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Individual Application

Deciding to become a disciple or disciple-maker is a big decision that will not only impact your life, but the lives of others for generations.  Just like no two people are the same, no two stories about how you came to know Jesus and your journey to know him better are the same.  With that being said, we hope the steps below will help you get started in a disciple-making relationship no matter where you are on your faith journey!

I want to be discipled
  1. The first step is to pray that the Lord will lead you to the right person to ask to disciple you.
  2. Order a copy of The Four Priorities if you do not already own it and read the Introduction which explains what it means to be a disciple. The goal is for the person who is discipling you to teach you how to live life the Christian way, as illustrated by Jesus, and model it out for you so that you then have the knowledge and skills to teach someone else how to live the Christian life.
  3. In order to ask someone to disciple you, you need to be willing to be Faithful, Available and Teachable (FAT). Determine if you possess these qualities.  If yes, proceed.  If no, pray for the Lord to develop these characteristics in you.  We would recommend you wait to ask someone to disciple you until you can honestly say you see these qualities being developed in yourself.
    • Faithful – Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Do you desire to grow in your faith?
    • Available – Do you have the time and energy to commit to a disciple-making relationship?
    • Teachable – Do you desire to learn from another?
  4. Look for someone (men with men, women with women, married couples with couples) who demonstrates:
    • A love for Jesus
    • A commitment to follow His Word
    • A willingness to be prepared to make disciples
    • Mature in his/her faith
  5. Once you have identified someone who demonstrates those characteristics, ask him/her to meet with you so you can ask them to disciple you.
    • If that person has discipled someone before, you all should talk about starting the disciple-making process and pray about it together. If both people are committed to beginning, grab your Bible and your copy of The Four Priorities  and get started!
    • If that person has never discipled anyone before, have them order a copy of The Four Priorities  and read the introduction, the section in the appendix called “How To Make A Difference For Christ Using This Book” and the steps below titled “I am ready to be a disciple-maker,” so they can become familiar with what it really means to disciple someone else and how to do it.  It will be up to that person to determine if he/she is ready to disciple you.  If so, great!  Grab your Bible and copy of The Four Priorities and start the process that will change your life!  If not, that is ok.  Continue praying for the Lord to bring the right person into your life for you to ask and go back to number 4 and begin thinking of someone else.
I want to disciple someone else
  1. The first step is to pray that the Lord will lead you to the right person to disciple.
  2. Order a copy of The Four Priorities  if you do not already own it and read the Introduction which explains what it means to be a disciple. The goal is for you to teach your disciple how to live the Christian life, as illustrated by Jesus, and model it out for him/her so that they develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to teach someone else how to live the Christian life.
  3. Because you will be investing a lot of time and energy into the person you disciple, it is important for that person to be Faithful, Available and Teachable (FAT).
    • Faithful – Has he/she accepted Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Savior? Does he/she desire to grow in his/her faith?
    • Available – Does he/she have the time and energy to commit to a disciple-making relationship?
    • Teachable – Does he/she desire to learn from another?
  4. It is also important for you as the disciple-maker to evaluate yourself. Do you meet the following criteria:
    • Do you love Jesus?
    • Are you committed to following His Word?
    • Do you have a willingness to make disciples?
    • Do you have a solid faith foundation?
  5. Meet with the person(s) you have identified as potential disciples. Discuss with them what a discipleship relationship looks like to you, why it is important and try to understand his/her desire to engage in a disciple-making relationship with you.
  6. Clearly convey the expectations of a discipleship relationship:
    • Intentional Participants: Each person you disciple should have a willingness to commit, on the front end, to disciple two people per year. As a disciple-maker, your time is valuable, therefore, if you invest your time into another person, that person should be willing to make the same commitment to others (and request the same commitment form those they disciple).  Otherwise the cycle will stop with the person you disciple.
    • Meet Weekly: Frequency in meeting helps with accountability and follow-through.
    • Come Prepared: The discipleship relationship is a mutually transforming relationship. The disciple-maker and the disciple should arrive having read the chapter and be ready to actively discuss the insights gained through the study and application of the material.
    • Consistent Application: Both the disciple-maker and the disciple should leave the meeting time committed to applying the lessons learned in each chapter.
  7. After completing Priorities 1 and 2 in The Four Priorities, give your disciple an opportunity to lead the meeting. This will aid in building confidence and skills in their training to become disciple-makers.
  8. Once you complete The Four Priorities, set your disciple loose to start their own discipleship relationships!  Pray for him/her and check in periodically.  Then you should begin looking for someone else to disciple.  Again, keep finding that person a matter of prayer and make sure that person is FAT (Faithful, Available and Teachable).