchurched81% of Americans say they arrive at their religious views without a body of believers. Little difference in the values and practices of those who are churched or unchurched. From small habits of integrity such as calling in sick when you are not, to puffed up resumes, to cheating on tax returns, “little difference in the ethical views and behavior of churched and unchurched.” In terms of charitable giving while 40% say that God is the most important thing in their lives, those making between 50-75,000 a year give 1.5% of their income, while spending 12% on leisure activities.Illustration: For example, when exercise was the craze we came up with our Christian versions that simply mirror the culture. Trim for Him. Fitness. Aerobic Praise, Devotion in Motion, Praise-R-cise, but the one I like the best is Firm Believer, which the slimming slogan, “He must increase and I must decrease.”Conclusion: One person summed up the Western view of discipleship as “privately engaging, socially irrelevant”; we end up copying the latest fads of society; Christian forms of dieting and getting in shape.c. Causes of SuperficialityDiverted leaders from equippingFocus on programs
12 Reasons for Focus on a Few: Internalization 3Discipleship ProgramsASK: What are the dominantcharacteristics of aprogram?Any spectator-performer relationship.One or a few doing for the many.Where the vast majority are consumers and observers. One person making a presentation and the rest somewhat passive recipients of another’s knowledge. Sermons, classes, sometimes even in intentional discipleship groups (e.g. the 2-7 series with the Navigators)Characteristics of these kind of groups:Content (Curriculum) or knowledge based—what you know is considered the basis for growth. Head knowledge or information based discipleship. Increased knowledge of the word of God. I remember reading that as a child that Elvis Presley went to summer camp for free for 5 consecutive summers based upon memorizing Scripture—350 verses a year.The one preparing for the many—the one who grows most in knowledge and transformation is the one preparing. I know I also had to be addressed by the word before I authentically had anything to say. As much as I believe in the power of preaching for conviction and decision in the context of worship, I would be naïve to believe that through my preaching disciples were made. Any more than Jesus would believe that simply he teaching to the masses would have produced disciples. If anyone could do it, it was Jesus and he didn’t put his eggs in that basket.Characteristics of Programs:Content or knowledge basedOne preparing for the manyRegimentation or synchronizationLow Accountability
13 Reasons for Focus on a Few: Internalization “Disciples cannot be massed produced. We cannot drop people into a program and see disciples emerge at the end of a production line. It takes time to make disciples. It takes individual personal attention.” (Leroy Eims, The Lost Art of Disciplemaking)
14 Have Enough Vision to Think Small Reasons for Focus on a Few: Multiplication4B. The Reasons for theFocus on a Few.2. MultiplicationJesus had enough vision to think small.ASK: By focusing on the few, was Jesus unconcerned with reaching the multitudes? (Hardly.)a. Jesus had a heart for the multitudes—How do we know?-- Jesus focused on a few because His concern was to reach the multitudes.Eugene Peterson - “Jesus it must be remembered, restricted 9/10 of His ministry to 12 Jews because it was the only way to reach all Americans.”Have Enough Vision to Think SmallA. Jesus had a heart for the multitudes“Jesus it must be remembered, restricted 9/10 of His ministry to 12 Jews because it was the only way to reach all Americans.” --Eugene Peterson
15 The Letter from Jane DISCUSSION What are the significant disciple-making principles or practices reflected in this letter? (circle them)
16 The Disciple-Making Challenge: Three Years of Ministry “Perhaps today’s pastor should imagine that they are going to have three more years in their parish as pastor--and that there will be no replacement for them when they leave. If they acted as if this were going to happen, they would then put the highest priority on selecting, motivating, and training lay leaders that could carry on the mission. The results of three sustained years of such an approach would be quite significant. Even revolutionary.” --George Martin
17 Reflection Exercise (in groups of 3; 1 pastor with 2 lay leaders) 1. How do we take seriously the pastoral role as equipper/discipler and then translate this into an actual strategy? 2. If we were to follow Jesus’ model and plan to turn leadership over to those in our church after we were gone, how would you best spend your time now getting people ready? What might the laity come to expect of themselves?
