Making it Work in the Local Church:
- Reminder 1 – Make sure to have a plan, know where you are going.
- Reminder 2 – Explain your plan.
- Declare the priorities.
- Publish it in church literature.
- Model it at the leadership level.
- Reminder 3 – Present a model of how you plan to work.
Phases Through Which Believers are Guided:
- Phase 1 – Come and see (John 1:39-4:46) – gather, consider, expose, interest and inspire.
- The Sunday morning meeting: where we interest you.
- The mini-congregation: where we care for you.
- Velcro ministries:
Choirs, sports, men’s groups, retreats, Bible studies, children’s activities, social action.
- Phase 2 – Come and follow Me (Matthew 4:18-22, Mark 1:16-20): training, establishing and maturing.
- Phase 3 – Come and be with Me (Mark 3:13-14, Luke 6:13): this phase is for only a few serious disciples.
Making the transition:
- They had already been with Him, when He challenged them they were ready.
- He extended an invitation, not a responsibility: “I will make you into something useful…”
- He called them to a vision, not a job: the driving force behind commitment is vision.
The Discipleship Group:
- Only those who make the commitment are approved.
- The group must be small enough to avoid spectators, but large enough to provide variety.
- The group must meet often enough and long enough for the training process to work.
- The group must teach basic skills that act as tools to reach the objective (Bible study, prayer, relationships, outreach)
- The group must last long enough and be demanding enough to surface new leaders.