The Bonhoeffer Project Presents – Disciple Making Gaps

The Bonhoeffer Project team will work with attendees to point out gaps in typical disciple making efforts. These gaps create frustration and discouragement, have led to ministries running hard, spending money, wearing people out, and have very little to show for it. Faithfulness is not enough, because faithfulness without fruitfulness is not actual faithfulness to what Jesus told us to do. There are many gaps that must be closed, and greater clarity is needed. Ambiguity is the enemy of effectiveness. The following sessions represent a starter course on the basic gaps in disciple making.

Track Session 1 – The Gospel Gap: Bill Hull & Ben Sobels

Thursday, April 30th 12:30pm – 1:30pm (Pacific Time)

The Gospel we believe determines the disciples we make. The de facto gospel that dominates worldwide separates salvation from discipleship. This separation is a huge mistake that almost ensures that the vast majority of Christians will opt out of a serious life in Christ. If you want to get to the bottom of this problem as to why so many Christians are making so little of a difference, we hope you will join us in this session. We are so in love with our salvation, we have indulged ourselves to the point that we have no time or energy left to replicate or multiply the gospel. This gap is only closed when discipleship in Christ becomes a natural part of what it means to be saved.

Track Session 2 – The Clarity Gap: Bill Hull & Jim Thomas

Thursday, April 30th 2:00pm – 3:00pm (Pacific Time) 

When speaking of making disciples, you get as many versions of what that means as there were languages at the tower of Babel. This confusion, however, is not of God, and has not been initiated by God. Jesus was very clear as to what a disciple is; it is right in front of us as we read the gospels. Despite Christ’s clear description, ambiguity reigns in many a congregation as to how to make disciples. If you don’t have clarity on this issue, your efforts will be thwarted. Before a disciple can be made, there needs to be enough specificity to create environments, covenants, relationships, and the actual traits and skills necessary to make a disciple. We are not just making a disciple that can be effective and useful during religious meetings, but someone who can be activated in the culture as a faithful witness of Christ. Let’s get clear.

Track Session 3 – The Planning/Implementation Gap: Bill Hull, Sandy Mason, Denny Heiberg, Cindy Perkins, Jim Thomas

Thursday, April 30th 3:30pm – 4:30pm (Pacific Time) 

After one goes to a conference or takes a training course, there is new excitement, often called the Honeymoon Stage. You return to your home refreshed, recharged, and ready to go. You put more effort into the plan than ever before, and you can’t remember you were last so excited. A year later, even though your effort has been a full one and very long sustained, the effort has exceeded any meaningful results. You experience a motivational dip, discouragement, fatigue. The people around you notice it, and they join you. They then move cynically back into the previous routines of religious life. This is either a time to find a new plug and play program, to give up, or to enter into a new learning stage that can form new habits. Let’s develop new habits.

Discipleship for Women — Discipling Women in Hard Places

Track Session 1 – Every Mary Needs an Elizabeth (Joanne Kraft)

Thursday, April 30th 8:00am – 9:00am (Pacific Time)

Women are pretty amazing at relationships, just ask us and we’ll tell you. We’re hard-wired to connect and nurture others.  But, what does the Bible say about connecting and nurturing others for Jesus? Tucked away in the gospel of Luke is a beautiful story of discipleship between two women. The story of Mary and Elizabeth empowers us to engage in discipleship and shows us the perfect relationship for the Lord to encourage the miraculous.

Track Session 2 – Discipling Debbie Doubter (Teasi Cannon)

Thursday, April 30th 9:30am – 10:30am (Pacific Time)

Skepticism is on the rise in our culture, and people in the church are not immune to it. With allegations of fake news  floating around and emotionally charged rhetoric monopolizing the public square—even between Christians—it’s easy to understand why  believers experience periods of doubt. If welcomed and lovingly addressed, doubts can be some of the best catalysts for authentic and lifelong spiritual growth.  Learn to see doubt in a positive way. Discover ways to love the doubters in our lives and leave with tools that will bolster even your own faith.

Track Session 3 – Discipling Women in Hard Places  (Joanne Kraft)

Thursday, April 30th 11:00am – 12:00pm (Pacific Time)

She’s hurting, now what? How does discipleship fit inside broken places? Women in pain are the loneliest and most isolated of all. Learn to navigate others through worry, pain and grief and come out stronger and more in love with Jesus. Gain confidence to disciple through fiery trials and the testing of their faith.  Be that woman who never passes by someone in pain again, but, instead, runs toward the fire she’s going through.

Exponential — Mobilize Disciples to Multiply Disciples

Track Session 1 – Is Your Leadership Limiting Your Church to Addition? (Bill Couchenour and Ralph Moore)

Thursday, April 30th 8:00am – 9:00am (Pacific Time)

How can you increase your capacity as a leader? Gaining an understanding of the 5 essential practices of hero making (leaders investing in making other leaders) will help you transform your aspirations and good intentions into personal multiplication leadership capacity (i.e. hero making capacity).

