At the heart of vital congregations are maturing disciples of Jesus Christ. We believe that they are defined by:
At the core of making disciples of Jesus Christ who live out this definition is an intentional discipling process. While this will certainly include some Christian Education and perhaps even some small group structures, intentional discipleship must include some form of accountable relationships. These are the catalysts for Real Discipleship. The making of real disciples is at the foundation of church leadership training.
Current research has demonstrated over and over again that what we have been doing in relation to making disciples has not worked. There seems to be little difference in behaviors between those who call themselves disciples of Jesus Christ and those who are non-believers. (for more insight into this research see unChristian by Gabe Lyons or Growing True Disciples by George Barna)
To support the development of real disciples (those who are becoming like Jesus, not just learning about Jesus), Excellence in Ministry Coaching offers the following:
Membership to Discipleship Workshop
Phil Maynard led a “From Membership to Discipleship”training event for 30 pastors in the Mahoning Valley District (East Ohio Conference) that is already bearing fruit. The material is current, engaging, and easy to connect to our local contexts. Phil’s teaching style combines experience, wisdom, humor and a genuine authenticity enabling the pastoral leader see connections to their local context. Some of the pastors are utilizing his material in creative ways that will transform the church in the years to come. I celebrate the gift of his teaching and recommend his ministry and training without hesitation.
-Rev. Dan Bryant, Conference Superintendent in East Ohio (UMC) assigned to the Mahoning Valley District.
Discipleship Coaching Training
Discipleship Consultation and Coaching
At the heart of any congregation that is forming lives around the call of Jesus to ‘go, make disciples…’ is an intentional process of discipleship. While this will certainly include some Christian Education and perhaps even some small group structures, the core of intentional discipleship is accountable relationships. These are the catalysts for real discipleship.
Current research has demonstrated over and over again that what we have been doing in relation to making disciples has not worked. There seems to be little difference between those who call themselves disciples of Jesus Christ and those who are non-believers (for more insight into this research see unChristian by Gabe Lyons or Growing True Disciples by George Barna).
Phil Maynard (Director, Excellence in Ministry Coaching) has developed a process for consulting with and training congregations seeking to develop an intentional process for discipleship. This may include a variety of support based on the needs of the congregation, including:
- Consultation with Pastors/Discipleship teams in local congregations to evaluate current processes and effectiveness
- Training for discipleship teams/congregations related to personal discipleship development, including: factors influencing discipleship growth and models for accountable discipleship (small groups, one-on-one discipling relationships, triads, spiritual partnerships etc.)
- Evaluation of congregational needs for educational support based on a discipleship growth survey
- Equipping of Discipleship Coaches to support the process of intentional discipleship