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Disciple-Making: Foundational

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2021 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 and Jay Mosser 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.

 

Jay Mosser has served in pastoral roles for 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 smaller (less than 50) to larger (about 1,000). Along the way he has worked with children, teens, worship ministry, pastoral care, preaching, and leadership. Jay has an M.Div. from Western (Conservative Baptist) Seminary and a D.Min. from Corban 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 four grandchildren. In his spare time, he loves to read, hike, travel, watch sports, and spend time with his family.

 

NETWORK SPEAKERS

Zala Cempre was born and raised in Slovenia. Currently, she serves as a high school leader in the local church in Ljubljana. There, she disciples girls and leads and trains a group of volunteers. On a national level, she leads a 2-year discipleship program for college students and serves as a director of evangelical camps. She loves to take students on short-term mission trips to former Yugoslavian countries where they serve the needs of the local churches. Zala holds a Bachelor degree in Management and Master’s in international business. She is currently working on a Leadership Coaching certificate.

 

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.

 

John Glass was born of American parents in Paris, France and raised in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1976, at the age of 19, John backpacked for 6 months from Switzerland to India in search of life’s answers and was led to Christ by a missionary in New Delhi. He has served as a church-planter in France and Switzerland for the last 35 years, first with TEAM and currently with Grace Ministries International (GMI). In 2007 John started a French-speaking church that he is currently pastoring in the heart of Geneva l’Eglise Evangélique Internationale de Genève (eeig.ch). He holds BA from Syracuse University, an MDiv from Talbot Theological Seminary and a DMin from the Master’s Seminary. He served as chaplain to Geneva-Servette hockey team for 16 years, making him at the time the only professional sports chaplain in Switzerland. John has a weekly French radio program on Radio 74, Plus précieux que l’or (More Precious Than Gold). John also gives Reformation tours of Geneva and founded Calvin Tours (calvintours.com) and just published a visitor’s guide titled A Walking Guide to John Calvin’s Geneva. He and his wife Meg have three grown children.

 

Leroy Goertzen is a professor at Corban University in Salem, Oregon, where he teaches theology, church ministry, Christian leadership, and doctoral research. He is the director of Corban’s Doctor of Ministry Program and Kairos, an innovative five-year B.A. to M.Div. program designed to equip young men and women for ministry leadership. He is also involved with Corban’s Africa Training Partnership equipping select pastors in Cameroon and Uganda to build and lead Christ-centered, Bible-based churches. He studied at Grace Theological Seminary (TH.M) majoring in Old Testament studies and Hebrew, prior to earning his D.Min. at Talbot School of Theology. Leroy is married to Karen and they have three adult children and seven grandchildren.

 

Rick Hill works for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland in the areas of discipleship and leadership. Rick speaks, teaches, and writes on these themes, with his first book The Deep Roots of Resilient Discipleship due to be published soon. He also serves as an elder in Carnmoney Church and has recently been involved in a fresh church plant from that church into the city centre of Belfast. Prior to this, Rick comes from a background in youth ministry with both Scripture Union and in a local church. Rick lives near Belfast in Northern Ireland with his wife Sarah and 2 young sons, and in his spare time he enjoys running.

 

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).

 

NETWORK PROGRAMME

Day 1

Introduction to Biblical Discipleship

Jay Mosser

Sometimes people think about the Christian life in the same way they buy a car. What model do I like? What optional equipment best fits my lifestyle? Do I need a rugged vehicle or something that primarily looks good? The Bible calls every believer to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (II Peter 3:18). We call that "discipleship," a Holy Spirit-driven and non-optional process that is the subject of both warm encouragement and strong warnings in the book of Hebrews, our text for this opening session.

 

Discipling Teens and Young Adults

Zala Cempre

During the years of 13-25, most habits and life-choices are made, including the decision to become a follower of Christ. Studies show that 90% of professions of faith are made before the age of 21. Without youth ministry there will be very few adults and families in the church in the years to come. So how can we be intentional in discipling this generation? What is important to know when we interact with them and what are some practical ways to disciple them? In this session questions like these will be addressed. We will also seek to understand best practices and mistakes that are made in discipling teens and young adults, enabling you to create a strong disciple-making relationship with young people.
 


Day 2

Biblical Foundations for Discipleship

Rick Hill

This session will explore some biblical images and metaphors for discipleship that help to provide us with a strong framework for spiritual formation. Through unpacking this overview, we will consider how resilient disciples are formed and what foundations we need to build on in the discipleship of others.

 

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. 

 


Day 3

Discipleship in the Digital Age

Terry English

Our current socially distant context has created many challenges, but also provided us with new opportunities. This session will examine how we can continue to follow Jesus’ command to make disciples even when it is hard to meet in person. If Paul could do it from prison, we can for sure do it from the comfort of our homes!

 

Discipling Those Close to You

Leroy Goertzen

Everyone who disciples others knows the special challenge of encouraging spiritual growth in those closest to us – our spouses, children, grandchildren, close associates, and/or good friends. As much as we value these close, intimate relationships, they do present a unique challenge to discipleship. How can we facilitate spiritual growth without violating relational boundaries or succumbing to relational over-familiarity? This session will encourage us to actively pursue the spiritual good of those close to us, and offer practical suggestions on how we might do that.

 


Day 4

Keys to Discipling in a Secular Post-Reformation Context

John Glass

Europe today has wandered far from its roots in the Protestant Reformation. The goal of this session is to address the challenges of discipling new believers who are more secular in their worldview than ever before. It will address: (1) The post-Reformation spiritual catastrophe in Europe and why it happened; (2) keys to changing that through robust discipling and church-planting; and (3) a 2020 case study from Geneva, the city of Calvin.

 

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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