Shepherding Ministry Venue: Discipleship
- A discipler teaches the sheep to follow the Chief Shepherd.
- A network of discipleship efforts may be most effective. (Scroll down)
- Disciplers' main objective should be to work themselves out of a job.
- To be most effective, disciplers must base what they do on the condition of the flock.
- Resources for Discipleship & Shepherding Ministry
A Network of Discipleship Efforts may be Most Effective:
As stated in the overview, shepherding may best be accomplished through a network of shepherds rather than by one individual. So it is within some of the specific venues, like discipleship.
The ideal may be to pair up each individual with someone who may disciple them but the reality is that a variety of discipleship options would provide a broader base of understanding and growth. Further, many people will be resistant to adding one more program to attend to their already busy schedules. Discipling others one-on-one can be very time intensive.
Discipleship can happen at a variety of levels in a number of ways:
Large Group Setting (over 35 people):
Mid-Size Group Setting (13-35 people):
Small Group Setting (3-12 people):
Individual - Personal Setting:
Involvement in these various settings will maximize discipleship. And of course, as you go down the list of discipleship settings you will need more shepherds to do the discipling. Though you may see the value of providing various settings for discipleship, recruiting and training the shepherds may seem like an overwhelming task. Peruse the staffing ministry section for equipping on recruitment and training.
In addition to this content, the Shepherding Ministry Manual also provides some pros and cons for each of the above settings to help you determine which might best suit your objective. It also includes a page with questions to help you further reflect on and evaluate your discipleship practices.