Structured discipleship with coaching produces replicable disciple-makers
Our communities are in desperate need of hope and peace through Jesus, so every church needs to ask two questions. The first is, “What is our plan for making disciples?” and the second is, “Is it working?
Unfortunately, many Christians and even some ministers have never experienced intentional discipleship. That makes it very unlikely that our congregations are equipped and confident to disciples other people.
The immediate consequence for our congregations is diminished spiritual growth that often leads to internally focused values, mission drift, a lack of conversions, and a perception of irrelevance out in the community.
The Discipleship component of our program requires two consecutive years of participation in a group that hones the student’s relational and teaching skills by practicing Biblical models, concepts, and behaviors.
Discipleship courses make up 6 of the 42 units required to earn the Certificate in Ministry. Over the course of the two years, students participate in more than 100 clock hours of discipleship activities.
Our model emphasizes discipleship that is grounded in rhythms Jesus modeled during his life and ministry. This strategy prepares students to share the Gospel and guide others in the pursuit of spiritual growth.
Jesus moved in and out of three major life rhythms; 1) He enjoyed life with God, 2) together with others, 3) for the good of the world. This is the framework 4CMI uses to encourage and empower students to disciple.
We invest one year to model and promote discipleship that helps students develop healthy spiritual rhythms. We dedicate the second year to coaching them as they lead the discipleship model for others.
First-year discipleship communities are led by mature volunteers who share our passion for discipleship and the generational impact that effective spiritual leadership can produce in our communities.
Disciple-making requires disciple-makers