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

25 Chapters

4 Questions

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.