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DISCIPLESHIP MINISTRIES PROJECT
Submitted to Dr. Rod Earls in partial completion of course requirements for DSMN 500 – Discipleship Ministries
Deborah Baskin Vidalia, GA May 6, 2013
Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………..…4 Step One: Diagnosis of Need…………………………………………………………………...…5 Vision Statement…………………………………………………………………………..5 Scriptural Support of Core Ministry Values.……………………………………………...6 Goal Statement for Sunday School and Small Groups……………………………………7 Who and Why?....................................................................................................................7 Step Two: Formulation of Objectives……………………………………………………………..9 Step Three: Selection of Content………………………………………………………………...10 Step Four: Organization of Content……………………………………………………………...11 Step Five: Selection of Learning Experiences…………………………………………………...12 Step Six: Organization of Learning Experiences………………………………………………...13 Action Plan - Elements to Go From Point A to Point B…………………………………14 Budget……………………………………………………………………………………15 Communication Tools and Techniques……………………………………………….…16 Step Seven: Determination of What to Evaluate and the Ways and Means of Doing It……...…17 Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………………….18 Self-Assessment of 5 Essential Activities……………………………………………………..…19 Bibliography………………………………………………………………………..…………....21 Discipleship Bibliography…………………………………………………………………….…22
4 Introduction First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon is a traditional Southern Baptist Church located in rural, south Georgia. On the homepage in the church‟s website it stated, “First Baptist Church is a group of believers with Christ IN their hearts and the world ON their hearts. First Baptist, Mt. Vernon is a place where you can belong, and a place where you can be loved.”1 The ministry of First Baptist Church is comprised of the following main elements: 1) traditional Sunday morning service, 2) contemporary early evening service, 3) traditional Sunday evening service, 4) Sunday school, 5) Awana, 6) Women on Mission, 7) Brotherhood, and 8) VBS. While this structure gives some foundational support in the church, the church is not experiencing growth. In talking with the pastor, he expressed his concern over the fact that often when people join the church, they do not get involved and often fade into the background or stop attending church. He believes that there is a need for a new members class and asked me to prepare a curriculum and teach this group of believers. His initial idea was to begin a new Sunday school class. However, I already teach a couple‟s class and am not willing to give this class up. There are a couple of reasons for my reluctance to stop teaching this group. I am the only woman in First Baptist Church that teaches both men and women. I have seen commitment and growth in some of my disciples and I do not want to do anything that would hinder this development. One of the men in my class, who was a sporadic attender, has begun to come nearly every Sunday, joined the choir, and is beginning to share his faith with others. After discussing options of when a new members class could be scheduled, the most opportune time appears to be during Sunday evening worship. This class would fall under the category in the budget as Sunday school but would essentially be a temporary small group. At
Karl Hay, “First Baptist Church,” First Baptist Church, http://www.fbcmtvernon.com/Index.html (accessed May 2, 2013).
5 this point, the length of the group would be thirteen weeks. This class would not be governed by age but would be a cross-generational class for adults joining the church. This class would be offered twice in the church calendar year. Step 1: Diagnosis of Need Despite the array of various Sunday school classes and other ministry opportunities at First Baptist, the church is not experiencing numerical growth by reaching out to the community. The church has 290 members enrolled in Sunday school; however, the average attendance for the last seven months has only been 139.2 This includes our classes that do not meet on Sunday morning. As previously stated, new members often get lost because they are not grounded in the Word and they do not understand the mission of the church. Warren asserted, “If you want to build a healthy, strong, and growing church you must spend time laying a solid foundation.”3 Therefore, it has been reasoned that a class or small group needs to be developed to help these new members grow in the Word and learn about the mission of First Baptist Church. The desired outcome is to equip the new members with a foundation of Christian doctrine, who will spend personal and cooperate time in worship, support the ministries of the church and will become active disciple-makers. Vision Statement First Baptist Church of Mt. Vernon desires to be: 1) A fellowship of believers in Jesus Christ, Son of God, as their personal Lord and Savior; 2) Who are committed to growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ through discipleship by equipping our members for the work of ministry;
Information taken from First Baptist Sunday school reports.
Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Church: Growth Without Compromising Your Message & Mission (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 1995), 86.
