Explain by going over the information in Local Disciple making. Tailor the explanation to your audience. A quick overview of the bold print may be appropriate for some, while a more detailed read through may be necessary for others.
2. Model Model by finding a place and time to show your disciples how to Tell and Teach. Often this involves a separate meeting from the weekly bible study with a larger group.
Model progressively by using a three step process for each step of training. First, you do it while they watch. Second, they do it while you watch. Third, they do it. People experience the "now I get it" moment as they see the tools modeled. Understanding occurs as the tools are demonstrated, not just described. Debrief after each step to determine when they are ready to move to the next step. Repeat each step until they are ready to progress to the next one. It probably won’t happen after just one attempt. Ideally, this takes place in a live setting (campus, mall, cafè) however it can be taught in a home setting. Watch Real Disciple-makers.
Coach by holding regular "review and assist" meetings. Coaching meetings are essential. They are the encouragement students need to build a lifestyle of disciple making.
Regular meetings. As disciples mature and engage in multiplication they will not need to meet weekly. Initially weekly meeting can shift to once a month meetings. Eventually they'll move to "as needed" meetings. But there will always be the need to stay in touch.
Review and Assist. Review The Big Picture and assist wherever needed. Ask, "What is your next step and how can I help?" and be ready to jump in wherever needed. Sometimes it will reviewing a tool previously taught, other times it will be modeling elements of Tell, Teach and Train.
The Big Picture. A thousand foot view of the entire disciple making process. It provides perspective and serves as a roadmap for multiplication.
Boot Camp. A six-week strategy to train people to make disciples. Each meeting is divided into five parts: Review, Read, Rehearse, Reflect, and Resource. The suggested length for each part is listed next to the title. Ideally, each meeting lasts ninety minutes. Owing to pace of the meeting and nature of the training, the meeting does not lend itself to prolonged personal prayer requests. Therefore, the leader is encouraged to open in prayer and move on from there. It is not a bad idea to have someone time each part of the meeting to set the right pace.
Plan audio visual link ups at least a day BEFORE the first meeting. Don’t wait to establish reliable video and audio feeds until just before the start of the first meeting.
Give thought to the best setting to host Boot Camp. Homes are ideal because once Boot Camp starts, it becomes a closed event. It’s closed because it is sequential and therefore not suited to new arrivals during the six weeks of training. For that reason, Sunday morning at church may not the best place to host it. It’s hard to host a closed event in a setting designed to promote openness. Those interested in taking part in the training after a Boot Camp has begun become either the first disciples of current Boot Camp participants or first members of the next Boot Camp.
Larger churches need to exercise foresight if they are to effectively launch a Bootcamp involving a large group of people. Due to the format, each large group would need to be able breakaway in groups of 6-8. As hard as it might be, a limited initial launch that focuses on training trainers to lead subsequent Bootcamps can pay big dividends in the not so distant future. For instance, training 12 trainers in Bootcamp 1 yields the potential to train 144 people in Bootcamp 2. Everyone who trains should be practitioners of what they are teaching.