18 Vision for Biblical Discipleship The Power of Small, Reproducing Discipleship Groups
19 From One-on-One Discipleship to Small, Reproducible Groups
20 Frustrations with Discipling 15Frustrations with DisciplingMeet one on one weeklyMutual sharingTeach basics of faithApply faith to family, work, ethics, etc.Study togetherPray together...but no multiplication…why??!?!?Frustrations withDisciplingPersonal Reality:Frustration in seeing the people withwhom I was meeting actually going tolead someone else to Christ or evenhave the confidence to invest insomeone else as a mentor to assistanother in their growth.What did I see?meet with people weekly one - on - onehelp grow through some mutual sharing—speak together about the growing edges of our faith; how is God speaking to us through His wordteach basic things about how to grow in Christ—prayer, QT, study the word, write out our testimonytalk about faith in the context of family, work, church, ethics, inner struggle, temptationsstudy a book together like John Stott’s Basic Christianitypray togetheroften coaching them on a ministry in the life of the churchTransition to Reflection Exercise
21 Transition to Biblical Models of Disciplemaking 15What Do YOU Think?What are the obstacles to reproduction?Why don’t we see more multiplication?Reflection Exercise:What are the obstacles to reproduction?Why don’t we see more multiplication?What gets in the way of the fulfillment of this nice design?Transition to Biblical Models of Disciplemaking
22 Biblical Models of Disciple-Making 16Biblical Models of Disciple-MakingBiblical Models ofDisciplemakingOur Discipling Model ishierarchical rather than relational.Paul--TimothyFather-SonTeacher-StudentMature-ImmatureMotivator-MotivatedWhat pressure does the discipler feel?What does this model foster?ASK: What is the Biblicalrelationship that is usuallyheld up as the model ofdiscipling? -- Paul—Timothy.What are the characteristics of this model?The Usual Biblical Modela. Hierarchical model: Paul -- TimothyFather -- Son (II Tim. 1:2--to Timothy, my beloved child)Mature - ImmatureTeacher - StudentMotivator—MotivatedCan occur with pastor and member of the flock but does not work well with those ordinary believers - They don’t see themselves head and shoulders above others.
23 One-on-One Traditional Model of Disciple-making Limitations… 17Traditional Model of Disciple-makingOne-on-OneLimitations…Discipler carries the weight of responsibilityLeads to hierarchy which creates dependencyTwo-way dialogue; limited interchangeOne-model approach; limited to the disciplerGenerally does not reproducePractical Model ofDisciplemakingOne on One vs. Traid- the need to move out ofhierarchical modelOne on one(The assumed model—born out of Navigators—discipling is almost synonymous with one on one relationships)- discipler focused - pressure- teacher/student- hierarchical- fosters dependency- dialogue - ping pong- limited models- does not reproduceTransition to Triads
24 Triads/Quads Alternate Model of Disciple-making Important Shifts… 17Alternate Model of Disciple-makingTriads(Relational)How did I discover this model?Through experimentation with aversion of this discipling material.I tested this material (1) one on one;(2) triads and (3) small group of ten.Amazed at the change in dynamics I found:From pressure on discipler to natural participation. Shift from a teacher- dynamic with the discipler as the answer person to a group process where the discipler can contribute natural without being the focal point.There is a natural shift from hierarchical to relational. The hierarchical nature of the relationship is the greatest inhibiting factor to multiplication. The triad creates a come-alongside mutual journey. The focus is not so much upon the discipler as upon Jesus Christ as the one toward which all are pointing their lives.From dialogue to dynamic interchange. There is a evident shift is the dynamic of interchange or what I would call “groupness”. One on one is not a group, but a back and forth interchange. By simply adding another the presence of the spirit in one’s midst became evident.Triads/QuadsImportant Shifts…From pressure on discipler to natural participationFrom hierarchical to relationalFrom dialogue to dynamic interchangeFrom limited input to wisdom in numbersFrom addition to multiplication
25 The Power of Threes/Four The Trinitarian God (Matthew 28:19)Genesis 1:26: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. What does the plural tell us about God? What does it tell us about being made in the image of God?Jesus had 3 as an inner core (Peter, James and John)Why did Jesus single out this group of 3 from within the 12?The three-fold cord is not easily broken (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
26 The Environment for Transformation Why small groups of 3 or 4 provide the right environment for transformation into Christlikeness?
