Planting Missional Churches 8: Discipleship

I’m doing a few series kind of interacting with and starting discussions about themes in some books on church planting. This series comes out of “Planting Missional Churches” by Ed Stetzer.

Stetzer has a good chapter on discipleship in a new church. And it seems to me that this is a neglected area of ministry in many church plants…

Rather than telling you what Stetzer suggests on this (read his book and you’ll find out!) I thought it would be interesting to see what you all do for discipleship. So here are the groundrules:

  • Don’t say your Sunday morning services. Not that discipling doesn’t happen there, but we’ll just assume that. But if you are doing something special on Sunday mornings to promote discipleship, share that.
  • Don’t say “small groups.” Not that discipling doesn’t happen there, but we’ll just assume that. If you are doing something special with your small groups to promote “discipleship” within them, share that.

So, what do you do to disciple people in your church?

A few things we do: We provide lot of tools to help people grow on their own. We give six personal bible studies every week, gave out a “spiritual disciplines” handbook in January, etc. We also try to use our blog, and have a “Forefront Leadership Podcast” that deals with discipleship kind of issues. We also have every staff member lead at least one Discipleship Group (same gender, four to eight people, study and accountability).

What do you do?

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