Today's activity – name 3-5 people you could disciple… and start doing it!
We all know the adage about quail hunting: aim at the covey and miss all the birds, but aim at one bird and you are more likely to bring it down. I find that often times we may have a similar situation when our group gets sizable (I'm talking number of people here). As a leader, we need to focus the bulk of our attention on a few people who can then help with the discipleship of the entire group (I almost replaced "discipleship" with "ministry" in this sentence. Ministry sounds so much nicer, but discipleship involves commitment). Although you are focusing the bulk of your time on fewer people, you will have better long term results because you will actually be making disciples.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Focus on fewer people;
- Make time in your schedule to share with them during the week;
- Disciple for mission and evangelism (they'll grow spiritually too);
- Have visible targets. Targets should include both length of time and personal growth… i.e. accountability!
- Give ministry away! In other words, turn these folks loose. You are making disciples, not establishing a fan club!
Need a resource or two? I would highly recommend "One on One With God" by Jerry and Marilyn Fine. This is an excellent and time proven resource that is fairly inexpensive and has a leader's guide. Plus, Jerry and Marilyn are disciplemakers themselves. I like to learn from those who are doing it!
For a companion blog for pastors, 31 Days to a Better Church, go to http://brettselby.com