One of the core ministries that God has greatly blessed in our church is the organized discipleship on Wednesday evenings. Not only are there new people continually being enrolled in discipleship and others completing the course, but the biblical grounding and personal mentoring that takes place during the weeks of discipleship continues to bear fruit in people’s lives years after they have finished.
At our church, we use the Continue discipleship book and have found it both helpful and fruitful.
But it’s not just having a course or a program that makes a discipleship program effective. It’s much more than that.
Discipleship, whatever means you may use, is one of the components of the Great Commission (“teaching them to observe all things,” Matthew 28:20). It is the responsibility of the local church to ground new Christians in the faith while teaching them how to grow in a daily walk with God.
So having an organized discipleship program is a good start, but it’s not enough. What are the characteristics of an effective discipleship program? (more…)