David Sousa, in his research on how the brain learns, observes that we learn best when we're actively involved in the learning process: using our curiosity to discover, sharing what we've discovered with others, and immediately applying what we've learned.
Conversations About Jesus: How Disciple Making Movements Grow from Friendship
Disciple Making Movements (DMM) are really built on relationships.
I recently hung out with a former coworker. She didn’t grow up in the church, but also doesn’t currently have much interest in it. Despite this, we’ve had really candid conversations about God. She seeks to understand, asking “Why do you believe this, or do that.” She’s not really sure if she believes in God.
A Mentor, a Gatekeeper, and a Movement: DBS Spreads at University
Is it possible for just one person to launch a gospel movement—a wave of transformation that comes as person after person and group after group begins to boldly follow Jesus?
Movements happen when God works alongside a person to impact other people. To take full effect, many people have to get involved. But the effect of just one person—the catalyst—is profound.
2016 Celebration: How to Fish for Disciples in Solitary Confinement
One of our newer believers asked me to go talk to a guy who had recently been transferred to solitary confinement in the prison.
So I went and talked to him. I was on one side of the glass, and he was on the other. The conversation really opened up when we discovered he knew a guy who I had discipled from another prison.
Drawing a Savior: One Girl's Discovery of Jesus
I met Sara (not her real name), an 11-year-old girl, in the stairwell of my building. I would intentionally go there to hang out with her and the other kids, and soon they started knocking on my door asking to play. During one of those play times, our conversation took a turn and the floodgates opened. All the questions Sara had about God came streaming out. An hour into her questions, I suggested reading the Bible together sometime.
No Little People, No Little Places: A Disciple Making Movement Takes Off in Boston
I met Becca* about two years ago in a small congregation. She was a homeschooling mother with a desire to be involved in God’s purposes in the world, but wasn’t sure what that could look like for her.
I challenged Becca to get involved with reaching our city with the good news of Jesus, and encouraged her that relationships she already had could be the foundation of a disciple making movement—a mighty move of God.
Becca agreed to let me train her in basic Disciple Making Movement strategies. She caught a vision for how this simple Bible-focused, relationship-driven approach to evangelism might really work. She started to see some of her current relationships through different eyes.
How to Launch a DBS: Putting It All Together
In this guide we’ve outlined six major steps to effectively launch a Discovery Bible Study:
- Invite and Gather
- Keep Accountable
These six steps will guide you all the way through finding and inviting people into your study to catalyzing a gospel movement, where the good news of Jesus expands far beyond the reach of your original group.
How to Launch a DBS: Keep Accountable
This is the sixth post in a series on starting Discovery Bible Studies to share Jesus.
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Step 6: Keep Accountable
It’s the final inning of the game. The bases are loaded, the score is tied, and everyone is holding their breath as the batter steps up. The whole team is counting on the next hitter to bring them home. This player is accountable to the rest of the group; they’re depending on him. Accountability is a powerful dynamic.
This is the fourth post in a series on starting Discovery Bible Studies to share Jesus.
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Step 4: Empower
While the process of leading a discovery group is fairly simple, the process of being a good “coach” or facilitator can be challenging. It sometimes takes a colossal effort, as someone who is really good at the “game” of understanding God’s word, not to take the bat away from the little league players and hit the ball for them.