For those wondering how to use the Multiply discipleship material, here are 7 brief points to explain how we envision these lessons being used:
1. Be personal. The material is intended for a smaller, more intimate setting. Picture the kitchen table rather than a lecture hall. Ideally, you will be walking through the lessons with an individual you are discipling, or with a small group. The more interaction you can have, the better. So ask questions and invite dialogue.
2. Be biblical. The ultimate goal is not to “get through the material.” We want to teach people what Jesus commanded (Matt 28:20), and this truth is contained in God’s Word. Trust the Word to do the work, not the lessons.
3. Be flexible. Use the material as a help, not a straightjacket. The lessons are simply meant to equip and to come alongside you in this discipleship process. Feel free to linger on sections where there’s a greater need. Don’t be afraid to adapt.
4. Be wise. Remember who you’re talking to. If you’re with an unbeliever, certain aspects of the material will obviously be more critical than others. Whatever you do, don’t give short shrift to sharing the gospel just because you want to stay on pace with the material. New believers will likewise have particular needs. Meet people where they’re at and bring them along.
5. Be prepared. As a leader, you don’t have to know everything or have all the answers. However, if you want to effectively instruct and equip others, be sure to read and think through the material before you meet, which also means reading through the key passages dealt with in these lessons. Anticipate questions. Understand the material as best you can. And be sure to check out the Leader Videos for help in this process.
6. Be engaged. That is, be willing not only to transfer new information, but also to build a relationship. Discipling someone will involve sharing life with them. Take every opportunity to model godliness in your actions and in your conversation. Truth is both taught and caught.
7. Be consistent. While discipleship is not formulaic, at least some structure is almost always helpful in such relationships. Have a set time to study the material, with the expectation that everyone will come prepared. Without being legalistic, try to stick to a plan.
As a reminder, the Multiply discipleship material is now available on the website for free. You can go here to view it or download it. This material is also scheduled to come out at the beginning of November in book form for those who prefer a hard copy. Check that out here, or wherever books are sold.