Quick Start Recommendations for Using the "Tool"
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 read the four sections and watch the teaching videos in the Redefining Discipleship section of the App.
I am a Pastor/Leader and desire that faithful men and women in my church disciple others.
- After prayerfully selecting a group of mentors-to-be that you consider "faithful," lead them through the Phase 2 Mentor Training section of the App.
- Then take the same group and review the lessons in Phase 1 Understanding the Christian Life. As you progress, most likely some will feel motivated by the Holy Spirit to start mentoring (spiritual parenting) newer (immature) believers using Phase 1.
- To assist them in the logistics of discipling others, have them review the section, The Practical Aspects of Making Disciples in Phase 2.
I am a mature believer and want to mentor a new(er) believer.
- Read and carefully consider the guidelines in the Phase 2 Mentor Training section of the App.
- Prayerfully go through, with the disciple, the two lessons in the Mentee Assessment section to help diagnose their spiritual maturity level, then begin mentoring them using Phase 1 of the App.
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.