Introduction: Essential Components of Discipleship Training
Do we have the courage, faith and passion to multiply disciples, who will go and make disciples in the way of Jesus? Discipling in the way of Jesus brings transformation, but it requires us to walk in an intimate relationship with Him moment by moment depending on the Holy Spirit and the truth of His Word. The essential components of discipleship-mission training that we’ve identified below were developed to help leaders working with us globally.
The teachings explore the many layers of being in relationship with Christ. The first six teachings are focused on personal spiritual formation, and the last three teachings are focused on reaching others.
In our Global Disciple Training programs around the world, as each component is taught, space is given for reflection and self-evaluation to help the participants see in which areas they may be struggling to know where they need to focus on their spiritual journey.
Growing as Disciples of Jesus
Knowing Jesus Christ and making Him known is the responsibility of every disciple, and it must be the top priority in life. Nothing compares to knowing Him as our Saviour, Redeemer, and Lord of our life. For the sake of knowing Christ, Paul not only considered everything to be lost—he actually lost all things. Because of his allegiance to Christ, he lost everything he had. He considered any possessions or worldly pleasures as “rubbish” or garbage so that he could gain Christ. Even if Paul knew Christ personally and intimately, it is clear that he wanted to know Him more. (Philippians 3:12-14; John 14)
As we get to know Him more, our love for Him increases; as our love for Him increases, our obedience to Him grows; when we obey Him, we are abiding in Him and that will bring forth fruit; when we are bringing forth fruit, we are fulfilling life’s purpose and glorifying God.
The following are a summary of the nine components that Global Disciples includes in each of their discipleship-mission trainings.
9 Essential Components of Discipleship Training
- Intimacy with God: Knowing and Loving Him
- Holy Spirit Empowerment
- Right Relationships
- Biblical Truth: Allowing the Word of God to Speak to Us
- Dying to Self: Surrendering All and Receiving Abundant Life
- The Kingdom & the Church: Participating in God’s Redemptive Activity
- Evangelism and Compassion
- World Mission: Reaching Least-Reached People
- Multiplying Disciple-Makers and Churches
We invite you to follow along and be encouraged and challenged to live your life in response to Christ’s Great Commission of following him and discipling others along the way.