IDP Session 2: What is a Disciple? - Taking the Next Step


IDP Session Two: CHARACTERISTICS OF A DISCIPLE

Goal

Each Church will have a plan to build relationships and pathways to Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.

Session Objectives:

  • Identify the characteristics of a disciple (DISCIPLE acrostic page & scripture activity)
  • Identify the characteristics of a disciple in your church on the Intentional Disciple Making Plan Stages of Development Chart -(draft form for homework)

 (SOD Chart) - Stages of Development Chart.

  • Identify the traits of a mature disciple


Essential Understandings:

United Methodist Church Mission: To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Disciple:

A disciple is a witness to Jesus Christ, who continues to be transformed by the grace of God, engages in life-long practices pf learning and spiritual formation to follow Jesus with acts of compassion, justice, worship, and devotion under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, boldly connecting with the world around them to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ with urgency and love for the transformation of the world.

Essential Vocabulary:

Characteristics- qualities or traits of a disciple as identified in scripture and our experience of other disciples.

Stages of Development- Levels or steps along the journey to becoming a mature disciple.

Mature – advanced, someone who lives the characteristics identified.

Printed Materials (Presenter Provided) 

Electronic:

DISCIPLE Acrostic page 

Printed scriptures page

Characteristics of a Disciple List (Scripture exercise) (Session 1)

Blank printed copy of the Stages of Development Chart -SOD Chart (Session 2)

Sample Stages of Development Chart -SOD Chart (Session 2)

PowerPoint and printout format (Session2)

Questions for Consideration (Session 2)

Materials Needed (Participants Provide)

Pencils (pens or markers are fine)

List of church ministries/ministry activities (Session1)

DISCIPLE acrostic page printed (Session 2)

Printed scriptures page printed (Session 2)

Characteristics of a disciple list printed (Session 2)

Blank printed copy of the Stages of Development Chart printed -SOD Chart (Session 2)

Sample Stages of Development Chart printed -SOD Chart (Session 2)

PowerPoint and printout format (Session 2)

Questions for Consideration (Session 2) 

Helpful Resources:        Rev Junius Dotson’s Developing an Intentional Discipleship Plan


TAKING THE NEXT STEP TRAINING, STEP 2:

UNDERSTANDING - By Michael Jr.