Getting Started with the Disciple
Helping someone reach the DISCIPLE stage may take a while, but once they are there they may not stay long. The DISCIPLE who is spending time in prayer and the Word does not need a lot of convincing that they should be investing in others. What they do need is:
Confidence that God can use them to help others grow in their faith.
Permission from their leaders to start discipling others (sometimes).
Someone to model for them what discipleship looks like.
A simple plan of what to do with the person they are discipling.
A way to find people around them that need to be discipled.
A reality check that discipling someone is difficult, messy, and sometimes fails.
A sense of what kind of fruit to look for in those they are discipling.
1. Try to add someone who is CURIOUS or a BELIEVER to your 2/3, so the DISCIPLE can begin to see what the DISCIPLE-MAKER life looks and feels like.
2. Begin the transition of treating this person as a co-laborer in Christ and not just someone you are mentoring.
3. Train them early in things like Gospel Conversations and Domain Engagement so they can find new candidates for discipleship from the harvest.
4. Push them to take some leadership in one area of service at Journey (even if it is something small and temporary) to help them understand what it takes to make a community work.
Resources for Discipling the Disciple
This is How We Pray: A 6-Week Journey Prayer Guide Based on the Lord’s Prayer
Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home
It Happens After Prayer
Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?
The Practice of the Presence of God
The Interpretive Journey
Video-Based Bible Studies
Workbook Bible Studies
Bible Reading Plans
Topical Memory System
Extended Scripture Memorization
My Story Guide
The Big Story
Scripture Prayers for the Lost
We are indebted to our friends at the Canadian National Baptist Convention for the Discipleship Stages visual and helpful descriptions. See Hebrews 5:12-14, 1 Corinthians 3:1-2, Ephesians 4:13-16, 1 Peter 2:2-3, Colossians 1:10 for further study on spiritual formation as a process.