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Disciple-Making Leaders Year-Round Mentoring

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2021 European Disciple-Making Leaders Network: Year-Round Track

The Disciple-Making Leaders Network: Year-Round Mentoring Track is led by John Musselman and Wojchiech Kowalewski. The goal of this initiative is to provide Christian leaders with comprehensive training in disciple-making, including biblical and theological foundations, historic and contemporary applications and methods, and a careful analysis of every stage in the discipling process. This initiative seeks to:

  • Foster leaders’ personal development in the context of peer relationships
  • Strengthen leaders’ commitment to disciple others in the words and ways of Jesus
  • Encourage leaders to be devoted to training a new generation of mature and reproducing leaders for the exponential spread of the gospel throughout Europe and beyond

 

The 2020 Network at the European Leadership Forum is only one component of the Disciple-Making Year-Round Mentoring group. The full curriculum will include:

  1. An online four-day private Network at the 2021 European Leadership Forum, 16-19 May
  2. An online Pre-Forum meeting with all participants on Saturday, 15 May 2021
  3. Two one-on-one online Zoom sessions or in-person meetings, one with John and another one with Wojtek
  4. Six two-hour webinars with webinar assignments between the 2021 and 2022 Forums
  5. An online or in-person 4-day retreat in early December 2021 (place & dates to be determined)  
  6. A Pre-Forum Conference before the 2022 ELF on Friday evening and all-day Saturday (dates & times to be determined)

 

Participation in this network is by invitation only. Participants should be men who are spiritually mature Evangelical leaders that are actively involved in evangelism and discipleship and are willing to commit to becoming part of a learning community.

For more details about the 2021-2022 Disciple-Making Leaders Year-Round Mentoring Network, please click here to view the syllabus.

Interested applicants need to first apply and be accepted to the Forum before filling out an application specific to Disciple-Making Year-Round Mentoring Network. If you wish to apply for the 2021-2022 Year-Round Mentoring for Disciple-Making Leaders, please complete this online application.

Once you have completed this application, if your experience and responsibilities match this Network’s aims, you will be asked to have online interviews with Tony Myrick, John Musselman, and Wojtek Kowalewski.

 

NETWORK LEADERS

John Musselman is the President of the Jackson Institute, a leadership development organization whose mission is to contribute to the cultural, intellectual, and spiritual formation of individuals who are on a passionate quest to be welcomed, received, and acknowledged by God. He studied at the University of Alabama (BS, Mathematics), Reformed Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Fuller Theological Seminary (DMin). After serving on the staffs of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Perimeter Church in Atlanta, he founded the Jackson Institute in 1991. John’s passion is reflected in the vision of the Jackson Institute: “to permeate the kingdom of God with reproducing leaders.” He has authored Classic Discipleship, a manual for equipping leaders in Christian discipleship, and The Holy Spirit and His Gifts. In addition, he has edited John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, A.B. Bruce’s classic work, The Training of the Twelve, and Thomas Watson’s Man’s Chief End: God’s Glory. He and his wife, Colleen, live in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Wojciech Kowalewski is the President of Golden Apple Institute based in Poland, an organisation whose mission is to equip leaders to be disciplemakers. He is an ordained pastor with a PhD in Practical Theology from the University of Wales in Cardiff. His doctoral thesis was published under the title, “Transforming Mission in a Post-Communist Context: Towards an Integrative Approach.” He is the author of numerous international and Polish publications, both academic and popular, and speaks at numerous academic and marketplace conferences on leadership, missions, and discipleship. Wojtek is the head of the School of Biblical Discipleship, which is a nine-month intensive training program committed to equipping men and women in biblical disciplemaking for multiplicative and multi-generational impact. He is also the director of the Billy Graham Institute of Evangelism and Discipleship at the Baptist Theological Seminary in Warsaw. Wojtek serves on the National Board of the Baptist Union of Poland. He is an experienced coach and mentor to many leaders, and his passion is helping people get from where they are to where God wants them to be. He and his wife, Agnieszka, live in Wroclaw, Poland.

 

NETWORK PROGRAMME

Pre-Forum Seminar

Orientation to the Mentoring Group

The purpose of this introductory session is to introduce you to the new, incoming class of 2021-2022. Our first and highest priority will be to get to know one another’s story, including brief details related to education, marriage & family, spiritual life, ministry, and vital interests. In addition, John will provide an overview of the Year-Round programme and set the stage for engaging in a learning process which has been carefully designed to address the most important ideas and best practices related to biblical discipleship. During our first day together, you will also be introduced to ELF’s Vision and Strategy and to the outstanding books you will be reading during the year. Furthermore, we will discuss the Syllabus and our Network’s Orientation document and answer the questions you have about any facet of the programme.

 


Day 1

Biblical and Theological Foundations of Discipleship

Historically, many organizations have gradually shifted from their original vision and become something quite different in the following generations. The initial mission is forgotten – even scorned – and the new is fully embraced and promoted. Jesus Christ, however, never abolished or modified His strategy for world evangelisation or implied that the task could be accomplished through programs or mass evangelism alone. Any possibility of success would depend on the commitment of His followers who believe in and practice “spiritual multiplication.” This is the exponential growth of the body of Christ that occurs when mature believers lead others to Christ, then disciple them until they grow to maturity in Christ and train them to effectively live out their faith before the watching world. Forming a solid biblical and theological foundation for discipleship will help us answer the question that every generation of believers must ask: “Will my ministry be built upon pragmatic and methodological concerns or upon careful exegetical activity related to the life and ministry of Jesus Christ?” Establishing a sound biblical and theological framework for discipleship will ensure that what we do and say in the name of Christ will have lasting value and preserve His strategy for lasting fruitfulness.

