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The Key Ingredient in God’s Personal Development Program

When we are presented with a problem, an opportunity, or a challenge, our instinct is to do something. Even Nike has adopted as its company slogan, “just do it.” Words like “action” and “proactive” fill our modern-day books and teaching on leadership and management. The fact is, few of us would attribute concepts like waiting and patience with the image …

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Discipleship Myth: Small Equals Deep; Large Equals Shallow

It is not by simple coincidence that many of the largest churches in America are also tagged as some of the most shallow when it comes to their teaching and doctrinal conviction. Clearly, as the size of a church congregation grows, there is always the danger that the complexity and nature of discipleship will also grow. It seems to be …

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The Future of Online Schools [Infographic]

From ChurchTechToday.com … No longer confined by location, you can obtain a degree from the school of your choice in almost any topic. This opens great possibilities of continued education for church staff and volunteers. As you look over the following infographic, consider how far education has come. Note the trends toward interactive education and how the church could approach ministry …

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Why The Church Relies on Curriculum Rather Than Mentorship

Karl Vaters offers some interesting thoughts concerning discipleship: “What discipleship curriculum do you recommend for small churches?” I get asked that question a lot. And my answer almost always disappoints the questioner. Mentoring is better than curriculum. Especially for discipleship. Discipleship isn’t primarily about knowing theology and memorizing verses–as important as that is. The essence of discipleship is, as Paul …

Eight Steps to More Effective Discipleship

A recent podcast from Thom Ranier highlighted 8 Steps that will help improve a church’s discipleship process. The steps include: Lead by example. Focus on content, application, and accountability. Ensure evangelism is part of the process. Church attendance is a good start but it’s not everything. It takes time and patience to change the discipleship DNA of established churches. Personal mentoring …

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Are Equipping Classes the Enemy of Small Groups?

Mark Howell Sees “5 Commitments That Propel and Sustain a Thriving Small Group Ministry.” Here’s a summary of his five commitments: Connecting everyone to a small group is a top objective every year. Small group membership is an essential step in the strategy. Small group ministry is designed to make disciples. Significant investment in leadership development is a priority. The …

New Online Class Attempts to Bring Mentorship via Distance Learning

Chris’ Take: Here’s a new online discipleship program. I can’t vouch for the content quality, but it’s interesting to see folks begin attempting to develop a mentoring process through an online platform. Education is about gathering knowledge; it’s important, but impotent. Mentoring is about gathering wisdom, and it’s essential. When the right knowledge and the proven wisdom join forces in your …

Discipleship Curricula Evaluation Rubric

Criteria 50 40 30 20 Score Discipleship Curriculum is well organized and prepared             Discipleship Curriculum is biblically based   The curriculum requires extensive interaction with the Bible         Discipleship Curriculum is designed with a scope and sequence and scalable   The instruction covers the major doctrines of the Christian faith and …