Whether you are a pastor, discipleship leader, men’s or women’s leader, youth leader, or small group leader – in fact, whatever ministry you might be involved in – if you learn to use the simple tools at pursueGOD.org to mentor others, your ministry will have more impact. You will actually make disciples who make disciples.
Mentoring Involves Using Simple Tools at PursueGOD.org
The resources offered at pursueGOD.org are available to anyone without cost. What makes them so effective is that the same basic tool works in every ministry setting. This basic method involves finding a topic at pursueGOD.org, learning about it from the print and video resources provided, and then exploring it together with the person you’re mentoring.
Mentoring Applies to Three Key Ministry Environments
The core environments where the resources can make the most impact include family, small groups, and one-on-one mentoring relationships. These three areas form a simple discipleship infrastructure for any church. But the one-on-one aspect of mentoring works in any kind of ministry or with members of any team, building on the relationships you already have with those people.
Mentoring Is Conversational Disciple-Making
Mentoring at pursueGOD.org is simply what Jesus calls making disciples. The resources are set up to allow people to make disciples one conversation at a time. It’s not limited to just listening to someone teach. The topic chosen gets a conversation started that leads to discovering as God’s truth together.
Mentoring Works Great in Small Groups
For small groups, the basic content, along with discussion questions, are provided. So the work has been done for the small group leader, allowing him or her to focus on relationships. There are several advantages to leading a small group in the mentoring or conversational style, versus a traditional Bible teaching method. One is that it gets people involved as they dig in and discuss God’s truth together. Another is that the same method used in a small group is also used in a family or individual relationship. As people experience it, it models to them and trains them how do it outside the group, so group members are being trained to be disciple-makers.
Mentoring Works Great with Student Ministries
The basic tool is the same for junior high and high school ministry. PursueGOD.org provides content that is unique to the culture and issues students face. But it uses the same method as in other ministry settings. The student resources at pursueGOD.org are linked to the sermon resources, so parents and teens can study the same thing at the same time. This equips parents to mentor their teens in a way that teens can easily reproduce the method to mentor other teens. The topics will be different, but the method is the same.
Mentoring Works Great for Equipping Marriages
The PursueGOD.org library has great resources geared toward marriage relationships. It also offers training elements to prepare couples to mentor other couples. Again, the advantage is that marriage mentoring uses the very same core method. This one method, employed for making disciples in every ministry in the church, makes it easy to prepare people for their mentoring role.
If you’re new to pursueGOD.org, all the resources are free. Use this video to have a conversation with your leaders. Learn how you can equip people to make disciples in every area of ministry in your church.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- What different methods have you used to make disciples? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the tools you’ve tried?
- What are the advantages of having one simple tool that everyone uses to make disciples in every ministry setting?
- On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is it to you that your discipleship methods and materials be reproducible by anyone? Explain. How reproducible are your current methods?
- How could the pursueGOD.org mentoring method be useful in small groups?
- How could the pursueGOD.org mentoring method be useful in families?
- How could the pursueGOD.org mentoring method be useful in one-on-one relationships?
- How could the pursueGOD.org mentoring method be useful in leading ministry teams?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of your student ministry? How could individual and small group mentoring tools help?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of your marriage ministry? How could individual and small group mentoring tools help?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.