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Disciple-Making: Foundational

2020 European Disciple-Making Leaders Network: Foundational Track

The aim of the Disciple-Making Leaders Network: Foundational Track is for each participant to develop biblical convictions about leadership and disciple-making, so that by the end of the Forum they understand their calling as leaders to build relationships that help God’s people become mature. A key component of this Network will be small group interaction, discussion, and time set apart for Q&A throughout the four days of the Forum, which will help deepen participants’ learning. The Network will also include lectures on key biblical material and discussion of practical examples. Participants will be encouraged to develop practical strategies for becoming more effective in disciple-making.

Applicants should be those involved in Christian leadership (at any level) who desire to develop maturity in the members of the body of Christ and are willing to grapple honestly with their responsibility to make disciples. Emanuel Tundrea will lead the Network. Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.

 

NETWORK LEADERS

Emanuel Țundrea grew up in communist Romania, but the faith of his parents had a huge impact on him. As a student he was involved in discipleship and during those years his student groups grew from 2 colleagues to more than 50. In 2001, he joined the staff at Emanuel University of Oradea where he is serving now. He completed his PhD in software engineering in conjunction with University of Nice, France, and then he earned his MA in Pastoral Theology in Oradea. Both his involvement in academics and in the church aim to evangelise and mature disciples for Christ. He is married to Nadia and has three boys.

 

NETWORK SPEAKERS

Larry Anderson recently retired from being the senior pastor at North Bible Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has a MAT and Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.  Larry started his ministry career with Young Life International and left as Senior Vice President in 2004. Later that year Larry and his wife, Gina, moved back to Arizona to serve in the church. He continues to teach courses for Fuller and support younger pastors and leaders.  Larry and Gina have been married for forty-three years. They have three sons who are all pastors and nine grandchildren.

 

 

Mike Betts leads Relational Mission, a network of churches which is part of the global Newfrontiers family.  He is the author of From the Inside OutRelational Mission: A Way of Life, and a soon to be published book on corporate prayer.  Mike is passionate about the church enjoying her inheritance in Christ, involving church planting, gospel expansion, corporate prayer, and seeing the next generation grow into all that God has for them.  Mike is married to Sue, and they live in Lowestoft, Suffolk, UK.  He is part of the eldership team at Lowestoft Community Church, which he, Sue, and a number of others planted over 30 years ago.  At that time Mike and Sue sought help and advice from Terry Virgo, who had begun to serve emerging churches.  Terry’s work and relationships with churches became the start of Newfrontiers.  In 2011, Terry handed over responsibility for Newfrontiers to a number of his spiritual sons, and Mike began to lead the network that is now Relational Mission.   Relational Mission works predominantly in the UK and mainland Europe but with growing connections across the world.   Its network includes some 70 churches of which 30 are church plant and pioneering situations.

 

Ann Pritchard Blaser has led women through Bible Study Fellowship International for thirty years, teaching Scripture classes for women and training leadership groups. Her work now consists of mentoring and advising other women who are teaching and training leaders in Bible Study Fellowship. She is responsible for visiting classes and observing the training and teaching taking place and for giving encouragement and shepherding to the teachers. She is involved in her church through discipling, teaching, and writing training materials. Ann is married to Bill, and they have two children and two grandsons.

 

 

Terry English is the Director of Training for Josiah Venture. As such, he oversees the creation and rollout of ministry teams and disciple-making resources throughout Central and Eastern Europe, and also oversees evangelistic ministries and tools currently being used by over 400 churches. Prior to moving to the Czech Republic 20 years ago, he also worked with youth and student outreach ministries in the USA, UK, and Norway. While his focus is now on training local churches, he also continues to work with a local youth ministry in the Czech Republic so that he can keep his finger on the pulse of current trends in youth culture and has recently helped his local church plant a new expression of church in Ostrava.

 

 

Rick Hill works for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland in the area of discipleship development, majoring on the delivery of disciple-making training and the development of discipleship resources. Prior to this, Rick comes from a background in youth ministry with both Scripture Union and in a local church. He now serves as an Elder in Carnmoney Church while also being involved in a fresh church plant from that church into the city centre of Belfast. Rick lives near Belfast in Northern Ireland with his wife Sarah and 2 young sons, and in his spare time he enjoys running.

 

 

Jay Mosser has served in pastoral roles for nearly 40 years – about 20 years in various assistant pastor capacities and the rest as senior pastor. Through those years he has served in three churches ranging from small (less than 50) to large (about 1,000). Along the way he has worked with children, teens, worship ministry, pastoral care, and preaching and leadership. Jay has an M.Div from Western (Conservative Baptist) Seminary and a D.Min from Borgan University in Oregon, where his doctoral thesis was titled “How a Pastor’s Theology of Shepherding Affects the Health & Growth of a Church.” He is married to Kathy and has three daughters and three grandchildren. In his spare time, he loves to read, hike, travel, watch sports, and spend time with his family.

 

Greg Ogden retired from professional church leadership in 2012 and now lives out his passion of speaking, teaching, and writing about the disciple-making mission of the church. Most recently Greg served as Executive Pastor of Discipleship at Christ Church of Oak Brook, Illinois in the Chicago western suburbs. From 1998-2002, Greg held the position of Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Fuller Theological Seminary and Associate Professor of Lay Equipping and Discipleship. Prior to coming to Fuller, Greg enjoyed 24 years in pastoral ministry. He is the author of six books including Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time (Intervarsity Press, 2016) and Discipleship Essentials: A Guide to Building Your Life in Christ (InterVarsity Press, 2007).  Dr. Ogden is a principal partner in a new ministry entitled the Global Discipleship Initiative (GDI). GDI trains, coaches, and inspires pastors and Christian leaders to establish indigenous, multiplying, disciplemaking networks, both nationally and internationally. (globaldi.org).

