Training

 

Last Updated on April 16, 2024 by Rocklyn Clarke


Overview

This page is a brief description of the training that we want everyone at Life Church to receive. Our goal is that, within 3 years of attending Life Church, you will become competent in all of these areas.

How To Proceed – Are you . . .

Unsure that you are actually a Christian?

  1. If you are not already a member of one of our life groups – join one! Ideally, if you came to Life Church through the invitation of one of our members, strongly consider joining his or her life group.
  2. Reach out to your life group leaders to let them know that you are unsure about your status with Jesus. Make sure they know who, if anyone, invited you to Life Church.
  3. Follow their instructions about what to do next.

A new Christian or someone who has decided to “start over” from scratch?

Each one reach one!

  1. If you are not already a member of one of our life groups – join one! Ideally, if you came to Life Church through the invitation of one of our members, strongly consider joining his or her life group.
  2. Reach out to your life group leaders to let them know your status. Make sure they know who, if anyone, invited you to Life Church.
  3. Ask your life group leaders to arrange for you to begin discipleship training. In most cases this will be with the person who invited you to Life Church.

Connected to a new Christian or someone who has decided to “start over” from scratch?

Each one reach one!

  1. Invite them to join your life group!
  2. Reach out to your life group leaders to let them know the new Christian.
  3. Ask your life group leaders about taking your friend through the discipleship curriculum.

A Christian who wants to begin making disciples?

Each one reach one!

  1. If you are not already a member of one of our life groups – join one! Ideally, if you came to Life Church through the invitation of one of our members, strongly consider joining his or her life group.
  2. Read through the various areas of training on this web page. 
  3. Identify the areas of training in which you ARE NOT proficient. Ask your life group leaders to help you identify the right training opportunity.
  4. Identify the areas of training in which you are already proficient. With the help of your life group leaders, identify someone in your life group whom you can help train.

A Christian who is experienced in making disciples who make disciples?

Each one teach one!

  1. If you are not already a member of one of our life groups – join one! Ideally, if you came to Life Church through the invitation of one of our members, strongly consider joining his or her life group.
  2. Read through the various areas of training on this web page. 
  3. Identify the areas of training in which you ARE NOT proficient. Ask your life group leaders to help you identify the right training opportunity.
  4. Identify the areas of training in which you are already proficient. With the help of your life group leaders, identify someone in your life group whom you can help train.

A Life Group Leader?

Teach each one to reach one and teach each one to teach one!

  1. Make sure that your life group is meeting weekly and that they are on a path to have at least some of those meeting take place away from the church building and for at least 90 minutes.
  2. Read through the various areas of training on this web page. 
  3. You and your assistant life group leader should meet with each of your life group members to determine what training they should receive and/or what training they should be prepared to provide.

Now that you’ve read this far your next step is to visit, call, text, or email someone! Don’t settle for passively “lurking” on this web site. If you can’t figure out which of the above categories applies to you, ask one of the pastors for help.

We want to produce disciples who make disciples leading to multiplication.


Disciple-Making Ingredients

Here are the ingredients we need to build a robust system that produces disciples:

  • Prayer & spiritual warfare
  • Safe, healthy, and effective life groups
  • A personal testimony
  • An accessible pool of unchurched people
  • A practical way to start spiritual conversations
  • Activities welcoming to unchurched people
  • Leading someone to Christ
  • Helping a believer to be filled with the Holy Spirit
  • Discipling another believer

These disciple-making ingredients are the focus of areas of training that are incorporated into our Following Jesus discipleship curriculum!

Let’s take a deeper look at them:

Prayer & Spiritual Warfare

(This training is covered in various components of our Following Jesus curriculum. Part of it is covered in Focus on the Message. Other parts will eventually be covered in Family Up and Flow in the Spirit.)

Without prayer, we will not accomplish much of anything for God’s Kingdom. Whenever you engage in Kingdom word, the enemy and his forces align themselves to oppose you. They must be overcome through spiritual warfare. Your life group leaders will help you develop in this area. You will find some helpful information here. Plan to review it with your life group leaders:

Safe, Healthy, and Effective Life Groups

(This training will eventually be covered in various components of our Following Jesus curriculum – principally Family Up and Flow in the Spirit.)

We want to train you to promote safe, healthy, and effective life groups and we want you to train others to do the same. Your life group leaders will help you learn to do what they do in leading and growing your life group. Plan to review the following material with them:

Life Church: Life Groups

Share Your Personal Testimony

(This training will eventually be covered in various components of our Following Jesus curriculum – principally Family Up.)

Jesus has called us to be his witnesses. In order to be a witness, you need to be prepared to let people know what you’ve experienced with Jesus.

Your life group leaders will help you develop your personal testimony. Plan to review the following material with them:

Good News: Testimonies

Identify an Accessible Pool of Unchurched People

(This training will eventually be covered in various components of our Following Jesus curriculum – principally Family Up.)

If you’re going to make disciples, you’re going to have to spend time with people who don’t yet follow Jesus. Most people will be most effective in winning people with whom they’ve developed a relationship. Relationships develop best when you have frequent opportunities to interact. What groups or networks are accessible to you with whom you can interact on a regular basis? Here are some potential examples:

  • community or neighborhood organizations
  • co-workers
  • student groups on campus
  • unions or other professional organizations
  • bowling league
  • sports teams

You will work with your life group as a team to identify the unchurched people that you can reach. Plan to review the following material with them:

Good News: Building Relationships

Develop a Practical Way to Start Spiritual Conversations

(This training will eventually be covered in various components of our Following Jesus curriculum – principally Family Up and Flow in the Spirit.)

We need to be able to overcome our reluctance to start spiritual conversations with people. Your life group leaders will help you develop in this area. Plan to review the following material with them:

Beyond Awkward

Promote Activities Welcoming to Unchurched People

(This training will eventually be covered in various components of our Following Jesus curriculum – principally Family Up.)

We need activities that can promote deepening relationships between followers of Jesus and unchurched people. Our Sunday services are designed primarily to build up followers of Jesus – not impart Gospel truth to non-followers. We need to be able to conduct activities that are more suitable for this type of relationship building. Ideally these activities should be frequent enough to support the development of friendships. This means that they should be “turn-key”. The planning and preparation should be simple enough that the events can be launched weekly or at least monthly. Here are some examples:

  • Games night
  • Change the World Night
  • Alpha Classes

You will work with your life group as a team to plan and carry out outreach activities. Plan to review the following material with them:

Good News: Building Relationships

Leading Someone to Christ

(This training will eventually be covered in various components of our Following Jesus curriculum – principally Family Up.)

Our goal, as we engage in evangelism, is for the person we’ve befriended to actually become a follower of Jesus. Once you’ve established that the person is ready to make that decision you need to guide them into that commitment.

Your life group leaders will help you learn to lead someone to Christ. Plan to review the following material with them:

Good News: Relational Evangelism

Helping a Believer to be filled with the Holy Spirit

(This training will eventually be covered in various components of our Following Jesus curriculum – principally Family Up and Flow in the Spirit.)

Jesus promised his disciples that they would receive power to be his witnesses after the Holy Spirit came upon them (Acts 1:8). We want every believer to experience this power so that they can effectively represent the Lord to the world around them.

Your life group leaders will help you learn to lead others into this experience.

Discipling Another Believer

The following components of our Following Jesus discipleship curriculum are designed to be used either one-on-one or as a class when discipling a new believer:

Focus On the Message


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Last Updated on April 16, 2024 by Rocklyn Clarke

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Acknowledgements

Please join me in acknowledging the key people who contributed to this material!

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