Discipleship

Get discipled

Become a Discipler

Purpose

Discipling is a one-on-one relationship in which a discipler helps a disciple reach his God-given potential. Discipling another man is a supportive relationship that focuses on the discipler’s agenda and includes providing practical life experience and whole-life counsel. Discipleship should be considered a deep, long-term relationship that focuses on the disciple’s needs rather than merely a short-term commitment to content mastery.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain consistent spiritual disciplines regarding your personal walk with Christ  (Bible study, prayer, scripture memory, church attendance).
  • Regularly pray for the ministry and the disciple with whom you meet.
  • Take the initiative to faithfully meet with your disciple throughout the entirety of your discipling relationship.
  • Follow up on specific needs of your disciple through prayer, counsel, encouragement, visitation, referral or other appropriate aspects of discipling.
  • Commit to discussing problematic issues with the ministry director as they arise.
  • Commit to the discipling relationship for a minimum of one year.
  • Keep sensitive information about your disciple in strict confidence except as noted in the training that you receive from your coordinator.
  • Be accountable to the ministry directors and church leadership including the elders.

Guidelines for Discipling

  • Immediately respond to your disciple’s initial contact.
  • Meet a minimum of once a month, but ideally two to four times each month.
  • If meeting only one or two times per month, call your disciple between meetings to check up.
  • Pray for your disciple, especially in areas of concern.
  • Seek to meet his needs rather than expecting him to meet yours.
  • Share your experiences in the light of God’s truth and how He has taught you.  Be careful of simply imparting your opinions.
  • Impart life skills worth copying.  People are attracted to models.  (Philippians 4:9; 2 Timothy 3:10-11)
  • Teach and model principles and characteristics from scripture.
  • Help, counsel, and deal with problem areas.
  • Make sure you are making progress.  Check up regularly with your disciple and ask, “Are we on track with where you want to go?”
  • Find practical projects to do together, either home; family-related tasks; or activities related to ministry.

Training and Development

  • Complete the required discipler training.
  • Attend occasional ministry gatherings for community building, leadership development, and continuing education.

Willie Hutson // 214.914.8626 // whutson@dentonbible.org

Gordon Nickell // 940.297.6818 // gnickell@dentonbible.org