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Life Group Leader Resources

Effective Discipleship

Posted August 2, 2011 Andrew Feil

The Well desires to be a place that is intentional about discipleship. To that end we strive to share best practices with you as leaders in our church. Barna Group conducted research amoung a large group of churches and found some common themes that made for effective disciple-making. We hope you will take some time to reflect on this list and evaluate how your Life Group and your Life Group leading is focused on discipleship. We all have a long way to go, but this is a great place to start.

  1. The leaders had a passion for making disciples.
  2. Depth: Personal growth and spiritual reproduction were one and the same.
  3. Maturity: The end product was for a person to reach his or her highest earlthy potential in Christ.
  4. Practice: The repeated acting of the will created habits and therefore, character.
  5. Process: Discipleship is not a destination but a journey. The process is lifelong and one must be patient.
  6. Interactive: Discipleship is done in community, not isolation.
  7. Multifaceted: The process incorporates a variety of thrusts toward building us up in Christ.
  8. Lifelong: Every day of life for all of life. Don't think program, trust the process.
  9. Christ-like: The marker is Jesus, being formed into his image; all else is a waste of effort.