Track Session 2 – The Three Dimensions of Multiplication (Todd Wilson and Ralph Moore)

Thursday, April 30th 9:30am – 10:30am (Pacific Time)

What are the key dimensions in your ministry that will produce the greatest results? The heart of multiplication can be found in the dimensions of disciple making, capacity building, and the mobilization of Christians into their calling. Energy and efforts spent correctly in these areas can lead to explosive multiplication that advances the mission in a powerful way.

Track Session 3 – Mobilizing God’s People for Disciple Making (Rob Wegner and Ralph Moore)

Thursday, April 30th 11:00am – 12:00pm (Pacific Time)

All Christians share a common calling to be disciples who make disciples, wherever they go. Each Christian also has a secondary or unique calling. We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, to do unique good works and deeds, wherever we can be most effective. Instead of recruiting volunteers, imagine the impact if churches mobilized everyday missionaries to the unique mission fields where they work, live, study and play? This workshop focuses on a simple BE-DO-GO framework for calling and six key shifts necessary for churches to establish a culture of healthy mobilization.

Faith International University — Discipling Biblically, the Master Plan Way: What It Is and What It Isn’t

Track Session 1 – Why don’t more people disciple- Ignorance, unbelief, fear, the cost? (Scotty Kessler, Elliot Taylor)

Thursday, April 30th 12:30pm – 1:30pm (Pacific Time)

The great commission is a commandment, what stops people from obeying it?

Track Session 2 – What does it mean to disciple intentionally, on purpose and strategically, with a plan? (Scotty Kessler, Elliot Taylor)

Thursday, April 30th 2:00pm – 3:00pm (Pacific Time)

Discipleship is meant to be intentional and strategic. That means it is not accidental and there must be a plan, that is a good plan, that is then executed by the disciple-maker

Track Session 3 – What is the difference between addition and multiplication in disciple-making and church planting? (Scotty Kessler, Elliot Taylor)

Thursday, April 30th 3:30pm – 4:30pm (Pacific Time)

Discipleship is meant to involve multiplication not simply addition. This enables it to have multi-generational impact, which is God’s will. (2 Timothy 2:2)

Global Discipleship Initiative — Turning Your Church into a Disciple Making Mission

You know that the mission of the church is to make reproducing disciples, but do you know HOW? What if you were asked, “What is your PLAN for MAKING DISCIPLES”? We can help you with the answer.

Our experience of over 30 years teaches us that micro groups (3s and 4s) are the ideal environment to transform and multiply disciples and disciple makers. The picture below summarizes our process which will unfold in the three sessions.

Track Session 1 – Successful Journey: Disciples Who Make Disciples: Experience the Buzz. (Greg Ogden and Ralph Rittenhouse)

Thursday, April 30th 12:30pm – 1:30pm (Pacific Time)

What a Church Looks Like with 150 Multiplying Micro Groups!

Track Session 2 – The Relational Environment (Car): The Genius of Micro Groups. (Greg Ogden and Ralph Rittenhouse)

Thursday, April 30th 2:00pm – 3:00pm (Pacific Time)

Create the Environment for Transformation and Multiplication of Disciples

Track Session 3 – Reproducible Process (Driver/GPS/Map): A Transferable Tool. (Greg Ogden and Ralph Rittenhouse)

Thursday, April 30th 3:30pm – 4:30pm (Pacific Time)

A Disciple Making Curriculum That Empowers Disciple Makers

Relational Discipleship Network — Creating A Disciple Making Culture Outside the Walls of the Church

Is the church of today winning? In order to determine if the Church is winning, we must define what a winning church looks like. It is not enough to say that Jesus’ church wins, we need to determine what makes a church His church. Jesus gave us a mission to make disciples. During Jesus’ time on earth, He gave us a model of disciple making to follow. When we look at Jesus’ model, we see some key components that he used to make disciples. In these workshop sessions we will explore each of these and how you can use them to help you to create a disciple making culture outside the walls of the church.

Track Session 1 – Intentional Leader “Scouting, Recruiting and Developing An Army Of Disciple-Makers” (Luke Yetter, Jim Putman, Brandon Guindon & Joel Owen)

Thursday, April 30th 12:30pm – 1:30pm (Pacific Time)

How do you intentionally build a team of disciple makers? What are some of the challenges and the successes?
As Leaders, how are you currently investing your time and energy as leaders-prioritizing people and tasks?
What are your roles and responsibilities as church leaders?
What are some essential steps for a coach when equipping and raising up disciples of Jesus with purpose and vision?

Track Session 2 – Relational Environments “Mature Disciples Are Made In Real Relational Environments” (Luke Yetter, Jim Putman, Brandon Guindon & Joel Owen)

Thursday, April 30th 2:00pm – 3:00pm (Pacific Time)

How do you set the DNA of a disciple-making environment?
How does a leader go about creating a relational environment that is still intentional about making disciples of Jesus?
What strengthens and hurts a relational environment?
What are some practical “do’s and don’ts” when it comes to creating an effective relational environment?