6 3) By proclaiming the Gospel and through local, state, national, and world-wide outreach and missionary efforts in obedience to the Great Commission; 4) Thus, being a living testimony of God's love to all persons in word and deed; 5) And who honor and glorify the Lord in our personal and corporate worship.4 Scriptural Support of Core Ministry Values Contained in the vision statement are the core ministry values of First Baptist Church. They are the following: 1) fellowship of believers, 2) discipleship, 3) proclamation, 4) living testimony, and 5) worship. 1) Fellowship of Believers - Hebrews 10:24-25: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”5 2) Discipleship – 2 Timothy 4:5: “But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” 3) Proclamation (the Great Commission) – Matthew 28:19-20: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” 4) Living Testimony – Acts 1:8: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Karl Hay, interviewed by Debbie Baskin, Mount Vernon, GA, April 21, 2013. Unless otherwise noted, all scripture will be taken from the New International Version.
7 5) Worship – John 4:24: “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” Goal Statement for Sunday School and Small Groups “Sunday School and small groups at First Baptist of Mount Vernon, Georgia are organized groups of loving people experiencing transformational Bible study, fellowship, and spiritual growth through a lifestyle of evangelizing, connecting, worshipping, and serving others for Jesus Christ.”6 The intended behavioral goals for First Baptist are to develop disciples who love God and man. This goal is to be accomplished by training and equipping them through Sunday school, small groups, mission activities, fellowship, and vibrant worship. In order to assure that these goals are accomplished First Baptist Church has an active discipleship process that begins with the infants and continues throughout the life of the believer. It is the leaderships’ desire that each member of the church becomes a disciple maker who is fully grounded in the Word of God. Who and Why? As already stated, First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon does not have a new members class. This has posed a few problems: 1) new Christians are not being taught the fundamentals of Christian doctrine, 2) those joining from other denominations often do not know basic Baptist doctrine, 3) new members are not being plugged into ministry and often fade into the background. Each of these issues presents a unique set of difficulties. Throughout history, people have searched for something or someone to guide them in their lives. In the New Testament, this searching is made evident with the disciples of John the Baptist. Crowds followed John yearning to be taught something in which they could believe and
8 to hear of hope for the future. John‟s ministry that resulted in his beheading ushered in Jesus. A clear picture of what Jesus viewed is portrayed in Mark 6: 32-34: So they (Jesus and the apostles) went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. Searching people will often grab hold of the newest trend. While a trend may give pleasure for a season, the results are often detrimental. When a non-believer becomes a follower of Christ, he needs to be taught the fundamentals of Christian doctrine. These new believers come to Christ often carrying misconceptions about Christianity. Some almost regard Christ as Santa Claus and believe that this newfound faith will provide them with all of their carnal desires. They have missed the point that belief in Christ goes beyond the material world. They must be taught of spiritual things and the substance of faith in Christ. In some cases, Christians from other denominations will join the church. Usually, they bring with them the doctrines of their denomination. Some of these will not line-up with Baptist doctrine. Various doctrinal controversies that might arise could include: 1) once saved always saved, 2) baptism by immersion, or 3) the Lord‟s Supper. Confusion and hurt can be prevented by clearly teaching some basic Baptist doctrine thoroughly covered by scriptural support. An essential element for new members is the need to understand the necessity to get plugged into Sunday school or other ministries where they can grow and where they can minister. Barna asserted, “Few believers have relationships that hold them accountable for spiritual development.”7 Helping these new members to develop relationships by discovering
George Barna, Growing True Disciples: New Strategies for Producing Genuine Followers of Christ (Colorado Springs, Colo.: WaterBrook Press, 2001), 54.
9 small groups (ie., Sunday school) where they can continue to learn and fellowship is another area that this class‟s leaders will work toward. Step 2: Formulation of Objectives Mitchell asserted, “Discipline is the process of preparing and equipping a disciplefollower for the learning to come through the acquisition of the necessary perquisite competencies (“powers”) facilitated by obedience, order, and organization and control.”8 Discipline is a process by which the disciple is provided with the opportunity to become everything for which he was created.9 Without a clear understanding of the tenets of the faith this process is stagnated. It is not the desire of the leadership to manufacture an artificial faith and calling in the believers, but to help mold them into the image of God by teaching them the foundational beliefs of Christian doctrine. Added to this doctrine will be the basis precepts of Baptist teachings. The second competency that will be developed is to ascertain how to be in relationship with God through worship and in relationship with believers through fellowship. This competency is supported in Matthew 22:37-39. When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was he replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” As the members study the activities of the first century church, the intended goal is that each of them will begin to develop a life-style that exhibits Bible study, prayer, praise of God, and accountability with others in the faith.
Michael R. Mitchell, Leading, Teaching, and Making Disciples: World-Class Education in the Church, School, and Home (Bloomington, IN: CrossBooks, 2010), 137.
