Replicate Round Up for September 11th, 2015

Replicate Round Up for September 11th, 2015

Replicate-Roundup-v3.1-300x143As we find articles and resources that talk about Disciple-Making, we are going to collect them and publish them each Friday.

Serious About Discipleship? Mentoring Is Better Than Curriculum

How well does your church disciple believers? If you’re like most church leaders, you probably feel like you don’t do it as well as you’d like to.

This is especially true for small churches. You’ve looked through curriculum, maybe even tried some of the highly-recommended programs that have worked well in the big churches you admire. But for most small churches, they don’t seem to work. They haven’t worked in my church either. That’s why we stopped using them.
Why didn’t they work for us?

Because curriculum is not the best way to disciple people.

No, using curriculum isn’t bad. There’s some great curriculum out there and I’m grateful for every believer and every church that has been helped by it.

 The Role of Transformational Groups in the Church

Every small group should have all three elements of the purpose and function of groups, but one element will be predominant based on the overall discipleship strategy of the church. And that’s the sweet spot.

Transformational small groups that are going to serve the church well are going to flow out of the church’s strategy for discipleship and mission. And they are going to be most effective when they augment, rather than duplicate the weekend services.

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Robby Gallaty is the Senior Pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN. He was radically saved out of a life of drug addiction on November 12, 2002. In 2008, he began Replicate Ministries to equip and train men and women to be disciples who make disciples. He is also the author of Growing Up: How to Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples (2013), Firmly Planted: How to Cultivate a Faith Rooted in Christ (2015), Rediscovering Discipleship: Making Jesus’ Final Words Our First Work (2015), Foundations: A 260-Day Bible Reading Plan for Busy Believers (2015), and The Forgotten Jesus: How Western Christians Should Follow an Eastern Rabbi (2017).