Mentoring & Discipleship (WIM Core Values, 3 of 5)

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Who we are springs from our core values.

WIM’s core values are the qualities that we as an organization deem most important. They are our highest principles and most deeply held beliefs. Like DNA, they define who we are and who we will become. Our core values are foundational to all that WIM represents. Other organizations may have the same or similar vision, but their core values are almost always different since they reflect the fundamental beliefs of that organization.

The five values that we believe are most important to WIM are Committed Relationships, Indigenous Principles, Discipleship, Kingdom Perspective, and Servant Leadership. These are the values to which we are committed, and our desire is that they will govern our actions and behavior. May God give us the grace to apply them to our lives and ministries.

By Jerry Morris

“Go and make disciples” was the last command Jesus gave to His disciples. Making disciples is a command not an option. In many circles and churches today, the picture of discipleship has changed from how it looked in the Bible. It has been reduced to teaching Sunday school or preaching to people. Jesus did much more than teach or preach.  He mentored His disciples for ministry through relationships and inner circle influence. In 2 Timothy 2:2, Paul identifies two qualities of individuals to disciple – the faithful and those who can teach:  “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (ESV).

Five principles Jesus used to make disciples

Principle 1: The choosing

Jesus handpicked and called those He would disciple.

  • “Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to Him those He wanted…” (Mark 3:13a NIV).
  • “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit…” (John 15:16).

Principle 2: Positive response

A chosen disciple must express a desire to be discipled and display a teachable spirit.

  • “…and they came to Him” (Mark 3:13b).

Principle 3: Preparation

Jesus walked His disciples through a process of development and maturing.

  • “He appointed twelve that they might be with Him…” (Mark 3:14a).
  • The original root word for “appointed” meant “raised up, established, trained, ordained.”

Principle 4: With-ness

Jesus imparted to the disciples who He was.

  • “…that they should be with Him” (Mark 3:14b).

Spend time “with” Jesus.

  • Show by example that you are “with” Christ and walking in the Spirit.
  • “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:4-5).
  • Jesus provided the example:
    • “Jesus gave them this answer: ‘I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does’” (John 5:19).
    •  “By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but Him who sent me” (John 5:30).
    •  “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing His work” (John 14:10).
  • Peter and John were also example of “with-ness” in Acts 4:13, “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”

Spend time with the disciple.

  • To impart something to a disciple, it is essential to spend time with him/her.
  • You can only impart what you know and practice yourself.
  • Keep the focus on a dependency on God and not on you as the mentor.

Principle 5: Send

The goal of the discipleship process is to release the individual to accomplish God’s purpose to establish the kingdom.

  • “…that He might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons” (Mark 3:14b-15).

Final contrast

Modern-day method

Plant a church > maybe small groups > maybe discipleship

Jesus’ method

Discipleship (personal impartation) > house churches (small groups) > churches planted (multitude)

Church planting should be a byproduct of discipleship.

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