Another great way to focus on real discipleship? Choose a group study that addresses real topics that challenge group members and encourage them to be holistic disciples. Do a group study on living simply, taking care of the environment, or ministering to people with mental illness.
Learn to disciple a group of people at different spiritual maturity levels.
Get your group involved in missional living to see amazing growth in your group and in your community.
5. Invest in other leaders through coaching and apprenticing.
An often overlooked aspect of discipleship is calling out and training leaders. Leadership development is extremely important, though. It allows people to grow in their giftedness and keeps your ministry flourishing with an abundance of new leaders. Too often pastors and directors lament a lack of prepared leaders in their ministry. But the problem may be that they're not identifying and preparing them. It's a privilege to invest in other leaders for God's work. Make time for this essential ministry responsibility.
Better coach the small-group leaders in your care with Coaching Small-Group Leaders.
Develop new leaders by walking through the Small-Group Apprentice Orientation Guide.
Train new leaders with engaging videos and activities with the Small-Group Leader Training Program.
—Amy Jackson is the managing editor of SmallGroups.com and a former small-group director; copyright 2013 by Christianity Today.