When you look at the equipping ministry of Jesus, and then consider common equipping practices today, it is clear that many of us have gaps in our approach. So much of our training merely informs people, leading them to gain more knowledge, but with little to no practice or real transformation in their lives. And, in most cases, they are unable to reproduce what they learn with anyone else. Looking at Jesus’ life and the way He equipped His disciples for everyday ministry, we see that He didn’t merely inform but He taught in a way that led to transformation.
I share some key principles in the video below that I’ve learned through the years around effective disciple-making, highlighting examples of how Jesus taught His disciples throughout the New Testament. The D.E.E.P.E.R. acronym (Demonstrate, Explain, Experience, Practice, Expose, and Repeat) lays out a proven process for developing disciple-making training that is reproducible, transferable, and sustainable. You are invited to consider your own current training methods, whether in discipling those in your church, parenting your kids, or on-boarding new employees at work, and how you can make them more holistic and effective.
Whether you are a parent making a discipleship plan for your kids, a church leader forming an overall discipleship strategy for your church, or a group leader who is wondering how to form and lead those in your community toward Jesus, it is important for us to be thoughtful and prayerful in developing a repeatable process for making disciples of Jesus who will also be able to make disciples of Jesus. We designed the new, 12-part Disciple-Making Pathway Video Series as a tool for you. (For a look inside the Disciple-Making Pathway content, download this free companion guide to the series.)
We’ve also included some bonus videos that lead you in developing D.E.E.P.E.R. training for disciples in the areas of: Listening to God; and Reading God’s Word.
We hope this video training will serve you well, providing helpful tools that enable you to build out your own unique disciple-making pathway in your church, group, or home.