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Disciple-Making: Foundational

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2019 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.


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.



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.


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 Essential Guide to Becoming a Disciple (Intervarsity Press, 2016); Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time (Intervarsity Press, 2016); The Essential Commandment: A Guide to Loving God and Others (InterVarsity Press, 2011); 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. (


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.


Josef Pavliňák has been serving university students in the highly atheistic country of the Czech Republic for over 30 years with a ministry called Integrity Life, and he serves there as the director. His heart is to reach out to the students in Central Europe with the gospel, disciple those who become Christians, and develop leadership potential in those who are called to become leaders. Josef has a degree in civil engineering from Brno Technical University. He has lived in the Czech Republic all of his life and is married to his best friend and ministry partner Danka, and they have two adult children – Dominika and Daniel.


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.


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 Out, Relational 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.


Zsolt Szalai has spent most of his professional career in banking and private equity companies in Hungary. In 2006, he was called to serve as an elder in the Reformed Church of Szentendre, and since January 2018, Zsolt also serves as the head of the Board of Elders. Since 2014, he is leading Compass finances God’s way ministry in Hungary and since 2017 he is head of the leadership workshop of Hungarian Evangelical Forum. Zsolt also serves as the chairman of Association of Christian Leaders and Businessmen, a partner of CBMC International and Europartners.



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

The successful disciple-making journey results in disciples who make disciples. But how do you get there? What components make for a successful journey? First is a relational environment. Every journey needs a vehicle. Jesus modeled for us relational life investment in a few. The vehicle we will examine is the micro group (3s and 4s) that optimizes the relationship investment in a transparent environment. Second is an intentional leader. Every vehicle needs a driver. The driver is the leader of the micro group who gathers the fellow disciples around a mutual covenant and sets the tone of honest, deeply personal engagement with God's word. Third is a reproducible process. To arrive at your destination you need a map or GPS. The GPS is a shared foundational Bible-based curriculum that can be used as a transferable tool to disciple others. The micro group serves as both the transformative context for change into Christlikeness as well as the mission-sending community from which to serve Christ in all that you are and do.


For female participants:

How to Give Women the Hunger to Grow
Ann Blaser

No one grows spiritually until they have a love for the study of the Bible and an understanding of the joy that comes out of communicating with God. In this session, we will practice a method of Bible study that will help us to apply the Bible to personal life with transparency and vulnerability. In the process we will learn what it is to fellowship and laugh with each other as we grow spiritually. We will put simple practices in place that are essential for multi-tasking women in order to keep a godly perspective as we go through our day. What is the result of this? We will be blessed to find that our service grows naturally out of what God is first doing in our own walk with Him.


For male participants:

Leading All-Male Discipleship Groups
Josef Pavlinak

While there is value in forming mixed, male and female, discipleship groups, there are definitely great advantages in having all-male 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
Ann Blaser, Greg Ogden, & Zsolt Szalai

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

The Philippians 1 Principles for Making Disciples
Mike Betts

Philippians 1:12-20 illustrates the core principles of discipleship from the perspective of the one doing the discipleship. Paul gives an insight into his philosophy of ministry as regards discipleship. It is noticeable that for him discipleship is not primarily about him, the leader, producing people who can help fulfil his vision or goal. It is rather about him as a leader empowering others through his exercise of the grace, gifts, and internal authority God has entrusted to him so that others can get a head start in their own calling and vision and maybe even go further and be more fruitful than himself. Even as he sees others develop and be fruitful, he is not retiring but is happy to entrust his own next steps to God, knowing that as he hands things over, new doors of fruitfulness will open for him. Everyone wins! Discipleship is in essence a philosophy of multiplication, increase, and release of others with great generosity and faith in God’s overall purposes and plans.


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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