Q & A With Art Barkley
Q. Our church has been reviewing the DTI ‘Tool For Personal Discipleship” for some time now and would like to start implementing Phase 1 with the Spiritual Mentoring process you promote; discipling believers one-on-one. Do you suggest the mentor cover all of the Phase 1 content with the mentee? How long should this take?
A. I’m very pleased to know of your interest in being used by the Lord to disciple others.
The answer is yes, we recommend covering all of the Phase 1 lessons in order, as the lessons are built upon each other, similar to a house being built on a foundation, then the walls, roof, etc..
The time involved is totally relative to the spiritual understanding and faithfulness of the disciple. Since each believer is “unique” we can’t make precise blanket statements, but we can make some general statements.
In the past few years I’ve spent considerable time with several believers who have listened intently, but have been very slow to allow the Lord to make practical application in their lives.
On the other hand, in a relatively short time some disciples have blossomed in a beautiful and fruitful way.
Our goal is not to simply instill knowledge, nor to try to form the disciple into a certain preconceived image, but rather to deepen their personal relationship with Him, and to help them to cooperate with Him, so that He can mold their life into a faithful and useful vessel that is available to Him for His purposes.
The pace of each disciple’s growth can vary considerably, as some will desire to proceed at a rapid pace, while other will prefer a slower pace.
And each believer has personal issues and past history that will probably need to be addressed, affecting the progress time.
When I am about to disciple a newer believer, I typically anticipate spending about a year with them going through Phase 1. Older believers may need a shorter time.
Watch this video explaining how to use the DTI Tool