10 The third competency is for members to actively demonstrate their faith in their families, communities and in the church. The intended outcome in the lives of the members is for them to apply their new knowledge and become disciple-makers thus fulfilling the Great Commission. One cannot expect a new Christian to develop into a follower of Christ without help. “Discipleship is not a solo adventure it is interpersonal by its very nature…People are more likely to grow spiritually when their church is intensely and unswervingly focused on bringing people to maturity in Christ.”10 Behaviors must be modeled and taught. This class is not presuming that full maturity in Christ will occur, but the desired outcome for each member is that a foundation of healthy growth will begin to be developed. But, it is expected that each member must begin to become disciple-makers by sharing their faith with words and actions. Step 3: Selection of Content Due to budget restraints, there is limited financing available for class materials and promotional efforts for this new small group. The entire yearly budget for Sunday school, which includes small groups and all related activities, is $7,000. Most of this money is already allocated for the calendar year. Therefore, a creative plan had to be implemented in order to begin this new group. Hence, it was decided that the curriculum would be taken or augmented from several sources. The scope of the content includes: 1) the Bible, 2) the Apostles‟ Creed, 3) the Baptist Faith and Messages, and 4) online sources that include a free gifts assessment. The capstone of this class will be a ministry project that the class will develop. The author of this paper will write the curriculum using the mentioned materials and other resources at her disposal (i.e. educational materials, Logos, study materials, etc.). The church will supply paper and copies of all needed
11 lessons. Promotions for the class will be done via the church‟s website, bulletin, newsletter, and announcements. The selection of the content also falls within the four categories that Mitchell highlighted: 1) tradition, 2) observation, 3) participation, and 4) inspiration.11 Both the Apostles‟ Creed and the Baptist Faith and Message would fall under tradition. These documents are the “historical „stuff‟ that societies codify in their texts and contain in their treasures to describe and perpetuate their culture.”12 The teacher will observe the learning activities of the students, which will include doing their lessons, sharing their faith, taking the online gifts assessment, and the ministry project. Students will be able to observe the teacher modeling the message of life-style evangelism. The teacher will be forthright in sharing her faith and will participate in the ministry project. In other words, the teacher‟s message should match her actions. Finally, through prayer and Bible study the Holy Spirit will lead, direct and anoint the instruction. This is a vital part of teaching especially in situations where the teacher is not familiar with the students.13 Step 4: Organization of Content After the content (scope) has been determined, it was necessary to determine the curriculum‟s sequence. Since the adult new members class will contain both brand new Christians and Christians joining from other churches and denominations, it was decided to begin at the beginning. The framework of this class will be as follows: 1) basic Biblical doctrine, 2) the structure of the Bible, 3) the Baptist faith, 4) the organization and works of the first century
11 12 13
Mitchell, 302. Ibid. Ibid.
12 church, 5) gifts assessment, 6) disciple-making, 7) class ministry project, and 8) plugging students into other classes and small groups. The projected time-line for teaching the material is as follows: 1) two weeks on the Apostles‟ Creed, 2) three weeks on the Baptist Faith and Message, 3) one week on the structure and order of the Bible, 4) four weeks on the first century church, 5) one week on the gifting of the Holy Spirit, and 6) two weeks on learning how to make disciples. This class will take thirteen weeks or about three months. The class ministry project will be planned during the last several weeks of class and will be executed by the last week of class. Upon completion of the project, a class fellowship will be held to discuss the effectiveness of the project and to share disciplemaking activities. Step 5: Selection of Learning Experiences Formulating a strategy to communicate the curriculum will need to be both enlightening and exciting. Also, the material and activities presented need to be biblical, specific, transferable, and measurable.14 It is vital that the students see the teacher‟s love for God, His Word, and for them in the presentation of the materials. Lecturing or directed learning will be used to introduce subject matter (i.e. tenets of the faith, Bible format, passages from Acts to demonstrate the first churches, etc.). Stories from the teacher‟s life or other Christians will be utilized to illustrate the concept being taught. Student will be given opportunity to share their life and experiences as they pertain to the lesson. This will help the teacher get to know her students so that she will be able to better mentor them. Lastly, the students will be told what is expected of them in regard to the lesson that they have learned. In other words, the lessons, messages, and strategies taught
13 should become personalized in the lives of the believers. The believer should understand that he has responsibilities to fulfill and how they are his privilege to enjoy.15 Step 6: Organization of Learning Experiences Most of the lessons will be modeled after the HBLT approach, which according to Richards and Bredfeldt, was patterned after the apostle Paul.16 The H section (the Hook) gets attention, surfaces a need, sets a goal, and leads naturally into Bible study.17 The B section (the Book) is where the teacher clarifies the meaning of the doctrine being taught through the scripture.18 Lectures, notes, and PowerPoint presentations will be utilized during this time. The L section (the Look) is used to help guide the students to discover and grasp the truth that has just been taught.19 Finally, the T section (the Took) is when the teacher will help students respond by leading them to do God‟s will.20 2 Timothy 2: 2 stated, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” Using this type of lesson format will help ensure that the strategy taught in this passage is accomplished because it requires incorporating the message into one‟s life and activities. Throughout the entire process of the class, the students will be given opportunity to share their salvation experience and encouraged to tell it to those they come in contact with on a daily basis.
