On a recent episode of the Making Disciples Podcast, Robby and Chris discussed the idea of breaking your church calendar up into smaller chunks. Many of us view January as the “kick off” time for the year, but for a lot of people in our churches, August/September is that time. School is starting back up, so a lot of people are excited to establish new routines. Should we consider this for our church calendar as well?
If you are pastor, why not make August the month you start a discipleship group? You’ll have a few months of regular meetings before we all get busy with the holidays. You can then start strong in January when you regroup with your people. As you get excited about discipleship, so will your staff. As your staff does, so will your people. If you are unsure of where to start, we highly recommend the Discipleship Jumpstart as a way to get up to speed on the basics.What you celebrate from the pulpit is what people will cultivate. Click To Tweet
If you aren’t a pastor, you can still start your own group. Begin praying today about 3-4 people you could invest in over the next few months. At Replicate, we’ve got a number of resources to help you out. We recommend you start with Growing Up. A link to purchase will be below.
As we head into the fall season, the leaves will be turning and the temperature will be dropping. Take this opportunity to slow down, spend time with God in solitude, and pray how God would use you and your ministry to impact your city.
Growing Up: How to Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples
One day my life changed forever. What was the turning point? I realized the importance and power of discipleship. Two men took the time to invest in my life (David Platt--author of Radical and Follow Me, as well as the Foreword of my book--and Tim Lafleur). Since then I have read nearly every book on discipleship, searching for answers to my questions. Now I want to share my findings with you. Growing Up takes the guesswork out of growing closer to the Lord and equipping others to do the same.
I think I’m a lot like you. There was a time in my life when I wanted to grow in my faith but just didn’t know how.
* I owned a Bible, but didn’t understand it.
* I heard others pray, but didn’t know how to communicate with God.
* I wanted to share my faith with others, but didn’t know where to start.
* I had friends at Church, but lacked deep relationships with anyone.
* I wanted to hide God’s word in my heart, but lacked a plan for memorization.
* I read the Scriptures, but didn’t know how to apply them.
Maybe this is where you are today.
One day my life changed forever. What was the turning point?
I realized the importance and power of discipleship.
Now I want to share my findings with you. Growing Up takes the guesswork out of growing closer to the Lord and equipping others to do the same. This book has the potential to change your life!In Growing Up, you will learn:
- Three essential relationships every believer must be fostering;
- How to begin, lead, and reproduce a D-Group (i.e., Discipleship Group);
- Why a D-Group of 3 to 5 is more effective than an 1-on-1 relationship;
- A proven method for HEARing from God;
- One spiritual discipline that every disciple should be practicing;
- Six questions every believer MUST be able to answer;
- The difference between an addition and multiplication strategy;
- Answers to commonly asked questions about disciple-making;
and much, much more!
Do not read this book and then discard it. As a manual for making disciples, Growing Up is a resource that you can use for years to come.
* Underline in it.
* Write in the margins.
* Interact with it.
* Meditate on it.
How can I promise that this book will change your Life?
- This book is built on solid biblical principles. God’s Word, which He promised would never return void, imparts faith and produces a life change.
- These principles have been tried and tested over the past decade in various discipleship groups.
- My life has been impacted immensely through discipling relationships. I share my story of how God radically saved me from a life of drugs and alcohol in Chapter 1.
Grow In Your Walk with Christ–Defend Your Faith–Lead Others in the Journey!