Begin With the End in Mind (Part 2)

Begin With the End in Mind (Part 2)

As you begin a discipleship group, you should plan from the outset to accomplish two primary purposes:

  1. To equip believers to grow and mature
  2. To empower believers to equip others

So the goal is not only to make disciples, but to make disciples who will in turn make disciples.

Paul embraced this strategy when it came to training Gospel co-workers.  Notice what Paul admonished and exhorted his son in the faith, Timothy, to do in 2 Timothy 2:2.

“And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (2 Timothy 2:2 ESV)

Paul entrusted Timothy with the Gospel, and he admonished him to entrust what he had received to faithful men who could “teach others also.”

Clearly, the goal here is two-fold:

  • To equip Gospel workers
  • To empower Gospel workers to equip others

Paul not only equipped Timothy with the Gospel message, but he emboldened him to equip others!

My definition for making disciples is “to equip believers with the Word of God through accountable relationships empowered by the Holy Spirit so that they can mature in their faith and can replicate the process.”

If that is true, the work of discipleship is not done until the mentee becomes the mentor.  And although everyone who goes through a discipleship group will not lead a group, we still strive to empower everyone who is in the group to reproduce by replicating the process.

Remember the old adage: “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.”

Be intentional!  Equip your discipleship group to grow in their faith and then empower them to help equip others to grow in their faith!

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Tim Lafleur served as the campus minister for 20 years at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. He pastored various sized churches for 30 years, many even while at Nicholls. Tim was the Disciplemaking pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church for 4 years. He assisted in expanding the discipleship ministry from 12 the first year to over 1200 in 2015. He currently serves as the Equipping Pastor at Long Hollow Baptist Church to equip and empower members to do ministry. Tim is married to Chris LaFleur and has a four wonderful children, and ten amazing grandchildren (making holidays very fun exciting)! Tim enjoys reading books by John Piper, and pastor Robby Gallaty. His hobbies include watching the LSU tigers play or going fishing for the day. Brother Tim lives to be obedient to the call of God, and is reminded of God’s strength through his favorite passage of scripture, Colossians 1:28-29.