Have you seen the Collaborative Discipleship resource on Cru.org? Barry Warren, Creative Resources & Media Specialist on the Campus R&D Team, spearheaded an effort to design a discipleship resource that students and volunteers can easily use.
I like how the initial description of Collaborative Discipleship resource points out that “the one who recruits three to five others to join a discipleship group views himself or herself as a fellow disciple needing to grow just as much as the others in the group.” Discipleship is more than just Bible study. And so the “group works together to organize, teach, train, and care for others.” Those in a group can start their own discipleship group in a very short time.
One of the best features of this resource is the pathways. They were designed to put the lessons in the order that best serves the group’s needs.
- Essentials Pathway: to help new or young believers become grounded in the faith.
- Standard Pathway: to equip believers already grounded in the faith to see how God can use them in other’s lives.
- Multipliers Pathway: to equip mature believers to start their own groups.
- Movement Launching Pathway: beginning with evangelism, this pathway helps to launch a movement on a new campus or in a new community.
- And there is even a way for you to design your own pathway.
The lessons are short, simple to prepare, and have the smartphone user in mind. They follow a typical flow of connect to one another, cultivate the Biblical truth and skills, and care for others around us. And like the page says, you will find that “topics like justice, life skills, and embracing our ethnicity are enfolded into the time tested subjects like evangelism, basic follow-up, and discipleship.”
Over the years, I’ve noticed that it is difficult for students and volunteers to invest the amount of time that staff typically do to prepare Bible study lessons or spend with their disciples to help them grow. While this Collaborative Discipleship resource is still being tested, I think it helps give them the tools they need to lead others well.
Why not take a few minutes today to look at the beginning page, see if there is a pathway that fits your need, and click on a lesson or two to get a feel for the flow. If you get ambitious, there are in-depth resources and ideas for immersive experiences worth checking out.
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