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Discipleship & Groups
In the early and mid-twentieth century, those who first joined the Pentecostal ranks sought an experience reflecting their Biblical understanding. Public education had biblical teaching in its curriculum, and church attendance was normative. Early records show that many joined Pentecostal ranks from Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian backgrounds looking for something more. Despite the removal of…...
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One of the questions I get from Pastors is how they can move the pendulum to be more focused on discipleship in their church.  I’d like to give you a few ideas about how that’s possible.  Model it without announcing it. Don’t stand on stage and tell people what you are going to do.  Quietly…...
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There are various aspects that a church leadership team should consider in order to implement a culture of disciple-making in the local church. Here are a few of them. Clear Structure An understanding of the structures of the church. This includes the accountability structures of a pastor, board, elders, staff, etc. It also includes the…...
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How do we care and help people on the journey to fully developing as followers of Jesus?  I don’t believe there is a silver bullet answer but perhaps a combination of several factors. Recognize Spiritual Birthing is a process Seed (1 Pet 1:23, John 3:9)Formed Inside (Gal 4:19)Birthed (Colossians 1:27, Colossians 3:4, 1 John 3:2)…...
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For years, the local church has focused on developing a way to assimilate people who begin attending their church into participants in their church. Depending on how a church is setup, the metaphor of bases, tracks, pathways, classes, or stages is used.The journey can begin with meeting church leadership, an introduction to the mission, vision,…...
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Discipleship In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus gave his disciples the mandate to go and make other disciples.  To transfer His way of thinking, His way of living/behaving, and His heart attitude through teaching, modeling, and practice – to others – just as he had with them.  History tells us that the early disciples made disciples, and we see this…...
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Biblical marriage is the bedrock of the family, which is the foundation upon which a successful society is built. As leaders, it is important to invest in strengthening marriages in our churches. Here are some common practices when it comes to strengthening marriage beyond offering sermon series on the topic. Pre-Marital Classes It’s vital to…...
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Whether you go to church or not we all want one thing. A tribe to belong to. A group to call your own. People who are more than just acquaintances, neighbors, coworkers, or fellow church goers. People who you love to be with and love to be with you. People you can trust and depend…...
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Mini-Groups: Are clusters of three or four people meeting to intentionally encourage and walk-through growth in a specific area. These groups run throughout the year and vary in the frequency of meetings. What happens in a Mini-Group: Meeting in Mini-Group provides a safe environment for people to explore a specific area of their life on…...
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The term “discipleship path” means different things to different people.   For some, it means getting a person connected, involved, contributing, and leading in a church.  For others, it means getting a person saved, baptized, maybe Spirit Baptized, growing and living out their faith, then pouring into others who are on the same trajectory.  Or…...
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