Establish immediately by showing people how to do a "One Thing Study."Don't wait. If possible, hold a first "mini-meeting" on the spot with anyone who says, "Yes" to the "Do you want to know more?" question. Begin right away. A brief, 5-10 minute, meeting gives the interested person a good idea of what a second meeting would be like.
Establish preparedly by having the New Testament on hand. Either have it on hand in paper form or virtually through a hand held device. Bible Gateway is a great site to use. Save it as a bookmark or icon on your device so you can access it quickly.
Mature by holding weekly, "love and truth" meetings.
Weekly meetings are essential. Any less and momentum suffers. The weekly rhythm affords students the opportunity to process and apply what they're learning in each meeting.
Weekly meetings may become more than weekly meetings. As relationships deepen, and love grows, it's not uncommon to get together more often. These extra get-togethers are where disciple making broadens beyond the "once a week" learning paradigm and becomes life on life.
Weekly meetings vary in format. They can be coed or same gender. They can have a soft start and finish (casual, drop-in, "come and go" style) or they can have a hard start and finish time. They can occur on campus, in a home, at work, or at an eatery, etc. Each group will have to decide several things about their meetings: day of the week, duration, length, time, location, childcare, meal, worship and prayer options.
Weekly meetings should include love and truth. Love and truth are the two key elements in a transforming relationship. The goal of weekly meetings should be to demonstrate love and discuss the truth together. Use Grant Howard's definition of love (see quote) to gauge if love is being demonstrated. Truth are the Scriptures (John 17:17b). Choose from one of the following tools below to discover truth together.
Love takes the initiative, acts sacrificially, to meet needs. — Grant Howard
Challenge observationally by looking for those who demonstrate the desire and readiness to be trained to multiply. Take note of someone who has the makings of an "apprentice." Someone who shows the potential to Tell, Teach and Train others.
Challenge intentionally by inviting the mature to be trained to reach others. This is essential to the expansion of the movement. Movements stagnate if they don't provide training opportunities for those with leadership potential. Leaders wander off and give guidance to other groups when they are not challenged by their own group.
Challenge prayerfully by seeking God about who to train. Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night. At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles. Luke 6:12,13 NLT
Challenge personally by speaking individually to those ready to be trained. Let them know you think they are ready to begin Telling and Teaching others. Let them have more time co-leading. You'll want to schedule extra meeting time with them for training.
Move to the Train stage with those who accept your challenge.
Expansion of the movement only occurs if the faithful are challenged to multiply.
One Thing Study. These are for personal devotion. They should be the first thing taught and consistently reviewed.
Discovery Study. These are for small group Bible study. They contain no content. They are developed by the group as they are taught.
Foundation Studies. These are also for small group Bible study, They contain content and focus on the basic beliefs of the Christian faith. They are good for beginners and anyone else who has not had a systematic overview of Christianity.