Jesus called us to do many things, all of them important, but discipleship is one that stands out above the rest. Why? Because without replicating and reproducing what God has done in you, His reach is limited to your time, your network, and your life.
Elijah had Elisha; Moses had Joshua; Paul had Timothy. Our mandate to disciple others is clarified in 2 Timothy. In chapter one, verses 13 & 14, Paul instructs Tim to keep teaching what Paul taught him and "guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you." Down farther in 2:2, he instructs, "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others."
Look at the four sets of people involved: Paul ----> Timothy ----> Reliable Men -----> Teach Others. You can imagine Timothy giving the same advice Paul did as he instructs his reliable men. Discipling people is more than just opening a book and teaching head knowledge—it is opening your life and letting them read it like a book. Discipling is more than "growing new leaders"—it is growing people in maturity in Christ. And discipling is more than just giving people tasks to do—it is delegating purpose to people, giving them a vision for what is happening.
Ralph Moore, pastor of Hope Chapel Foursquare in Hawaii, has seen dozens of churches birthed out of the congregation since he began there. Here is an adaptation of the direction he gives for discipling.
Do not judge people by who they are now, but instead look at them as Christ is making them to be. Too often as leaders we blame failure to reach our stated on the people who "aren't where they should be with Christ." Alternatively, learn to respect those who come to ...