Our last DisciplePath Summit (Summit 4) was held on January 15-16. We had 26 people attend - all of them had taken part in Summits 1, 2 and/or 3).
Friday: We started Friday night by working through the notes for Module 14, "Evangelistic Covenant Group Experience." After some brief instruction, we then were led through a "model" small group experience ofr what we are calling a Discovery group. 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 or helping those who have come to salvation to understand the foundations of Christian belief. No one will forget the cup and saucer activity!
Saturday: We spent Saturday going through Modules 15-18: "Putting Effective Evangelism Back into Disciplemaking," "Open Groups and Evangelism," "Using Open Groups for Disciplemaking," and "Inviting Strategies." While looking at the principles, we really focused on our ABF classes and their responsibility as open groups in and for evangelism. While Worship Services may be the entryway for many people to come into the church, ABF classes are the places of attachment for most people in church and should one of the main means of evangelism in the church.
Important Principles to understand and remember
1.) Of all church structures, Discovery groups need to be the least "churchified" and radically open in dynamic.
2.) The greatest motivation for evangelism should be our love for God and His love for the lost.
3.) For evangelism to be central to a church, you must first train gifted leaders and then mobilize the entire church in evangelism (prayers, bringers, and tellers).
4.) Evangelism will flourish when it is based on relationships and homogeneous, proactive outreach groups.
5.) Our strategy for evangelism must include our ABF classes and the formation of specific small groups (Discovery) that function for that purpose.
6.) Discovery groups must be fun, relational, non-directive in their teaching and with a leader that shepherds the group.
Summit 4 Participants
These individuals were at the full Summit - Friday and Saturday.
Kerm and Sara Carlberg
Kevin And Elleke Clifford
John and Cindy Duff
Tim and Debbie Hoelle
Mark and Joan Meier
Larry and Patty Webster
John and Louise Wedlock
Homework for Individuals - From Summit 4
1.) Complete reading from Summits 1-4 = Jesus Christ, Disciplemaker and The Disciplemaking Pastor (by Bill Hull)
2.) Complete viewings from Summits 1-4 = "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 4
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"