Warren, 114. Lawrence O. Richards and Gary J. Bredfeldt, Creative Bible Teaching (Chicago: Moody Publishers,
17 18 19 20
Ibid., 155-156. Ibid., 156. Ibid., 157, Ibid., 158.
14 Action Plan – Elements to Go From Point A to Point B The action plan for this class is to take new members, some of who are new Christians, and encourage and mentor them into becoming disciple-makers of Christ who worship God with their lives. The following components will be implemented in the action plan in order to facilitate the beginning point of A to the final point of B. Evangelism – Dictionary.com defined evangelism as: “1. The preaching or promulgation of the gospel; the work of an evangelist. 2. Evangelicalism. 3. Missionary zeal, purpose, or activity.” The express purpose of this class is to teach the gospel to new adult church members. Accountability – The class members will be accountable to each other and their teacher for their actions. Each class member will know that he or she will be expected to become a disciplemaker. They will be instructed to keep a notebook of their actions in regard to disciple-making, time spent in prayer, and time spent in worship. There will be a sharing time during the beginning of each class. Mentoring – This will be accomplished in two ways: 1) the teacher will be mentoring the students, and 2) qualified church members will be partnered with those in the class desiring oneon-one mentorship. Equipping in the Word – The scripture will support each lesson. The Bible is the main material that will be used in class. Vision casting (leadership) – The teach will lead by example. She will present the vision of the church and explain what it means. The vision of the church has not changed since the first century; however, it is the church‟s job to discover how she can fulfill them. Coaching – During the course of this class, opportunities will be given to the students to practice sharing their faith. As part of the teaching strategy, the teacher will give the students feedback.
15 Encouragement – 1 Thessalonians 5:11 stated, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” Encouragement is vital in any discipleship model. Encouragement will be accomplished verbally and through correspondence (i.e., letters, emails, text messages, and phone calls). Teachers will also encourage any class mentors to reproduce the same type of behavior. Budget Since the church is on a restricted budget, every effort will be made to keep costs down to a minimum. The Apostles‟ Creed and the Baptist Faith and Message are both free. It is expected that most of the members will have their own Bible. However, if they do not have a copy, the church has copies that she will give to anyone that needs one. The writer of the lessons is doing this service without charge. The gifts assessment test is done online and there is no charge. The only cost will be in printing the materials for the class, three-ring binders, a small accountability notebook and the ministry project. The printing cost will be dependent on the number of students in the class. The church will use her printer to produce the students‟ materials. The only cost will be the paper, the binder, and a small notebook. The printing of each member‟s lesson book will cost approximately $2.00 each. The binders will cost $1.80 each, and the notebooks $1.00 each. If there are 10 class members enrolled in the first class their materials will cost $48.00. The other cost might be the ministry project depending on what the class decides. If they decide to participate in a current church‟s project, there will not be a new cost. If they decide to do a service project, there will not be a cost incurred. The class will know that the church will not be able to pay for the project, so this information will probably help define the type of project they decide upon. Therefore, it is not deemed necessary to incur a new line item in the church‟s budget for this class.
