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TRUE DISCIPLES MAKE DISCIPLES! God has gifted you to equip others and your GIFT isn't activated until you begin to "GUIDE" others to Jesus. We believe every member is a minister and our greatest hope is that everyone would eventually lead! A grow group, one to one discipleship, ministry team etc. He has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. Ephesians 4:7

For those who want to consider discipling someone:

The Barna Research Group recently conducted a study and found that many make the decision to become Christians, but most of those new Christians will walk out the back door of the church within 8 to 12 weeks. Why Notice that Barna didn't say that some new converts will walk out the back door not even half but most. The sobering reality of that research hits home as I think about those that I led or helped lead to Christ, only to let them fend for themselves in their new-found faith. The truth is I didn't know any better.

How about you? If you were given a new believer to disciple, would you know exactly what to do to maximize the chances that they would reach maturity in Christ? Do you know how to care for new believers in such a way that helps them grow in their faith and relationship with the Lord?

I'm happy and a bit relieved to be able to respond to those questions with a resounding and confident yes. Not because I thought of it on my own, but because someone introduced me to a discipleship process call First Steps. First Steps utilizes one-on-one relationships and an easy-to-use workbook to guide the discipleship process. Taking one hour a week for 10 to 12 weeks, I can equip a new believer with the tools and spiritual disciplines they'll use for the rest of their lives. It lays a foundation that deepens their faith, draws them into a vibrant relationship with Jesus and engages them in the life of their church right away.

There is a treasure trove of discipleship materials and programs, and it helps to understand what works best for whom. A distinguishing element of First Steps is that it's designed for new believers and those who have never engaged their faith (casual Christians); and anyone can do it because it's one-on-one, meaning that you don't need special skills or training. Perhaps the most unique component of First Steps, though, is that once someone has been discipled, they can then disciple someone else.

Excerpt from Pastor Grant Edwards

If you are interested in discipling someone through the First Steps process please call us at 409.203.4211 or email