Presentation on theme: "Small Group Discipleship"— Presentation transcript:
1 Small Group Discipleship International pastors and lEADERS conference of the western west Africa Episcopal district Class Leaders TrainingSmall Group DiscipleshipPresented byRev. Dr. Richard M.GadzekpoPastor:Mt. Pleasant A.M.E. Zion Church 3664 Grade Road, Rockford, Tennessee 37853
2 Introduction: the last commandment Matthew 28:19 & 20 19Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, 20and teach them to do everything I have told you. I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.
3 Introduction: small groups One of the most effective ways of making disciples is through holistic small groups; Providing personal support and reassurance to individuals — especially in settings where people can speak openly and honestly without fear of rejection.
4 Biblical ExampleJesus started his ministry of making disciples of all nations through small group (Mark 3:13-14)The Disciples of Jesus also fulfilled the mandate of making disciples of all nations through small group (Acts 2:46, Acts 8:3,Romans 16:3-5)
5 Historical ExampleIn 1742, John Wesley started the Class Leaders System, where every member of the church is placed into a class over which is appointed a class leader whose responsibility is to provide sub pastoral oversight. It became part of the constitution of the church in 1744 when the rules for the United Societies were drawn up.
6 Historical ExampleThe A.M.E. Zion Church since its inception in 1796 has preserved the Class Leaders System. The Book of Discipline of the A.M.E. Zion Church stipulates that the design of organizing members into classes and holding of class meeting is … to establish and keep up meetings for …instruction…encouragement…admonition…that shall be a profitable means of grace.
7 Two models of small group Discipleship Cognitive Model – Evangelist Small Group FellowshipBehavioral Model – Class Meeting
8 The evangelistic small group fellowship A cognitive model of ministry that places emphasis upon helping the non-churched to become Christians and members of the Church
9 how is small group FELLOWSHIP evangelistic? Three Necessary Components - AID:Attraction: Straightforward invitationInclusion: Helping them to belongDiscipleship: Helping individuals grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ
10 Two parts of small group fellowship Time for Sharing Evangelistic ConcernsList of the un-churchedForming group’s evangelistic concernsPray for names listedLook for ways and invite prospectsDiscuss ways and means with groupTime for Witnessing
11 What is witnessing?Witnessing is telling people in your own words, your own way what you know about Jesus Christ from your own life!
12 How to begin small group fellowship Recruit a leaderLeader gathers a core of two or three who are definitely interestedCore group and leader invites another eight to ten peopleDecide time, frequency and meeting placeHave first meetingDivide after eight or ten sessions and start another group
13 Developing a bible study for your small group fellowship Gathering and Call to WorshipPrayer and SingingIntroduction of GuestStudy TimeSinging/Soloist/SilenceWitness TimeSharing of needs and concernsPraying Time
14 Developing a bible study for your small group fellowship Evangelistic ConcernsClosing SelectionClosing Prayer and BenedictionFellowship
15 Issues to consider How often to meet Where to meet Refreshments Child careWhat to study
16 The Class MeetingA behavioral mode of ministry that places emphasis upon practicing the truths that we learn from sermons, bible studies, etc.
17 DISCIPLESHIP CAN BE EVERYTHING WE DO AS CHRISTIAN PEOPLE Discipleship is about:Growing in our relationship with ChristSharing our lives and concerns with others in the groupCaring for each other in the groupDISCIPLESHIP CAN BE EVERYTHING WE DO AS CHRISTIAN PEOPLE
18 The Class Meeting Three important features of class meeting include: Getting Acquainted – Connecting as a groupReviewing the nature of the group – if nature of meeting is not made clear it creates difficulty in keeping the meeting on taskSecuring the members commitment to the ground rules of the group.
19 Ground RulesThese commitments should be secured at the first meeting and be reviewed from time to time:Priority – members to make every effort to attendPrayer – members to pray regularly for the groupConfidentiality – Not divulge personal concerns to those outside the group even after the group ends.
20 Ground RulesPunctuality – members begins and ends on time Personal devotion time – members to engage in bible study and prayer between group meetings No advice giving unless counsel is requested – pray for and encourage those who share needs but refrain from giving advice unless requested
21 Ground RulesNo argument – members agree to disagree agreeably Personal needs – Confess personal needs and not those of others in the group Affirmation and vulnerability – members seek to provide an atmosphere of affirmation understanding that those who are ridiculed may never share again
22 Components of A Class Meeting Gathering – Brief period of fellowshipSharing – Sharing life with each otherPraying – Praying for one anotherSending – Sent by the Holy Spirit and by group to work and witness.
23 SharingTo give structure and help in meaningful sharing, the following is recommended:How am I coming along in my prayer life?How am I progressing in my personal study of God’s word?Are there areas of struggle or specific needs which I desire the prayers of the class?
24 SharingTo give structure and help in meaningful sharing, the following is recommended:Are there areas of victory or blessings through which I see God at work?What progress am I making in learning to share my faith with others?In what ways have I been able to meet a need in the lives of others.
25 How to Begin Small Group Fellowship Leader invites members to first meetingDecide with members about time and meeting placeHave first meeting
26 Guidelines for Holding Meetings Trust GodPrayRemind the group regularly of its ministry visionFacilitate and guide discussionWatch the timeKeep conversation on the subjectBe personally vulnerableEncourage listeningGuide the long-winded speaker
27 Guidelines for Holding Meetings Encourage the quite, shy personBe sensitive to the emotional hurtInvolve everyone in the groupHelp members learn to pray aloudFollow up on an absent or distressed membersEstablish and maintain the group commitmentsDevelop new leadershipPractice the “double focus” of ministry, focus on both individual and group as a whole.