DisciplePath Summit 2 was held on May 15-16. We had 22 people from Summit 1 who were back for Summit 2 and had a total of 41 people who took part in Summit 2. Each of these, that is willing and committed, is a part of our DisciplePath Team.
Friday: We spent Friday night going through Module 5, "B.A.G. Group Modeling Experience." A B.A.G. is a Basic Accountability Group. In our teaching time, Jeff King, our mentor, took us through the 5 purposes of a B.A.G., the length and lifecycle of a B.A.G., the content and the format of a B.A.G. After about an hour of introduction and instruction, Jeff led us through a "model" group experience. We had 12 people join into a small group that Jeff led while everyone else watched and learned what a B.A.G. looked and felt like. Following the "model," we offered our observations and Jeff answered any questions about the group.
Saturday: We spend Saturday morning going through Module 6, "Leading Your Church through Change I." This module is focused on understanding the importance of "doing things right" in order to be a able to "do the right things." If we are going to make disciples (do the right thing), we need to know the right way to do that. We looked at the concept of change, the 3 steps of an effective change process and the 4 kinds of change. On Saturday afternoon, we went through Module 7, "Developing Initial Disciplemakers," and Module 8, "Fast-Tracking Disciplemakers." We looked at the importance of having trained disciple-making leaders to having a church making disciples.
Important Principles to understand and remember
1.) There are many different structures of a church that help in making disciples. Our DisciplePath training begins with the Basic Accountability Group even though it serves those in the second phase ("Come and Follow Me") because we need leaders (disciplemakers) trained in the level, or beyond the level, that they will be leading disciples through. A disciplemaker cannot lead a disciple in something they have not learned or attained. The B.A.G. is not the only structure - more will be learned and taught in subsequent Summits.
2.) A B.A.G. lasts at least 12 months and usually longer - it takes as long as it takes. A B.A.G. is for the development of habits in the life of a "Come and Follow Me" disciple.
3.) Our church is going to start several "model" B.A.G. A model B.A.G. is just like a regular B.A.G. with the addition of a training time to prepare those in the model B.A.G. to become leaders of their own B.A.G.
4.) For our church to become a genuine disciple-making church, we will need to go through some change. "You must always change values first before you will be successful in lasting behavioral or structural change."
5.) The Change Process involves un-freezing the present situation, causing the change, and re-freezing the situation in its desired position. The 3 roles of change in un-freezing our present situation are the prophet (Bill Hull and his books, Dr. Bobby Gupta), the outside facilitator (Jeff King from T-Net), and the inside facilitator (Pastor Tim, church leadership, DisciplePath Team).
6.) If we are to build a disciple-making church, we need to start with a committed and competent leadership team (our DisciplePath Team) and a detailed definition of a disciple (the work being done by our DisciplePath Task Sub-groups). Our next step is to train disciple-making leaders. Disciple-making leaders must meet the 5 qualifications of a disciplemaker. We will prepare these leaders mainly through a model group approach with some leaders being "fast-tracked" (if they absolutely meet the 5 qualifications).
7.) If you were a part of Summit 1 but missed Summit 2 and would like to continue to be a part of our DisciplePath Team, please contact one of the Summit 2 participants and meet with them so that they can walk you through the material covered at Summit 2. Copies of the notes are available from Cindy Bintz. If you have not been to either Summit 1 or 2 but would like to be a part of our DisciplePath Team, then please contact someone who has been to both Summits and meet with them so that they can walk you through the material covered at both Summits.
Summit 2 Participants
These individuals were at the full Summit - Friday and Saturday. (*Also at Summit 1)
Kerm or Sara Carlberg*
Lyn* or Carol Heiges
Tim or Debbie Hoelle
Vance or Joan Lackore
Mark or Joan Meier*
John or Louise Wedlock*
John* or Frances Willis
Homework - from Summit 1 and 2
1.) Finish reading Jesus Christ, Disciplemaker (by Bill Hull)
2.) Watch the "Spiritual Disciplines" DVD given out at Summit 1 (get a copy from Cindy Bintz)
3.) Join our DisciplePath Team (read and be ready to sign the "DisciplePath Church Covenant")
Homework - for Summit 3
1.) Sign-up for Summit 3 (see Summit 3 page or contact Cindy in the church office)
2.) Read The Disciple-Making Pastor (by Bill Hull)
3.) Make sure all homework from previous Summits is completed
4.) Read the "Choosing Tools for Disciplemaking" assignment within 7 days of Summit 3's start