Discipleship is an integral part of Christianity. Jesus showed the way to make more disciples and help the world become a better place. The best way to grow the reach is by forming an intentional community of people who want to imbibe the teaching and values of Christianity. But mentoring a discipleship group requires more than commitment and conviction. You have to teach and nurture the people in your community to transform them into more mature Christians. Here are some effective measures to mentor a discipleship group effectively.
Understand your strengths
As a mentor, you must understand your strengths and work on your weaknesses. Everything boils down to good preparation to play a leadership role. Know the type of leader you are naturally by digging deeper into your good and bad qualities. Focusing on yourself first is crucial because it is the only way you can guide others confidently. Search your heart through reflection and prayer, and God will show you the way ahead.
Choose apt content to educate
Choosing relevant content to educate your disciple group is an equally significant aspect of discipleship. It gets easy if you know the group well before beginning because you will be in a better place to decide the best passages to teach them. Even if you don’t know them well, make efforts to understand what would be most beneficial to them. Avoid picking random passages but ask yourself what will be right for the age and stage of the people in the group. Studying the Bible is the best option as all passages or studies can be fruitful.
Go the extra mile with training
Although you may be great at your work, mentoring people is a different ball game. Consider taking up a discipleship training program before leading a group. Formal training helps you dive into deep lessons, develop your skills, and share experiences. It also enables you to consolidate your strengths and address your weaknesses to become a better leader in the long run.
Facilitate rather than dominate
Even as you lead a group of learners, do not try to dominate them. Your role is that of a facilitator of God’s work, so be humble in your mission. Start by working on your body language and conversation. This way, people will be happier to listen and stick with your group as followers. Be authentic and warm, just like a friend rather than a leader. Involve the group members more by encouraging them to share thoughts and experiences.
Let disciples lead
After establishing your group, you must give the disciples an opportunity to lead. This way, followers are likely to hold their interest in discipleship because they have a more proactive role. Ensure you treat everyone as equals. Provide them with a fair chance to lead the group. Let them choose their topics and lead conversations. Be there to provide them with feedback or constructive criticism.
Mentoring a discipleship group should not be a major challenge. You can follow these measures, and do it the easy way.
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