 

The Disciple’s Square, What Jesus’ Disciples Need to Learn, and The New Testament Idea of a Teacher

By definition, disciples are learners. The prevalent word used in the New Testament for learn has the basic meaning “to direct one’s mind to something.” An intellectual process is always implied. A disciple, then, is one who thinks, who concentrates, and who prayerfully apprehends what his Master wants him to be, to know, or to do as revealed in the Bible. Once the biblical vision of learning has been established, much that is challenging about discipleship will be easily resolved. The insights gained will provide the context for determining the unique patterns of discipleship that can be embraced by each participant for discipleship groups and movements within their own sphere of influence.

 

The Relationship Between Evangelism and Discipleship

In this session, we will discuss the Great Commission as recorded in Matthew 28:18-20. After carefully exegeting and discussing Jesus’ well-known command and examining the specific language used in the text, we will consider how the Apostles understood His directive to take the gospel to every tongue, tribe, and nation. Then, we will reflect on the implications for contemporary ministry. Finally, we will discuss how wrong interpretations of this passage directly impact the Church’s mission in and to the world.

 

The Language of Disciplemaking and the Ten Primary Reasons Christians Do Not Reproduce

During this session, we will examine 13 specific Greek words that tell a story about the process of disciplemaking. Closing out the day, we will address the important question, “What prevents believers from spiritually reproducing?”

 


Day 2

Biblical Foundations, Vision, and Outcomes

At the start of our day, we will be asking and discussing the question, “What is discipleship?” Definitions are important and are foundational to one’s worldview and lifestyle. It has been said that the word discipleship has as many definitions as there are believers. This session will lay out a biblical foundation and vision for discipleship from which to engage in the process of investing our lives in others until they grow to spiritual maturity and begin to spiritually reproduce.

 

A Profile of a Discipled Person

An important discussion on the use of your imagination will follow in our afternoon session and is designed to help you learn how to develop a biblical profile of a discipled person. Completing this task will give you a clear picture of the kind of person you are seeking to “build” by the grace of Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Preparing to Lead

In our final session of the day, we will consider the character, calling, and commitment of a discipleship leader, examine the costs associated with forming and leading a discipleship group, discuss the key tasks of disciplemakers, and emphasize twelve characteristics of strong life-shapers.

 


Day 3

Jesus’ Model of Discipleship, Designing Excellent Discipleship Groups, and Group Formation

This morning, we will consider how Jesus’ model of training the Twelve is the model for contemporary discipleship. The Gospel records reveal that Jesus invested approximately 3½ years of His life with a small group of men whom He called His Apostles. His purpose was clear: that they might become like Him and do what He asked them to do. During their apprenticeship, He loved them, taught them how to live, and prepared them to minister in His name throughout the world. When these men were first recruited by our Lord, they had no idea what was before them, neither the severe trials nor the intense blessings. Sometimes stoned, shipwrecked, imprisoned, beaten, mocked, and banished, they continued to obey the call of their Lord to disciple the nations. Person by person, city by city, and nation by nation, they preached and taught in the synagogues, arenas, marketplaces, and homes, then instructed those who received the free gift of eternal life in the words and ways of Jesus until they reached maturity (Col. 1:28-29).

The Twelve had been well-prepared. These untrained and uneducated men had become like their Master. It is not surprising, then, that their mission was not only centred on winning the masses, but on following Jesus’ method of working with a few who, in time, would become spiritual reproducers themselves. For instance, Paul discipled Timothy and Titus; Peter trained John Mark; and John personally discipled the Christian leader and martyr, Polycarp.

Jesus’ training was so thorough and His strategy for world domination so effective that by the end of the second century, the gospel had spread to every part of the Roman empire. Today, the gospel continues to be proclaimed around the world, and much is being done to win the masses. But we must not forget, nor ignore, Jesus’ strategy for winning the world.

 

Becoming a Small Group Architect

This segment of our Network training will describe the processes by which character, knowledge, and skills can be built into the lives of those being discipled. We will consider the many and various kinds of groups that are available to a small group leader and highlight the uniqueness and distinguishing marks of a discipleship group.

 

Group Formation (Selection) and a Sample Invitation to Discipleship 

In this last portion of our day, we will consider another vitally important aspect of the discipleship process. How do we go about the process of selecting the right kinds of people to become a part of our groups?

 


Day 4

The Power of Spiritual Multiplication, Sanctification, Rationale for Discipleship, Evaluation, and Final Considerations

 

The Power of Spiritual Multiplication

There is a great difference between adding people to the Church (even on a daily basis) and building multiplying laborers. During this session, we will advance the biblical idea that the people we disciple can and should become fruitful to the third and fourth generations.

 

Sanctification

We urge that every disciplemaker become a student of sanctification, the work of God’s free grace. What do we need to know about the process of spiritual growth and development as given to us in the Scriptures?

 

The Purpose and Benefits of Discipleship

Why should believers be involved in discipleship? What purpose does it serve? What benefits does it offer? In this session, we will discuss the rationale for discipleship, along with the most important benefits that accrue to those who participate in the discipling process.

 

How to Use Your Summer Wisely

There are three months between the 2021 online Forum and our first webinar in September. In this session, we will consider some practical ways you can make the best use of your time during the summer.

 

Final Considerations

During these final sessions of our Network, we will briefly review what we have learned and discussed during the Forum, form accountability partners within our YRM, complete an online ELF evaluation, finalize instructions for the 10-page strategic paper, offer final comments, and close our time together in prayer.

“And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’” (Mt. 28:18-20).

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