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3 Discipleship “The strength and influence of the church is wholly dependent upon its commitment to true discipleship.” - George Barna Growing True Disciples

4 What is Discipleship? It is fulfilling the Great Commission: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20

5 What is Discipleship? The Great Commission is not primarily about evangelism, it is about discipleship.

6 What is Discipleship? “Christian discipleship is a process that takes place within accountable relationships over a period of time for the purpose of bringing believers to spiritual maturity in Christ.” - International Consultation on Discipleship - International Consultation on Discipleship

7 What is Discipleship? “Christian discipleship is a process” Disciple-making is a “shift from program-driven ministry to people-driven ministry … move from concern about quantity (people, programs, square footage, dollars) to concern about quality (commitment, wisdom, relationships, values, lifestyle).” - George Barna Growing True Disciples

8 What is Discipleship? “Christian discipleship … takes place within accountable relationships” “Disciple-making is not about replicable, transferable methods, but about the mystery of two walking together. Christian maturity is always a social, and never an individual reality. There is no such thing as my maturity. It is only our maturity.” - Dr. James Houston Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia

9 What is Discipleship? “Christian discipleship is … bringing believers to spiritual maturity in Christ.” “Too often disciple-making has been understood as preaching the gospel, helping a penitent pray the sinner’s prayer, or offering a compelling case for Christian belief. Disciple-making surely includes all these things, but it has as its goal Christian maturity.” - Marshall Shelley Editor, Leadership Journal

10 What is Discipleship? “The church in Africa is one mile long, but only one inch deep. Discipleship is not information, but character formation.” - Dr. Tokunboh Adeyemo Theologian

11 What is Discipleship? “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” 2 Timothy 2:2

12 Why Discipleship? If you continue to do what you’ve always done, you’re going to get what you’ve always gotten.

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17 Produce? Produce? What difference does it make? Just get busy and produce something!

18 Why Discipleship? We need to ask ourselves some questions: 1. What does a spiritually mature believer look like? How do I recognize a disciple of Christ? 2. What is my corps doing to ensure that we produce spiritually mature believers? Do we have an intentional disciple-making plan?

19 Why Discipleship? “Disciples don’t just happen. They’re developed through intentional planning and the effort of a community of believers. You, too, can make disciples in your church. But it won’t just happen. You need to decide what you’re going to do and how to do it.” Ron Bennett Intentional Disciplemaking

20 Discipleship Training Developing disciples who will lead The Army into the future

21 Discipleship Training Written by Dr. Charles Lake, pastor of the Community Church of Greenville, Indiana Available from our Trade Department

22 Discipleship Training ADVANCED COURSE Four Levels: Nine Sessions Each (36 sessions) BASIC COURSE Four Levels: Nine Sessions Each (36 sessions)

23 Discipleship Training TOTAL BASIC and ADVANCED (72 sessions) Material for 2-4 years of quality discipleship training

24 Discipleship Training COST? ONLY $15 PER COURSE $30 for 2-4 years of Discipleship Training!

25 Discipleship Training Strengths of Discipleship Training: It is corps-based and long-range. It is corps-based and long-range. It trains future spiritual leaders in the corps. It trains future spiritual leaders in the corps. It is written from a Wesleyan doctrinal view. It is written from a Wesleyan doctrinal view. It is well-designed and structured. It is well-designed and structured. Easy to implement with minimal preparation – “doable!” Easy to implement with minimal preparation – “doable!”

26 Discipleship Training Advantages of Discipleship Training: Covers most discipleship issues in a sequential/cyclical/spiral manner. Covers most discipleship issues in a sequential/cyclical/spiral manner. Promotes/develops biblical habits. Promotes/develops biblical habits. Similar to AA type programs - accountability with support and caring. Similar to AA type programs - accountability with support and caring. Can be used at many different levels and places - corps, social service centers. Can be used at many different levels and places - corps, social service centers. It is available in Spanish – SA edited version It is available in Spanish – SA edited version

27 Discipleship Training Possible Weaknesses of Discipleship Training: Readings are long, sometimes difficult. Readings are long, sometimes difficult. Memorization may be difficult. Memorization may be difficult. Structure could be difficult if leader is not flexible. Structure could be difficult if leader is not flexible. Could be seen as a program, rather than a process based on relationships. Could be seen as a program, rather than a process based on relationships.

28 Discipleship Training “We are thrilled to be promoting the Lake materials in our division. Most of our corps are without a discipleship plan for new converts, let alone continued progressive and purposeful instruction for their soldiers. The Lake material is the answer for many corps to this question of how to get our congregations ‘off milk and into the meat’ of a vibrant Christian walk rooted in the Word of God.” Catherine Hayes Leader Development Director, PENDEL

29 Discipleship Training “For a long time, I have been convinced that the weight of the Great Commission is grounded in serious discipleship. And I've also known that a key piece of that discipleship is the devotional life. Finally, a tool has arrived that will meet this need in a practical way.” Major Colin DeVault Carlisle, PA

30 Discipleship Training “The real effectiveness will not be known for a while, but my experience in facilitating groups at my corps is that this is beginning to change the culture of the corps in a wonderful and powerful way in that people are becoming more Christ-like! In addition we anticipate new leaders emerging and more participation in the ministries of the corps.” Bob Ferrantelli Leader Development Director, Central Territory

31 Discipleship Training Two other studies available from Trade: For New Christians: “Running the Race” (9 sessions) For Mature Christians: For Mature Christians: “Doing What Comes Unnaturally” (9 sessions)

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