You Cant Expect what You Don’t Inspect

You Cant Expect what You Don’t Inspect

ThinkstockPhotos-167239631Discipleship rarely happens by chance. Intentionality and accountability are necessities for spiritual growth. Without them, people lose focus.

A Local high-school team was playing an important football game.As expected, the stands were full and there was the usual excitement leading up to the kickoff. But as the game progressed, something was missing. No one was watching the game. No one cheered. No one cared about the outcome.

The only sound coming from the stands was conversation from the spectators.

What happened? A hurricane knocked the scoreboard down the week before and hadn’t been repaired yet. The fans were unable to see the time, the down, or the score. Someone commented, “No one could tell you what the score was, what down it was, or even how much time was left. There was a game going on, but it was like no one even knew.”[i]

Here’s a Disciple-making principle: “What Doesn’t Get Measured, Doesn’t Get Done.”

Let me say it another way, “What Get’s Measured Gets Accomplished.”

A leader is a life-long learner. Since disciples are students, they submit themselves to constructive criticism for refinement of the discipleship process. A self-assessment tool is the ideal tool for diagnose one’s spiritual journey over the past 12 to 18 months. The easiest way for this to happen is through distributing a d-group evaluation form toward the end of the discipleship process.

A self-examination form is offered at the outset of the discipling relationship called a Faith Inventory. Hand the D-group evaluation out to your participants toward the end of the process. Make sure you give each participant time to complete the form and return it before the group ends.

Spiritual Journey Inventory

Use these questions in your D-Group to get acquainted with each other.

  1. After coming to the Lord, I finally understood ___________
  1. The closest I have felt to God in my life was ___________.
  1. The farthest I felt from God was ___________.
  1. If I could change one incident in my life it would be ________. Why?
  1. One incident in my life that I would never change would be _________. Why?
  1. The turning point in my relationship with God was ________. Why?

D-group Evaluation

Please fill out this evaluation during an uninterrupted time where you can reflect on and answer the questions below.

  1. What impact did the process of discipleship have on your life this year?
  1. How you have grown in godliness/spiritual maturity over the time in your D-Group?
  1. Evaluate your growth in the following spiritual disciplines over the time spent in your D-Group. On a scale of 1-10 (1 being lowest and 10 being highest) grade each discipline from the beginning to the end of your D-Group time.

January              December

Daily Bible Reading/Study

Journaling

Scripture Memory

Intercessory Prayer

Missional living

Evangelism

  1. What area do you feel you have grown the most in and why?
  1. What has been your biggest struggle this year?
  1. Are you planning on replicating by forming a discipleship group with 2-4 other ladies? If so, when? If not, why?
  1. Do you feel prepared to replicate by leading your own group? Why or why not?
  1. What did you like most about being in a dgroup?
  1. What did you like least? Be honest. This will help me consider things with future groups.
  1. Overall what area of your life was most impacted by being in a discipleship group?

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[i]Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling (2012-04-24). The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals (p. 66). Free Press. Kindle Edition.

 

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).