27 Transition to Part One: Growing Up in Christ 19THE INGREDIENTS FORTRANSFORMATION:Biblical Principle: When we openour hearts in trust to each other(horizontally) around the truth ofGod’s word in spirit of mutualsubmission, we are in the Holy Spirit’slaboratory of transformation.1. Intimacy, Relational Transparencya. Mutual Vulnerability- model openness - the discipler sets the tone.- authority is not based on a false perfectionism (we have this truth in earthen vessels - God’s power made perfect in weakness)- our values, aspirations, emotions, failures, all are on the table(My own struggle with anxiety - the need for inner healing to deal with that.)b. Integrationbring the various dimensions of our life together- finances- life direction- questions- marriage- work- children- service2. Teaching (see p. 1 - of table of contents)Contentbuilding a mosaicputting the pieces of the puzzle together in a holistic fashion (shoe box)truth content is the cutting edge - the truth that reveals; the power of God’sword (the Word of God not only informs, it performs)3. AccountabilityTransition to Part One: Growing Up in ChristIngredients for Transformation:Intimacy/TransparencyTruth in CommunityLife-change Accountability
28 Ingredients for Transformation: 19THE INGREDIENTS FORTRANSFORMATION:Biblical Principle: When we openour hearts in trust to each other(horizontally) around the truth ofGod’s word in spirit of mutualsubmission, we are in the Holy Spirit’slaboratory of transformation.1. Intimacy, Relational Transparencya. Mutual Vulnerability- model openness - the discipler sets the tone.- authority is not based on a false perfectionism (we have this truth in earthen vessels - God’s power made perfect in weakness)- our values, aspirations, emotions, failures, all are on the table(My own struggle with anxiety - the need for inner healing to deal with that.)b. Integrationbring the various dimensions of our life together- finances- life direction- questions- marriage- work- children- service2. Teaching (see p. 1 - of table of contents)Contentbuilding a mosaicputting the pieces of the puzzle together in a holistic fashion (shoe box)truth content is the cutting edge - the truth that reveals; the power of God’sword (the Word of God not only informs, it performs)3. AccountabilityTransition to Part One: Growing Up in ChristIngredients for Transformation:When we…open our hearts in transparent trust to each otheraround the truth of God’s wordin the spirit of mutual accountability...…we are in the Holy Spirit’s hothouse of transformation.
29 Transformation involves: 1. Transparent Trust Principle: The extent to which we are willing to reveal to others those areas of our life that need God’s transforming touch is the extent to which we are inviting the Holy Spirit to make us new.AffirmationWalking Through DifficultiesBeing Reflective ListenersConfession
31 Transformation involves: 2. Truth in Community II Timothy 3:16, 17--profitable for…TeachingReproofCorrectionTraining in righteousnessNeed for systematic teaching and a toolMosaic Image
32 Discipleship Essentials 25 lessonsWritten to implement small, reproducible discipleship groupsBuilt in covenantRelational toolLeads to transformationPrecedent for the book Leadership Essentials
33 THE ESSENTIAL COMMANDMENT 12 lessons on The Great Commandment2 lessons each on loving God with all our… heart, soul, mind and strength3 lessons on loving our neighbor as ourselvesTakes us to the core of following Jesus
34 Transformation involves: 3. Life-change Accountability 22Transformation involves: 3. Life-change AccountabilityWhat is accountability?Submission to mutually agreed standardsGiving partners authority to call you to accountWhat are the standards? (p. 14)Minimum commitmentsRecommitment to the standards (p. 80, 146)c. Accountability(p. 14) p. 80 (after lesson 8)p. 146 (after lesson 16)(covenant renewal)Accountability: submission to mutually agreed standards with the understanding that your discipling partners are given the authority to call you to account to keep what has been agreed to.What are the standards?Transition to the Power of the Discipling Model
36 Power of the Discipling Model 22Intimacy Truth AccountabilitySmall GroupsTeachingPreaching[Talk through the power ofDiscipling vs. other methods ofequipping.]Transition to The Story of Eric JohnsonDiscipling
37 Importance and Characteristics Good CurriculumImportance and Characteristics
38 Overview of Charateristics Transferable toolProgression: create a sense of movementSimple without being simplisticEasy to use formatHighly interactive: egalitarian (everyone participates equally)Personal (application oriented)
39 Transferable Tool Content can be used and reused The framework for teachingGives discipler the confidence. Do not need to know it allSomeone who is new to the faith can use and masterOvercomes a hit and miss approach
