Effective personal discipleship (spiritual parenting), similar to raising children, can be a slow process, because it takes time for a newer believer to comprehend, internalize and then impart to others the Biblical concepts contained in these discipleship materials. Our DTI team is available to help you along the way, so please don't hesitate to contact us.
Following are some recommendations on how to effectively use the DTI "A Tool For Personal Discipleship" based on your "role." You will find additional resources on this web site to help you along the way
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I am a Pastor/Leader and want to better understand Biblical discipleship.
Prayerfully go through Phase 2 of these discipleship materials.
I am a Pastor/Leader and want to mentor believers in my church to disciple others.
- Prayerfully select a small group of leaders that you consider "faithful," and lead them through Phase 2.
- Then take the same group through Phase 1. As you progress, most likely some will feel motivated by the Holy Spirit to start mentoring (spiritual parenting) newer (immature) believers through Phase 1.
- To assist them in discipling, have them review the guidelines found in Lesson 2-5.
I am a mature believer and want to mentor a new(er) believer.
- Read and carefully consider the guidelines in Lesson 2-5.
- Prayerfully go through, with the disciple, the two lessons in the Disciple Assessment section to help diagnose the spiritual maturity level of the believer.
- Begin the mentoring process using Phase 1.
I am a believer who has not been mentored and desire to better understand the Christian life.
- Prayerfully seek a mature believer who you respect, and who would be willing to meet with you at least once a week to take you through Phase 1.
- If you cannot find another believer to personally mentor you, prayerfully read 5 Biblical Concepts, then start through Phase 1 on your own, writing down questions that come to mind.
- Hopefully a church leader or mature Christian will be able to satisfactorily answer your questions.
I have a one-time opportunity to spend with a believer, for example, on a trip or in a jail ministry, etc.
Prayerfully go through the 5 Biblical Concepts with the believer.
Preference should be given to using these lessons on a one-to-one basis, although they can also be used effectively in a class setting. For most Christians the lessons will need detailed explanation. These lessons are not designed to be simply read through like a newspaper, but rather to be personalized by the discipler, and to serve as a means to stimulate dialog and address spiritual issues that need to be understood in order for each Christian to be an effective and useful tool in His hands.