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A Goal of Personal Discipleship is to Help the Newer Believer Through the Transition from Habitual Living in Self-reliance to Habitual Living in God-reliance

1. Why Disciple?

2. Who Are We?

3. Is There Any Financial Cost to You?

4. Can Lessons Be Used and/or Copied?


1. Why Disciple?

To help a believer through the transition from the habit of daily living in “self-reliance” to the habit of daily living in “God-reliance”. In other words, to make the transition from “leaning on one’s own understanding” to “trusting in the Lord with all one’s heart and in all ways acknowledging Him”.

(See graphic above for #1-4.)

#1. Represents the “unsaved” period of time (spiritually dead to God) in the person’s life, from physical birth to spiritual birth. During this period “self-reliance” becomes a habit of everyday living, a way of life.

#2. Represents the “Evangelism” stage, culminating in the event of salvation, at which time the person passes from being spiritually dead to being spiritually alive to God.

#3. Represents the “Spiritual Parenting” stage, i.e. the critical formative period of time in which the Christian needs to be “spiritually parented” (discipled) through the first steps of learning to increasingly live in daily reliance on the Holy Spirit.

#4. Represents the process of “sanctification”, i.e. having been discipled, the believer now has a basic understanding of the Master-servant relationship and the need to follow the Holy Spirit, so as to continue being led and transformed by Him. ANTICIPATED RESULT OF DISCIPLESHIP = SPIRITUAL MATURITY, FRUITFULNESS and SPIRITUAL REPRODUCTION

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2. Who Are We?

Art & Toni Barkley became Christians in 1961 in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1964 they entered the New Tribes Mission "Boot Camp" training. Then in 1970 they, along with their two sons, ages 5 & 7, traveled to Bolivia, South America to serve as missionaries to jungle tribes. They continued serving with New Tribes Mission until 1991, when the Lord changed the direction of their ministry. He arranged for Art to spend the next 7-1/2 years as an associate pastor at Reno Christian Fellowship (RCF) in Reno, Nevada. During that period, God took Art through a learning experience in the area of discipleship. In March of 1999, Art resigned his position at RCF in order to focus his attention on promoting discipleship concepts and the training of disciplers in Reno, Bolivia and wherever God would lead them.  Art & Toni continue to live in Reno, where Toni disciples and counsels women.

Adam Barkley grew up in Bolivia, So. America, where his parents (Art and Toni) served with New Tribes Mission (NTM). Adam graduated from the NTM school (Tambo) in 1981, and then from the NTM Bible Institute in Waukesha, WI. Since February of 2000, Adam has ministered at the First Baptist Church in Gardnerville, Nevada; eight years as the Senior Pastor, and presently as the Residential Shepherding Pastor. Adam has a passion for seeing believers grow to a mature fruitful relationship with the Lord. He pursues this in both his ministry as a pastor and in ministries with DTI.

Leo Castro was born and raised in Santiago, Chile. His Christian journey started in 1984 in San Jose, CA. In 1985 Leo met Alvina who he married in 1989. Leo graduated from Trinity Ministries in San Jose, CA in 1992 with a degree in Counseling and Theology, and received his ordination as a minister at the same time. He has been involved in different ministry positions, serving as an Elder, Chaplain, Youth Pastor and Associate Pastor in San Jose. After moving to Reno, NV Leo served as an Associate Pastor at Pathway Christian Church. Leo also served as the Senior Pastor at Iglesia Cristiana Summit from 2005 to July of 2013. Today, Leo is the Senior Pastor and founder of Iglesia Eternidad (Eternity Church) in South Reno. Iglesia Eternidad’s mission is to glorify God by equipping every believer to fulfill the Great Commission. Leo’s involvement with DTI began in 2008 with a request for information from the DTI web site. After meeting with Frank Meitz, they decided to commence the TTT (Train The Trainers) initiative at Iglesia Summit. After starting the new church in the month of July of 2013, it was decided that the discipleship program needed to be a vital part of the new DNA at Iglesia Eternidad. Today, the new church has a group of people that gather every Friday night to continue equipping the believer. Leo, along with a couple of Hispanic disciples has traveled to Chile and Cuba to participate in the DTI Training ministry. In his spare time, Leo and Alvina love kayaking, biking, reading, and being with their two boys (Leonard and Jordan), and dog Thorne (a Smooth Fox Terrier). Leo has been motorcycling since 1977. Leo and his family have resided in Reno, Nevada for the past 13 years.

