My Christian education training included a course taught by Dr. Howard Hendricks called “Principles of Discipleship.” Eight of us met at 6:30 in the mornings (not an optimum time for my nocturnal seminary lifestyle). Class sessions were around a conference table, eyeball-to-eyeball, not in a lecture hall. That experience opened my eyes to how Jesus made disciples in the first century—and how that process impacts His Church today.
As the last session of that course drew to a close, Prof Hendricks gave us one final assignment: “When I visit your places of ministry,” he told us, “I’ll ask you only one thing—show me your disciples.” Each of us left that room stunned and silent, but inspired. It struck me that this is also Jesus’ parting “assignment” to His disciples— “Go and make disciples…” (Matthew 28:18-20).
This is part 2 in a 12 part Series on D.I.S.C.I.P.L.E.S.H.I.P. – Twelve Tips to help you become a more effective discipler of children.
I = Identify Potential Disciples
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
Have you ever invited someone to be discipled? If you truly want to be a discipler, you must understand that discipleship is not something that happens by accident. Your disciples are not hidden throughout the kids you minister to, they are children you can name. Yes, a true discipler can name their disciples. They have intentionally chosen to disciple someone as a follower of Christ.
The way I discovered this is almost embarrassing. Read the rest of this entry »
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God has given parents the primary responsibility of training their children. Help them learn discipleship techniques for their kids at home using the resources in this new area on DiscipleLand.com. The resources in this Parent Resources area provide ideas and tools to help parents learn discipleship techniques for their children at home.
Check out the helpful articles and tools available for parents!
This is part 1 in a 12 part Series on D.I.S.C.I.P.L.E.S.H.I.P. – Twelve Tips to help you become a more effective discipler of children.
D = Develop a Relationship
“And He walks with me and He talks with me;
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there;
None other has ever known.”
Every notice that Jesus’ primary method of discipleship was based upon relationships? Jesus didn’t establish schools, write curriculum, or host seminars. While He certainly did teach the masses – he discipled in relationship with those who were close to Him, and it was THOSE disciples who turned the world upside down after He left them. Read the rest of this entry »
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This may sound absurd, but looking at many Children’s Ministries, this is what you often see. Leaders who plan just one unit ahead and go from snazzy product to snappy program with no comprehensive plan for how they are going to MAKE DISCIPLES of children, not just reach, teach or entertain.
Solid Bible curriculums abound! But does teaching the Bible alone produce genuine disciples? Why is research showing that Christian kids growing up in the church (undoubtedly under the influence of many wonderful Christian education products) are abandoning their faith in junior high, high school and especially college?
Perhaps they were taught instead of discipled.
A close look at DiscipleLand will reveal that it is MUCH more than biblically solid Bible curriculum, but it is a comprehensive strategy for making disciples of children.
Get out of the curriculum Drive Through Lane and start making disciples.