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Discipleship through Mentoring Groups: 

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."  - Matthew 28:18-20

WHY: Job, family, friends and other duties of life all clamor for your attention and your devotion. Life-on-life missional discipleship is the most effective means of progressing toward spiritual maturity. This is the model Christ used with His disciples. 

Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

WHAT: Discipleship is the process where growth, maturity and development happen as a follower of Christ. It's not a Bible study, a social circle or a small group. Throughout the Bible, the lesson of discipleship is evident as we see leaders taking a small group of people around him or her and pouring his or her life into them. The most recognizable model of discipleship is Christ as He spent three years walking alongside of and experiencing life with His apostles. What separates discipleship at Messiah from other small groups is an intentionality towards life-on-life missional discipleship and focus on the process of maturity.

 HOW: Discipleship groups begin in the fall and continue until the beginning of June. Each group is overseen by a qualified leader who disciples 3-4 mentees. The curriculum is a three-year process and mentees make a new commitment each year to enter the next phase of discipleship training.

We use the following acronym of TEAMS to describe the 5 things that happen in the discipleship process to make and deploy loving, mature, equipped followers of Christ:

T for Truth; E for equipping; A for accountability; M for mission and S for supplication or prayer.