Track Session 3 – Reproducible Disciple Making Process “My Part, Their Part, God’s Part” (Luke Yetter, Jim Putman, Brandon Guindon & Joel Owen)

Thursday, April 30th 3:30pm – 4:30pm (Pacific Time)

How do you raise up an army of disciple makers who understand their part in making disciples of Jesus?
What did Jesus do with His disciples that are reproducible today?
How do you draw out a clear disciple making process that is understandable, teachable and reproducible?

In each track session, we will be addressing these questions and more. There will also be a live Question & Answer time for you to participate in with our session speakers.

Renew.org — The Teachings of Jesus to Fuel Disciple Making

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Thursday, April 30th 8:00am – 9:00am (Pacific Time)

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Thursday, April 30th 9:30am – 10:30am (Pacific Time)

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Thursday, April 30th 11:00am – 12:00pm (Pacific Time)

Small Circle — Disciple Making at a Table for Two

Disciple-making takes place in different relational settings and all of them have value. There is a space where disciple-making where the deepest, most transparent disciple-making takes place. It’s a table for two.

Smallcircle is a one-to-one approach with proven tools to equip everyday people to reach a relational depth and life-change that is very difficult to reach in typical church-culture settings. The tools have expanded at a global rate, used in every state in the US, in over 60 countries, 25 languages, on 6 continents with phenomenal results, making disciples who make disciples.

Track Session 1 – Why we are scientifically wired to get beyond the group setting (Steve McCoy)

Thursday, April 30th 8:00am – 9:00am (Pacific Time)

Why is it that when only two of us are sitting in a restaurant booth, there is a certain sense of close connectivity that uniquely happens without a third party? The answer is that we are engineered to experience various levels of closeness in different relational settings. Jesus demonstrated that disciple-making takes place in all kinds of settings – group, micro-group (3-4 people), and one-to-one. It’s the one-to-one that often gets left out in disciple-making and an invaluable relational dimension is lost. This session will focus on the necessity, the power, and the strategy of including the one-to-one level in disciple-making.

Track Session 2 – To create a disciple-making culture, we’ve got to get everyday people in the game…and here’s how (Steve McCoy)

Thursday, April 30th 8:00am – 9:00am (Pacific Time)

The disciple-making challenge of the Great Commission has no exemptions – every Christ follower is included. But how do we make this a reality in our local church where Truck Driver Ted and Soccer Mom Sally, everyday people, are confident to make disciples? The responsibility falls to leaders to equip – that is, to provide equipment. The only way to create a culture of disciple-making in your local church is if you have a strategy that includes Ted and Sally, everyday people. This session provides real tools (printed and mobile app) specifically designed for the everyday person to be involved in disciple-making at an in-depth level. The great thing is that you can download these tools at no charge and you’ll be equipped to launch them right away.

Track Session 3 – Getting beyond information transfer when using tools (Steve McCoy)

Thursday, April 30th 11:00am – 12:00pm (Pacific Time)

Human beings absorb truth in many more ways than merely hearing or reading. A disciple is not made through information transfer. No one knew this better than Jesus. For example, imagine integrating real life experiences (we call them labs) in disciple-making like Jesus did when he asked Peter to get out of the boat. Do you think Peter ever forgot that experience? You will walk out of this session with a broad collection of real-life labs that you can build into your disciple-making experience. These labs will lift your disciple-making way beyond information transfer. We will also look at the smallcircle app, listed on the Top 10 list of tools by discipleship.org.

Like Jesus/Sonlife – Creating a Culture of Disciple Making

I have been privileged to lead a disciple-making movement that has now grown to 140 countries around the globe. Growing out of an intense study of Jesus life, I have developed the conviction that you can master discipling but miss Jesus; but if you master Jesus, you will not miss discipling.

Involved in training the staff of a mega-church in the Life of Christ and how He discipled, we carefully researched how to take the principles of discipling to the average lay person… creating a culture of disciple-making in the local church.  The outcome of that research was a book called 4 Chair Discipling (Mission) and two Bible studies entitled Walk Like Jesus (Model) and Live Like Jesus (Methods).

In my three workshops, we will give an overview of those three Like Jesus resources, and the strong digital platform we designed to help churches support a culture of disciple making.

Track Session 1 – Like Jesus in Mission… The 4-step pathway Jesus modeled in disciple making (Dann Spader)

Thursday, April 30th 12:30pm – 1:30pm (Pacific Time)

In this session we will look at the four challenges Jesus gave His disciples as He masterfully took them from curious seekers to fully trained disciple makers.

Track Session 2 -Like Jesus in Model… He demonstrated six qualities to become an effective disciple maker (Dann Spader)

Thursday, April 30th 2:00pm – 3:00pm (Pacific Time)

In this session we will look at six foundational principles of creating a culture of disciple making as seen in Christ’s own life.

Track Session 3 – Like Jesus in Methods… Seven Priorities Jesus lived by from His own stated teaching (Dann Spader)

Thursday, April 30th 3:30pm – 4:30pm (Pacific Time)

In this session we will study John 17 and look at the seven “I” statements Jesus made about how He invested in His disciples.

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