Our Discipleship Process
Discipleship is a Process
Step #1 - Evaluate
Here are the questions that will help you determine whether or not you need to be discipled and/or if you are ready to disciple someone else.
I have chosen to follow Jesus.
I have a basic understanding of how the books of the Bible connect from Genesis to Revelation.
I have a basic understanding of how Jesus lived and how he would act and react in most situations in my life.
I have a basic understanding of what Jesus taught, and even though I am a work in progress, I know how to apply these teachings to my life.
I regularly practice the disciplines of the Christian Faith, which include: Prayer, Fasting, Serving, Giving, Study, and Worship.
So, here’s the deal. You don’t have to be perfect to either be discipled or to disciple someone, but you do have to be willing: willing to learn, willing to teach, and willing to give some of your time to obey Jesus’ command to go and make disciples.
If you answered “no” to any or all of the first four questions, you probably need to be discipled before you disciple someone else. If you answered “yes”, then you’re probably set to make a disciple of Jesus.
Step #2 - Choose
Once you have determined that you need to be discipled by someone, you need to choose someone to disciple you. The reason we offer this choice is because we tend to learn better when we choose our teachers. Simply let us know who you would like to disciple you (preferably someone from our community), and if you would like, we will make that initial contact for you.
If you would rather leave the decision up to us, we will glad to pick out one of our sharpest people for you, and they will make contact with you. Since you will be meeting on a one-to-one basis, all of our discipleship pairs will be gender based.
Step #3 - Meet
Pick a time that works best for you and the person who is discipling you, and meet. Work through the questions in Step #1 to determine where you need to begin. If you haven’t chosen to follow Christ yet, that’s okay. You can start by addressing what is keeping you from becoming a dedicated follower.
These meetings aren’t to be just about the books you are studying together. Discipleship is about relationship, so be sure to spend a good amount of your meeting time just discussing life and exchanging prayer requests.
Step #4 - Begin
Once you have picked a time to meet on a regular basis and determined where you need to begin, you’re ready to choose a resource from the list below and get started. After you have picked a resource, determine when you want to finish the first level. For example, if you chose Max Anders, 30 Days to Understanding the Bible, it’s best to try to finish this resource in 30 days. You and your Trainer/Disciple can then meet once a week for one month and discuss one week of reading at a time.
Read with a pencil or a highlighter so you can go back to what you want to discuss or any questions you might have. If you are reading on an eBook, insert plenty of notes so you can go recall them in your meeting.
Step #5 - Make Disciples
When you have completed levels 1-4, you are ready to invest in someone’s life just as someone who has invested in you. It’s time for you to make a disciple. Remember, you don’t have to be perfect to make a disciple (because Lord knows the first disciples weren’t perfect), you just need to be willing to bring someone along with you as you journey towards Christ.
Let the journey begin!
Level #1 You answered “no” to the question: I have chosen to follow Jesus.
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
Level #2 You answered “no” to the question: I have a basic understanding of how the books of the Bible connect from Genesis to Revelation.
30 Days to Understanding the Bible
Level #3: You answered “no” to the question: I have a basic understanding of how Jesus lived and how he would act and react in most situations in my life.
The Bible: Book of Mark
Level #4 You answered “no” to the question: I have a basic understanding of what Jesus taught and even though I am a work in progress I know how to apply these teachings to my life.
Level #5 You answered “no” to the question: I regularly practice the disciplines of the Christian Faith, which include: Prayer, Fasting, Serving, Giving, Study, and Worship.
Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us
Calhoun, Adele Ahlberg
Celebration of Discipline