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Are you discipling the people who work alongside you?
In local church ministry, people can so easily focus on caring for the congregation that they overlook the people they work alongside every day. But ministry leaders, especially pastors, must be intentional with those who serve under them, just as Jesus was.
Why Disciple Staff?
Why did Jesus walk with twelve men more closely than the masses? Why did he choose to walk even closer with three? Jesus wanted to have a long-lasting impact on a few men who would go on to replicate the process.
Every Christ-follower is a result of what Jesus began with his disciples. Multiplication is certainly a key result of making disciples, but so is spiritual growth. And community and accountability are essential in spiritual maturation.
How Do We Disciple Staff?
While discipling staff takes a somewhat different approach than discipling a new believer or a group, the principles of basic disciple making still apply: (1) reading Scripture, (2) sharing what God is teaching, (3) memorizing God’s Word, and (4) praying with and for one another.
Here is a practical plan applying these principles to disciple a local church staff of any size and context.
- Meet weekly. If possible, try not to add another meeting to the schedule. Instead, maximize the time you already spend together. Use some of your meeting to focus on the Word and prayer.
- Plan what you will read, share, and memorize each week. Pick something that coincides with the sermon or Bible study to maximize the study time each week. Likewise, choose a passage or passages to memorize together and have one or two recite the selection each time you meet.
- Be accountable. Ask folks on your team, in the context of your relationship with them, if they are in the Word, repenting of sin, and leading their families.
- Challenge the staff to replicate what happens in your group. Encourage each staff member to disciple their own staff or group of volunteers, whether they follow the same plan or make one that best fits their group.
The Fruit of Discipling Staff
A discipled staff grows closer to one another. With accountability and community, team members find a greater sense of sharing one another’s burdens and celebrating one another’s victories. As team members replicate this process with their own staffs or volunteers, whole ministries can grow together. Differences among believers can be divisive, but a discipleship relationship can forge an authentic unity within a staff as each member is increasingly conformed to the image of Christ.
As you engage with your staff walking through God’s Word, sharing how God is working, and memorizing Scripture, you will find yourselves growing in incredible strength and unity.
Find more discipleship resources—articles, discipleship-focused study notes, the F260 Reading Plan, H.E.A.R. journaling spaces, and more—in the