 

Dave Patty has been involved in training youth leaders and leading national and international youth movements in Europe for over 30 years and serves as the president of Josiah Venture.  He is also a founding member of Global Youth Initiative, which mobilises and equips youth ministry trainers in over 40 countries of the world.  Dave is an ordained pastor with a BA in theology and a MA in education.  He has also done graduate work in leadership development at Harvard University.  For the past 21 years he has lived in the Czech Republic, and spent the 10 years before that in Germany.  Dave is married to Connie, and has three children, Tyler, Caleb, and Claire.

 

 

NETWORK PROGRAMME

Day 1

Aims and Methods of This Network

Emanuel Tundrea

Discipleship is central to the life of the mature Christian and the mature local church. One cannot take salvation, nor one’s purpose in the world, seriously without embracing this concept embedded in biblical teaching. Established by Jesus as his plan, discipleship is not an “add-on” to the individual Christian’s life or a “programme” added to the schedule of a local church or organization. Rather, it is a serious and intentional response to how we live and conduct our lives in answer to the call of Jesus to “come and follow Me.” Each Christian is called to discipleship as a way of life. How do we nurture a disciple-making consciousness and establish churches that have discipleship at the heart of their ministry?

 

A Biblical Map for Intentional Disciple-Making

Dave Patty

Few would argue that making disciples is core to effective ministry, yet most people do not have an overall strategy to keep them oriented. What should the disciple-maker focus on, how should their leadership change through various stages of growth, what are the irreducible essentials? The answers to these questions are best informed by a Biblical map rather than a pragmatic one, since a Biblical map will work in all times and in all places. Looking at the life of Christ and the teachings of Paul, Dave will present a simple framework for understanding the process of disciple making and the essential factors that foster spiritual growth.


Day 2

Transforming and Multiplying Disciples Through Micro Groups

Greg Ogden

What is the biblical model for making disciples? What are the essential elements of a multiplying discipleship group? This session will cover discipleship in the context of a micro group (3-4 members). It will discuss the biblical principles that underlie discipleship, including how Jesus modeled for us relational life investment in a few, and how each participant can apply these principles in their individual context. It will also help discipleship leaders to set an expectation of commitment and honest engagement with God’s word, as well as to find a transferable Bible-based curriculum that is relevant to their needs.

 

For female participants:

How to Give Women the Hunger to Grow

Ann Blaser

Paul’s famous words in 1 Corinthians about the foolishness of the cross and his decision to preach the cross, but not with wisdom, have often been misinterpreted. For many they stand as evidence of a strong anti-intellectual strand in Paul’s thinking and a clear reason for us to neglect apologetics and instead focus on other issues. In this session we will analyze Paul’s understanding of wisdom and foolishness as we look at four particular issues: (1) Paul’s thinking when he started the church in Corinth, (2) Paul's thinking when he wrote to the church in Corinth, (3) the cultural context of the church in Corinth, and (4) Paul’s message in his first letter to the church in Corinth.

 

For male participants:

Leading All-Male Discipleship Groups

Larry Anderson

While there is value in forming mixed, male and female, discipleship groups, there are definitely great advantages in having all-male or all-female discipleship groups. The closest circle of Jesus' disciples (the 12) were all men. What are some reasons for doing it? Are there some dangers in doing it the other way? Is a “complete separation” healthy? We will discuss the benefits, the unique challenges men have, suggest ways of overcoming them and share some practices and experience from our ministries.


Day 3

Discipling Teens and Young Adults

Terry English

Many church disciple-making strategies focus on discipling adults. However, thinking strategically, if we are not also intentionally discipling teens and young adults, we run the risk of having few adults to disciple in the future. This is because it is during the years of 13-25 that most habits and life-choices (including the decision to become a follower of Christ) are made. In this session we will seek to understand best practices and mistakes that are made in discipling teens and young adults, enabling you to create a strong disciple-making foundation in your young people even before they turn to adulthood.

 

Panel Discussion: Q&A About Discipleship

Rick Hill, Mike Betts, and Jay Mosser

Three days have gone by so quickly. We have studied together the biblical foundation of discipleship, practical applications and models. We pray that by this time your heart is on fire for making disciples. However, tomorrow as you are packing to go home there will be many questions on your mind. How should I continue to grow as a leader? How should I start making disciples or bring this vision in my context? How should I deal with specific situations? In this session we will pause and allow time only for questions. We will have the joy to have as panelists some of the speakers of this week, ready to share more from their hearts as you bring your questions.


Day 4

Making Disciples in the Way of Jesus

Rick Hill

There are so many perspectives today on how to make disciples, we run the danger of believing that the Great Commission can be accomplished through programmes, courses, and resources alone. How can we learn from Jesus’ method of making disciples? This talk will consider some passages from the gospels and draw key principles from them that are crucial to help us make disciples in the way of Jesus. It aims to drive at the heart and life of the disciple-maker.

 

Closing Discussion and Cohort Groups

Emanuel Tundrea

We learned that there is no shortcut to maturity and there is no shortcut to mature leadership. All of us embark on life’s journey with a variety of backgrounds and experiences that affect the progress we make in our growth. All of us are led by God to make disciples in different contexts. One thing is sure: no matter how much we know, or what our spiritual, psychological, or emotional heritage might be, it takes time to mature and it takes perseverance in the long term to make disciples. In this last session we will explore:

  • How can we continue to grow as disciple-makers?
  • What are the next steps to springboard to fruitful ministry?

We plan to end by forming cohort groups to keep one another accountable to the plans we've made and to spur each other on throughout the year and then entrust each other in God’s providence in prayer.

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