LEADER NOTES FOR CRAIG ETHEREDGE MATERIAL
Even if you've led a discipleship group in another context (i.e. an R3 group), we highly suggest watching these videos to equip you to be a success understanding the vision, the format and the curriculum we are employing at The Heights.
4 MARKS OF A SUCCESSFUL DISCIPLESHIP GROUP
Every discipleship group will be a little bit different, as the process of disciple-making is organic and dynamic. However, there are some key attributes that must be found in any discipleship group if it is going to be successful (by "successful," we mean following Jesus's pattern with His disciples).
- Spiritual Transformation - following Jesus is not simply an academic pursuit. Your disciples should exhibit more and more fruits of the Spirit as you continue to meet and progressively develop a Christlike character. For an expanded understanding of how spiritual transformation takes place, click here.
- Life on Life - discipleship is not simply about information transmission. Your disciples should know that you genuinely love them - see 1 Thessalonians 2:8 and John 13:34-35.
- Equipped to share the gospel - Your disciples should be able to explain the Good News clearly and succinctly to anyone God brings in their path.
- Leads to Multiplication - Your disciples should have a full understanding of the Gospel Jesus preached - an understanding that includes our responsibility as Christ-follower to obey Jesus's command to make disciples - see Matthew 28:19-20.
FINISHING WELL - COMMISSIONING YOUR DISCIPLES
One of the most important aspects of leading your disciples well is how you finish. We have found it critical to have a time of commissioning - a formalized time where the expectation for them to go and make their own disciples and disciple-makers is made clear. You see Jesus do this with His disciples several times, including sending out the 72 (Luke 10:1-23), in the Upper Room (see John 17), and right before He ascends back to the Father (Matthew 28:19-20).
To help drive the point home, we have batons to give to your disciples. We feel strongly that giving that tangible reminder (the baton) to your disciples will help them continue the movement.
As schedules allow, we also like to have one of the pastors come to your commissioning time. To have a pastor come, please contact Chris Havard a few weeks in advance.
As you approach your final meeting, contact Lisa Cross to obtain your batons.
We hope these times of commissioning will be a normal occurrance for you for the rest of your life as you follow Jesus!