Getting Started with the Disciple-Maker
Although the DISCIPLE-MAKER is invaluable in a church, there is a tendency to be inattentive to their spiritual needs because of their maturity. The DISCIPLE-MAKER needs encouragement, accountability, training, and refreshing. Consistency and steering clear of burn-out would be two major goals for a DISCIPLE-MAKER. Try to make sure that the DISCIPLE-MAKER is not just working with people who need maturing within the church but encourage them to engage, gather and disciple people outside of the church, as well. Ask a DISCIPLE-MAKER to consider external equipping opportunities (seminary classes, cohorts, conferences) in the areas they excel the most in, but don’t stop walking with them in relational discipleship.
1. Make sure that you are treating the DISCIPLE-MAKER as a co-laborer. You are now walking together in discipleship rather than leading them.
2. Monitor that they are not connecting their own personal sense of worth to the growth (or lack there of) of those they are discipling.
3. Take time to celebrate with them all that they have seen God do in their own life and in the lives of those they have discipled.
4. Make sure that they are not stuck in any of their discipleship relationships. Sometimes a DISCIPLE-MAKER will be the last to see or admit that someone they are discipling needs a different mentor.
Resources for Discipling the Disciple-Maker
Journey Prayer Team Strategy
Journey Leader Cohorts
Online Courses for Disciple-Makers
All of the Growth Grid resources for Disciple are helpful for the Disciple-Maker, as well.
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.