Our immediate concern should not know how to build a disciple but to first have a clear picture of how disciple looks like, do, or are. As we consider the question about what a disciple is.
The answers we could have in mind are about becoming like Jesus, obeying everything in Scripture, becoming completely committed to a lifetime of growth, devotion, and learning.
Once we are sure of what a disciple is, we can now proceed into questions like these:
- What should be the absolute basic knowledge required for someone to become a good follower of Jesus?
- What would be the essential characteristics (passion, heart, desire, commitments) of those same people?
Growing as a disciple requires movement. As people come to our churches and enter into a discipleship pathway, we desire them to grow more and more like Jesus.
Delivery System for the Discipleship Model
There are three ways to approach discipleship. Three ways to comprehensively approach discipleship can either be through the following:
- Program Driven Church
- Missional Group Church
- Discipleship Modeling Church.
Program Driven Church
A Program Driven Church is a close-knit church with a congregation who loves to spend time together, i.e., playgroups, coffee groups, Saturday breakfasts, hockey day, etc.
In this delivery system, the church assures that everyone who walks through their doors has a place and feels welcomed.
Missional Group Church
Secondly, the Missional Group Church prioritizes time with those who do not know Christ.
Missional Church members are eager to know their neighbors to invite these people into their homes and church and join their small group.
This church is very externally driven and is passionate about sharing Jesus with the people around them.
Discipleship Modeling Church
Finally, the Discipleship Modeling Church refers to the church that focuses on the growth and development of each member of their church.
This mission is integrated through Sunday services, fellowships, mentoring, and even online discipleship programs.
The discipleship leaders in a Discipleship Modeling Church are intentional in establishing and empowering future discipleship leaders.
They spend time developing relationships and modeling leadership. In the same vein, they have a clear path for the discipleship journey and have created a culture where church members are excited to grow in their relationship with Christ.
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