16 Communication Tools and Techniques Communication for this class will mainly be accomplished through text messages, phone calls, occasional letters, and the church‟s website. There are several sites that will be listed for the class members to utilize during the week to assist them in their studies. Some of those sites include: http://www.blueletterbible.org/ - Bible study materials including Greek and Hebrew word meanings. This site has commentaries that are free to use. http://www.sbc.net - This is the site of the Southern Baptist Convention. It contains much information about Baptists and our missions. http://www.discipleshiplibrary.com/ - This is a site that is filled with much discipleship materials. There are written materials, lectures, and audio and video presentations. http://www.multiplymovement.com/ - This site is about creating Disciples of Christ by multiplication. http://www.navpress.com/dj/ - This is another discipleship site that has reading plans, prayers, journaling and other items. http://www.churchgrowth.org/analysis/intro.php - This is a free spiritual gifts inventory test. These sites are just a few of the online resources that the students will be able to use to help with their studies during the time period of class and beyond. The beauty of the Internet is that vast amounts of materials are available to aid in the discipleship process. The downside is that some of the material does not line up with scripture. It is vital that Christians determine the content of the various sites based on the precepts found in scriptures. The class lessons will be presented in lecture and discussion style formats. PowerPoint presentations will be utilized for some of the classes. Testimonies from other church members
17 will be sought to help the new members get acquainted with their new church family and to hear about ministry opportunities. Class involvement such as role-playing, group discussions and class members‟ testimonies will be incorporated into the class. Step 7: Determination of What to Evaluate and the Way and Means of Doing It Assessment is a necessary evil in any teaching environment. Assessment measures the student‟s understanding, and it also measures the success of the teacher and the method and materials used. During the first class, a pre-test (it will not be called a test) will be given to assess the individual student's knowledge on the tenets of the faith. This pre-test will help determine the pace at which the first lessons are taught and the focus of those lessons. After each teaching section a fill-in-the-blank type assessment will be given to see if the students are retaining the information. Students will be encouraged to share from their discipleship notebooks. Observation of the students will be the primary form of assessment in this class. This will be determined from class participation, testimonies, and conferences with their various individual mentors. The online gifts assessment test will be used to help the student discover areas of ministry that he might be suited and gifted to do. Class attendance will be paramount to this new members‟ class. Since this will be a fast-paced class and if a student misses more than one class, it will be hard to make up the work. Finally, the ministry project will also be used to assess whether the students have personalized the mission and work of Christ. The teacher and the method of instruction and activities will also be assessed by the students. Included in this assessment will be issues dealing with: 1) Was teacher‟s knowledge of subject matter evident? 2) Did the teacher connect to the student and their personal life situation? 3) Did the teaching methods incorporate the student‟s learning modality?
18 4) Did classroom environment provide comfort for the learner? 5) Were the students‟ expectations met? 6) Was the information and discipleship method transferable? 7) Did the experiences create in the student a strong desire to worship God? 8) Is the student a disciple-maker? The author of the lessons will use the students‟ assessments to help with the planning and implementation of future classes. Conclusion The desire for the New Member Class is to equip church members to become active followers of Christ who have personalized the message of the Great Commission. The heart of this calling will be to instill in the students a zealous attitude toward worship and ministry. Without this love for God and man and the infilling of the Spirit these expectations would not be possible. It is the instructor‟s intent to evangelize, fellowship, equip, mentor and cast a vision for ministry into the lives of her students. First Baptist Church is blessed with several dedicated and loving teachers; however, the failing seems to be found in drawing members into small group Bible study, which is crucial to the development of believers who will personalize the vision of the church and become soul winners. The prayer is that this class will help new members discover who they are in Christ and enable them to find their place of service in this body of believers. The goal of this class is to grow disciples who will go forth into their homes, community and world and be ambassadors for Christ.
19 Self-Assessment of 5 Essential Activities In Mitchell‟s book, Leading, Teaching, and Making Disciples: World Class Christian Education in the Church, School, and Home, he identified a core set of five basic and necessary behaviors and competencies that he entitled, “Essentials Activities of Education.”21 An assessment of how those were addressed in this discipleship plan is discussed below. 1. Make a Disciple who Worships Jesus (answering the What question) a. This is addressed by teaching the disciples the message of the gospel. b. It will also be addressed during class time spent in prayer and praise. c. It will encourage disciples to demonstrate their love of God by an outward expression of their praise during their personal time with God. 2. Construct a Curricular Plan (answering the Content question) a. Lessons will be based upon the scripture. b. The Apostles‟ Creed will be used to help teach basic doctrine. c. The Baptist Faith and Message will be used to help teach Baptist doctrine. d. Online resources will be used to aid the students in their personal development to become a disciple-maker. e. A notebook will be utilized to record student‟s personal time and discipleship opportunities. 3. Prepare a Plan for Teaching and Learning (answering the process question) a. An order and time frame was established to incorporate the materials to be taught. b. Personal disciple making is required to be recorded in notebooks.
20 c. Mentors will be found for those desiring one-on-one mentorship. 4. Establish an environment for education (answering the Context question) a. The class will be user-friendly. There will be direct teaching, modeling, and cooperative learning among the class. b. The class will determine and direct a capstone ministry project. 5. Have a heart for and serve people (answering the People question) a. The class will incorporate fellowship. b. The class will pray for and serve each other. c. The class will become disciple-makers. d. The class will do a ministry project.
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