Steps Toward Discipleship



Turning and Learning

A disciple who has completed this phase has come to understand that they must turn from the lifestyle of sin. This disciple has also decided to take on the endeavor of learning what being a disciple really is. A disciple who has completed this phase has become a "fisher of men", being intentional in building disciples. They have developed many basic Christian habits, learned their spiritual gifts and are ready to lead or serve in ministry. They prioritize obedience to Christ above all else, even if suffering is necessary!

Major Intent

To establish the believer as a disciple and as a witness for Christ in a lost and hurting world.

  • Train believers as faithful witnesses of Christ
  • Prepare faithful followers to serve or lead according to their spiritual gifts


12-24 months

Disciple's Involvement

  •  Listens and learns from the mentoring and coaching of the disciple
  • Assists in ministry but does not lead


Loyal to Jesus Christ and His church; willing to be accountable to a group or an individual for spiritual growth and training. Committed enough to willingly suffer for the advancement of the Kingdom of our Lord. Desires to be fruitful in ongoing ministry themselves.


  • Heightened commitment
  • Focus on basic habit and character that require intimacy with and accountability to a disciple maker
  • Shift from interest in ministry to involvement in ministry
  • Strong emphasis on training for outreach


Outreach Events: an approach to evangelism that encourages every disciple to be a teller, inviter and/or prayer for those God has placed within their circle of concern.
Closed Accountability Small Groups: "Follow Me" level groups.

Transformative Indicators

By the end of this phase a disciple:

Has connected with other believers in relationship through small group ministries

  • A disciple continues to regularly meet with other believers. Hebrews 10:25
  • A disciple knows God is always present where two or more believers are gathered. Matthew 18:20
  • A disciple fellowships with other Christians. 1 John 1:3

Displays their Christian commitment through continued involvement in regular worship and is now serving in the local congregation

  • A disciple worships publicly. Acts 2:46
  • A disciple lives a public life for all to see. Romans 1:8
  • A disciple worships God. Revelation 22:9

Is living a love relationship with God

  • A disciple lives according to their relationship with Jesus instead of merely following traditions. Matthew 9:14
  • A disciple seeks to be pleasing to the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:9
  • A disciple's behavior is controlled by the love of Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:14
  • A disciple understands how much God loves them. Ephesian 3:18-19
  • A disciple-maker does everything heartily, as serving God, not men. Colossians 3:23

Exhibits Christian characteristics: tithe, loving your neighbor, walk by faith, service, personal bible study and faithfulness

  • A disciple gives to the needy. Matthew 6:2
  • A disciple hates evil and holds to what is good. Romans 12:9
  • A disciple obeys the physical laws of the government. Romans 13:1, 2, 5
  • A disciple experiences joy. 1 Corinthians 8:2
  • A disciple does not boast of their accomplishments, but only of Christ's. Galatians 6:14
  • A disciple knows God's will for his/her life. Ephesians 1:1
  • A disciple serves without grumbling or disputing. Philippians 2:14
  • A disciple disciplines themselves for the purpose of godliness. 1 Timothy 4:7
  • A disciple is not addicted to anything. Titus 1:7
  • A disciple lives a disciplined life. Hebrews 12:7, 12-13
  • A disciple denies worldly lusts and lives a holy life. Peter 1:14-16, 2:11-12
  • A disciple financially supports those in ministry. Romans 16:2, 1 Corinthians 9:1-14
  • A married disciple fulfills his/her conjugal duties within marriage. 1 Corinthians 7:5
  • A disciple tithes, financially supports ministry and personal needs as an intentional habit and in proportion to his/her prosperity. Luke 11:39-52; 1 Corinthians 16:2
  • A disciple loves his/her neighbor by sharing their burdens. Galatians 6:2-6
  • A disciple praises God. Ephesians 1:3
  • A disciple seeks to "grow up" spiritually and to know truth from error. Ephesians 4:14
  • A wife submits to her husband's leadership. Ephesians 5:22; Colossians 3:18
  • A husband loves his wife. Ephesians 5:25; Colossians 3:19
  • A disciple studies scripture to prepare for service. 2 Timothy 2:15
  • A disciple is to be an example to all believers by conduct. 1 Timothy 4:12
  • A disciple responsibly provides for his own needs. 2 Thessalonians 3:10, 12
  • Women who are disciples dress modestly. 1 Timothy 2:9
  • A disciple lives by faith. Hebrews 10:38-39, 11:5, 8
  • A disciple obeys God's word. Revelation 1:3, 2:26, 3:8, 3:19, 12:17, 14:12

Is involved in ministry and ministry training

  • A disciple accepts the invitation to train to develop the basic behavior, habits, and skills of a disciple. Matthew 4:19; Mark 1:18; Luke 5:27-28
  • A disciple lives and ministers intentionally. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Believes Jesus can do and does miraculous things

  • A disciple believes Jesus can and asks Jesus to do supernatural feats. Luke 4:38-39
  • A disciple knows Jesus is Lord of all nature. Matthew 8:27
  • A disciple knows Jesus is more powerful than Satan. Luke 11:20-22

Is learning to live a Holy Spirit controlled and empowered life

  • A disciple receives the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38
  • A disciple puts to death the deeds of the flesh/body. Romans 8:13
  • A disciple knows that God has given spiritual gifts to Christians. Ephesians 4:7
  • A disciple uses his/her spiritual gift to serve others. 1 Peter 4:10
  • Shares faith through words and action
  • A disciple invites persons they know to learn about Jesus. Matthew 1:41, 4:29, 9:10
  • A disciple spends time with non-believers seeking to evangelize them. Mark 2:17
  • A disciple verbally shares his/her faith. Philippians 1:14
  • A disciple is a doer of the word, not just a hearer. James 1:22-25
  • Believes in and experiences the power of prayer
  • A disciple knows that unbiased prayer will be answered by God. Matthew 18:19
  • A disciple knows God does not answer prayers of those seeking to further a life of sin. John 9:31
  • A disciple prays. Acts 2:42
  • Spends time with other believers in fellowship
  • A disciple devotes themselves to the fellowship of Christians. Acts 2:42
  • A disciple is hospitable. Acts 21:7
  • A disciple's goal in disputes is to maintain peace to demonstrate our unity in Christ. Ephesians 4:3-4
  • A disciple knows the purpose of the interactive life of a church (body) is to bring its members to Christ-likeness - to be a mature disciple. Ephesians 4:13
  • A disciple knows that individual maturity comes as the church corporately works together to make disciples. Ephesians 4:16
  • A disciple shares with others. Hebrews 13:16
  • Is accountable to a mentor
  • A disciple spends time observing the disciplemaker in ministry. Mark 1:29
  • A disciple spends lots of time with the disciplemaker. Luke 8:1
  • A disciple does the same work as his/her disciplemaker. Acts 6:8
  • A disciple serves under the leadership of a disciplemaker as a child serves his/her father. Philippians 2:22
  • A disciple is subject to the elders. 1 Peter 5:5
  • Is raising children in the Lord
  • A disciple sets an example worthy of imitation. 1 Corinthians 4:16-17
  • A child obeys his/her parents. Colossians 3:20
  • A father does not exasperate his children. Colossians 3:21
  • A disciplemaker manages his own household well, keeping his/her children under control. 1 Timothy 3:4, 12
  • Is encouraging to others
  • A disciple gently restores those caught in sin. Galatians 6:1
  • A disciple does not speak against a brother. James 4:11, 5:9-11
  • A disciple regularly meets with other Christians for mutual encouragement in spiritual growth Hebrews 3:13, 10:24-25

Demonstrating God's Love by using gifts and abilities to serve within the church, the community and beyond.