1. Will training be available for those seeking to disciple others?
The short answer is yes. The Bible tells us in the letter to the Corinthians, “ Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (2 Cor. 3:4-6) In truth, many of us feel un-equipped to disciple others not because we don’t know enough, but because we have never been discipled ourselves and thus don’t know what it looks like. The instructional video for those looking to disciple others, which is, in itself, another training resource, addresses this point. Additionally, we will offer instructional classes on discipleship periodically. Finally, our church staff is always available to equip you to answer Jesus’s commission to all of us in Matthew 28:18-20 when He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Please don’t let fear keep you from obedience.
2. How do I start or get connected to a 3D group?
Everything starts with ‘relationship’ and the responsibility here is yours. You must first recognize that we are all called to ‘…make disciples of all nations…’ which means we each share responsibility to do this. Second, you should understand that the church staff cannot manage every relationship of every member of the congregation. Therefore, you must take the initiative to reach out to others who might be in need of discipleship and offer your time. This will naturally and most effectively happen within your existing relationships, relationships you have already built inside of your Life Groups, within corporate worship, or outside of the church in your work places or social gatherings. You may also make your Life Group leaders and the church staff aware that you are available to disciple others should the need arise. Finally, you may always reach out to the Connect Desk in the back foyer for guidance and assistance.
3. What resources/materials do we use?
Well, you can never go wrong with the Bible. However, there are many instances where someone might seek discipleship for a particular topic such as prayer or marriage or parenting in which other resources may help guide you in Bible study. For this reason, we have compiled a “Recommended Resource List” that is broken down by topics and is available on our website. Beyond that, you may always consult with the church staff for additional recommendations.
4. How long does the discipleship process last?
3D stands for ‘Disciples Deliberately Duplicating’ so the answer to the question is simply when the person(s) who is/are being discipled is/are able to disciple another person over the same topic. Once that level of life application has been attained, both the discipler and the disciple are encouraged to move forward, both seeking another person to disciple.
5. Am I expected to participate in both 3D groups and Life Groups?
No, absolutely not. However, Spiritual growth will happen best when you engage both because Life Groups and 3D groups are geared a bit differently. Life Groups are more geared toward building community, serving one another and others, meeting needs and experiencing the Gospel together, whereas 3D groups are more geared toward targeted Spiritual discipleship and accountability. We really need both!
6. What should a discipleship group look like?
Ideally, it is 1-on-1 or 1-on-some meeting regularly to discuss a particular topic. You might choose to meet weekly or every other week but when you come together, it should be for the purpose of discussing the topic or study at hand and learning to apply what you learned to your daily lives. You might choose to do this over coffee, over lunch or simply when your schedules allow. This process is complete when the person(s) being discipled could then teach the same material to another person in need. Typically, men should disciple men and women should disciple women. However, there are times when both are necessary such as couples discipling couples.