Our last DisciplePath Summit (Summit 5) was held on May 21-22. We had 27 people attend - all of them had taken part in Summits 1, 2, 3 and/or 4).
Friday: We started Friday night by working through the notes for Module 19, "Foundations Covenant Group Experience." After some brief instruction, we then were led through a "model" small group experience for what we are calling a Discovery group Level Two. A Discovery group is a small group that meets for a limited time specifically to bring people through the Come and See phase of discipleship - either helping people See Jesus to come to salvation (Level One) or helping those who have come to salvation to understand the foundations of Christian belief (Level Two).
Saturday: We spent Saturday going through Modules 20-25: "Discipleship and Evangelism," "Lifestyle Evangelism," "People Tools," "Emotional Barrier," "Intellectual Barrier" and "Volitional Barrier." We spent a lot of the time looking at the elements of a 3-D strategy for evangelism in our church as well as the barriers that exist for believers in sharing the gospel and unbelievers in accepting the gospel.
Important Principles to understand and remember
1.) A Level Two Discovery Group is focused on grounding an individual in the foundational truths of Christianity.
2.) Our goal is to get at least 60-70% of the congregation into a Discipleship Group.
3.) The believer's barriers are just that, in most cases they are our barriers that we erect or hide behind or stumble over.
4.) The four key principles to evangelism are it is a process, God is responsible for the results, understand the unbeliever's barriers, and being with one.
5.) We all have a relational network that includes biological, vocational, geographical and recreational elements.
6.) An emotional barrier to Christianity is usually formed based on perceived legalism or hypocrisy.
7.) The greatest consequence of an intellectual barrier to Christianity is indifference.
8.) The greatest "weapon" against the volitional barrier is prayer.
Summit 5 Participants
These individuals were at the full Summit - Friday and Saturday.
Allan and Debbie Anemaet
Kevin And Elleke Clifford
John and Cindy Duff
Tim and Debbie Hoelle
Mark and Joan Meier
John and Louise Wedlock
Homework for Individuals - From Summit 5
1.) Complete reading from Summits 1-5 = Jesus Christ, Disciplemaker and The Disciplemaking Pastor (by Bill Hull)
2.) Complete viewings from Summits 1-5 = "Spiritual Disciplines" and "Revival, Reformation and Repentance" DVDs (get a copy from Cindy)
3.) Make a goal of sharing the gospel and seeking to win at least one person to Christ
4.) Work on your own "5 Most Beloved" card
Homework for DisciplePath Team - From Summit 5
1.) Meet together twice as a Team
2.) Implement plan to educate the entire church and any new members on our definition and plan for making disciples
3.) Complete and launch "Our Plan to Improve Evangelism" (including Outreach leaders in ABF classes and 5 Most Beloved cards)
4.) Plan when and how we will offer the "Heart for the Harvest" seminar training
5.) Plan and launch at least one Discovery Group (Level One or Two)