Jerry Cole has been in ministry for more than 35 years. As a pastor, Jerry used the DTI material and the philosophy of personal discipleship in growing the church. He sees personal discipleship or spiritual parenting as the key to a healthy church. Jerry says that every sermon, Bible study or Biblical presentation he has ever prepared, has one or more of the basic elements of the DTI material. So much so, Jerry has recently written a book title, The Course. One of its themes centers on discipleship. Jerry is currently a Discipleship Trainer for DTI and an International Advocate for Missions Door to Haiti. Jerry says, “My mission in life is to simply tell people about Jesus.” Jesus’ command is to “Make Disciples”.

Evan Gannon accepted Christ as Saviour on January 21, 1995, and began attending Reno Christian Fellowship in Reno, Nevada. Evan was introduced to Art Barkley in 1997 and was personally discipled by Art.  Evan made a Lordship decision after learning from Art about Christ’s desire to be more than Saviour, but also Lord.  From that time forward, Evan actively attended Art’s Sunday morning class, and his desire to personally disciple others has continued to grow, resulting in the discipling of Church leaders, small groups and individuals. Evan moved from Reno to Dayton, Nevada in 2010. He is currently training Disciplers in two Dayton Churches and working with two men one on one and leading Bible study classes.

John Hill's first church experience was in the Presbyterian Church in Casper Wyoming.  In 1956 he went to The College of Idaho where he met the love of his life TJ. His key work and church experience has been an up and down adventure with a great opportunity to work full time in the Boy Scouts of America, building up the young men of the nation to live a life based on moral values.  He and TJ moved to Portland to serve with the Columbia Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts.  John was ordained as an elder in the Kenilworth Presbyterian Church in Portland, Oregon in 1964. In 1968 they moved to The Snake River Area Council in Twin Falls, Idaho where he served as the Director of Finance until 1971. When John looks back on his life it is evident that God was at work shaping him into what He wanted not what John was trying to achieve.  In 1968 John and TJ moved to Carson City, Nevada, and got involved with a men’s Bible study.  They were then led to Covenant Presbyterian Church in Reno where they recently led a class on The Five love Languages. Four years ago at a weekend Men’s Retreat at Lake Tahoe, John and the men of Covenant invited DTI to present their “Spiritual Parenting” model of discipleship to the group. Following that weekend the men, including the pastor, decided to meet weekly studying “The Tool” with Evan Gannon from DTI who faithfully arrived at Covenant at 6:00 AM every Monday for 18 months.  This has forever changed the way John looks at relationships.  It is a heart changing process that has far reaching effects on a greater scale than just the ones that go through it.

Frank and Jeannette Meitz decided when they married in 1995 that their relationship would include God. As a preacher’s kid, Jeannette had accepted the Lord early in her life. Frank was raised Catholic, yet did not understand salvation and a personal relationship with the Lord until they spent the first four years of their marriage participating in, and then leading, a Bible Study. Their experiences also included several short-term mission trips. In 2004 the Lord led Frank and Jeannette to begin attending Reno Christian Fellowship in Reno, Nevada. A few months later they started attending Art and Toni Barkley’s Sunday Discipler Training class. The Holy Spirit gave them ideas of how to assist the DTI ministry, such as developing a user-friendly CD-ROM (that people worldwide request from the DTI Internet website). In 2006 they attended the “Perspectives” Missions class, which highlighted for them the importance of “spiritual parenting” new believers. After participating in the first DTI “Train The Trainers” workshop in Ensenada, Mexico, Frank clearly heard the Lord telling him to join Art as a full-time volunteer. He resigned from his 24-year position as a Technology Trainer, and on January 1, 2007, began serving as Director of Operations and spearheading the “Train the Trainers” branch of the DTI ministry.

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3. Is There Any Financial Cost to You?

Well, the truth of the moment is, NO.

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4. Can Lessons Be Used and/or Copied?

Anyone is free to reproduce this material and distribute it, but it may not be altered or sold under any circumstances without the author's consent.

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