40 Progression Gives a sense of movement Mosaic Image Four Parts with two lessons as introGrowing Up In ChristThe Message of ChristBecoming Like ChristServing Christ
41 Discipleship Essentials 25 lessonsWritten to implement small, reproducible discipleship groupsBuilt in covenantRelational toolLeads to transformationPrecedent for the book Leadership Essentials
42 Section 1 Growing Up In Christ Lesson 1 and 2What is discipling?Who is a disciple?Lessons 3-6: Personal and Corporate DisciplinesQuiet TimeBible StudyPrayerWorship
43 Section 2 The Message of Christ Trinitarian: Father, Son and Holy Spirit flowLesson 7-8: The 3-Personal God and Being Made in His ImageLesson 9: Sin as broken relationshipLesson 10: Grace: restored relationshipLesson 11: Redemption: Person, death and resurrection of JesusLesson 12-13: The Benefits of the Work of ChristJustificationAdoption
44 Section 3 Becoming Like Christ Lessons Holy SpiritFilled with the SpiritFruit of the SpiritLesson 16 Trust: what is faith?Lesson 17 Love: key characteristic of the life in ChristLesson 18 Justice: love on a societal basis; God’s heart for the poor and disenfranchisedLesson 19 Witness: Being connection of God’s love to those who don’t know it
46 Simplicity without being simplistic Format is repeatable and consistentCore TruthMemory VerseScripture ReadingsContemporary discussion of the issues.Question are not insultingly simpleObservation: Q 3 and 4 a (p. 89)Interpretation Q4b (p. 89)Application Q. 5, (p. 89)
47 Format is easy to useQuestions are laid out to make for a progressive use.Created a simplified way to cover the content.
48 Interactive Group size keeps everyone participating. The tool is the teacher. Stay away from an answer person.If an unorthodox thought is uttered, take people back to what the Scriptures say.Everyone has a voice and brings their life experience.
49 Personal ApplicationLife change does not occurred until truth intersects the real issues of our life and leads to change…AttitudesBehaviorsValuesRelationshipsLife Direction
50 Role of the Leader Recruiting the Discipling Triad The Practicalitiesof Disciple-Making25Role of the Leader Recruiting the Discipling TriadPray for discernmentInvite the potential partnerState you were drawn to them in prayerReview Table of ContentsTalk through the Disciple’s CovenantAsk the person to prayerfully considerSeek a third/fourth personTHE PRACTICALITIES OFDISCIPLE-MAKINGI. The Role of the Leader(Recruiting the Discipleship Triad)1. Pray for discernment based upon the Biblical criteria (loyalty, teachability and dependability)2. When you receive guidance invite the person to meet with you personally.a. State that as a result of prayer you feel draw to invite the person to join you in a mutual journey of discipleship toward maturity in Christ. Stress that this is not a random invite but through a sense of prayerfully pesonal call.b. Secondly, review the material you will be using by looking at the Table of Contents and a sample lesson.c. Third, talk through A Disciple’s Covenant and do not minimize the fact that they are being equipped to equip others.d. Ask the person to prayerfully consider this relationship over the next week and not to give you too immediate of a response. You want the person to consider the time commitment in light of larger responsibility and to adjust schedule if necessary to make this happen.e. Inform the person of another person who might be involved that you also have been called to join you. It is also possible if you don’t have a third to enlist their support in helping discern who that third person should be.
51 Role of the Leader (Cont.) Set the first meeting timeGuide the partners through the first sessionComplete all lessons and participateModel transparency
52 First Few Meetings Review the Covenant Get to know each other Share your faith journeyLead the first 4-6 lessons, then rotate facilitatorsKeep alive the vision of reproduction
53 Growing a Disciple-making Network Develop a small oversight groupAlso a place for problem solvingKeep track of those in the networkCreate a network newsletterArticlesTestimoniesStories of second/third generation leadershipHold semi-annual gatherings of all inthe network
54 Closing ExhortationWe have made an unbiblical distinction between being a Christian and being a disciple as if discipleship is largely optionalGrowing disciples is a longer process of personal investment. There are no short-cuts to growing people.A person has turned the corner to maturity when they start taking responsibility for the spiritual health of others.Leadership Shortage is really a discipleship shortageII Timothy 2:2: Our legacy is the transformed people we have left in place.