PHASE I :ESTABLISHING FAITH
At the beginning of the Establishing Faith phase ("Cultivating Interest" Phase I-A) a person is not yet a believer and needs to hear the Good News about Jesus Christ in a culturally relevant manner. As God the Holy Spirit works through the Gospel and the means of grace, the new birth occurs as the person repents and confesses his sin, and places his faith in God.
NOTE: At this time, WDA does not offer evangelism resources for Phase IA. However, the following material (especially Who is God?) can be adapted and effectively used as an evangelistic resource. Our Equipping for Ministry (Phase III) materials contain evangelism training resources, but we suggest finding approaches that are culturally-specific and most relevant to each ministry.
After the new birth, the disciple needs to grow spiritually, know God personally, and learn the foundational truths and practices of the Christian life. (This happens during "Providing Follow-Up" Phase I-B)
We have the following materials in this Phase:
- Who is God? focuses on some of God's attributes that relate directly to salvation (His holiness, justice, righteousness, wrath, love, mercy and grace). This material also underscores the importance of repentance and faith as our response to the Gospel and looks at the biblical doctrines that provide an assurance of salvation.
Each of these resources consist of 5 Question/Answer sessions that can be used in a one-one setting or with a small group. Each study also includes detailed Leader's Instructions to help keep preparation to a minimum.
- Getting Started is designed to help the new believer begin to get established in his relationship with God. It covers topics such as assurance of salvation, baptism and the role of the Holy Spirit.
This resource consists of Pocket Principles and Guided Discussions in a workbook format. Pocket Principles are read prior to the Guided Discussion. Getting Started is available in a Leaders and Student Workbook.
PHASE II: LAYING FOUNDATIONS
At this Phase a disciple has become a Christian, completed basic follow-up and begins the process of getting to know God intimately and learning to walk with Him in daily obedience. The disciple also begins to build relationships with other believers.
This material has been designed to help a church or other ministry develop a progressive disciple building strategy for young believers. It should be utilized after evangelism and basic follow-up have been completed (Phase I), but prior to any formal equipping for ministry (Phase III).
The material has been organized around the three primary disciple building themes of Laying Foundations (Phase II): Knowing God, Understanding People and Growing Spiritually. Each of these these are published as a Workbook in Leader and Student editions.
Each Workbook contains 10 Pocket Principles and 10 Small Group Studies called Guided Discussions. The Pocket Principles are for a mentor to use as supplements with a disciple, or for a teacher in a class. These are followed in chapter order with Guided Discussions which facilitate discussion of the biblical themes of Phase II in a community setting. Each Leaders Workbook has leaders instructions which will help you know how to use Pocket Principles where appropriate to a disciples development.
A year-long set of Devotions called Bible Readings for Devotional Use helps the disciple establish the discipline of a Quiet Time and provides an overarching introduction to the Scriptures. Download a sample.
Teaching Outlines (provided as an added download for leaders who purchase the leaders editions)
Provides a classroom teacher with outlines that facilitates the communication of the primary theological content of this phase. Download a sample.
PHASE III: EQUIPPING FOR MINISTRY
Equipping for Ministry (Phase III)
At the Equipping for Ministry Phase (III) a disciple has a strong personal relationship with God and has matured to the point that he is ready to begin having a ministry in the life of another person. He is ready to learn how to share his testimony and the Gospel as well as how to deal with the questions non-Christians often ask. His new venture into ministry will cause him to consider issues such as time management, ministry priorities and spiritual warfare. As he continues to grow, he will learn more about the important doctrines that grow out of his position in Christ, and come to understand more about healthy relationships. The material in Phase III has been designed to help a church (or other ministry) develop a progressive disciple building strategy for the ministry trainee.
Equipping for Ministry (Phase III) materials are organized around these disciple building themes: evangelism (including follow-up of new Christians), beginning apologetics (answering questions from non-Christians), spiritual warfare, healthy relationships, ministry principles, time management, positional truth and inductive Bible study. Download a sample pack or download individual samples below.
Materials used in this Phase:
32 Teaching Outlines
Provide a classroom teacher with outlines that facilitate the communication of the primary theological content of this phase. Download a sample.
32 Pocket Principles
Provide a full text version of each Teaching Outline for a mentor to give a disciple, or for a teacher to use as handouts in a class. Download a sample.
38 Guided Discussions
(for both a disciple and a leader) Facilitate discussion of the biblical themes of Phase III in a community setting. Discussions based on content of Pocket Principles. Download a sample.
The following topics are included in Phase III:
The book More Than A Carpenter by Josh McDowell & Sean McDowell is used as the basis for six Guided Discussions on subjects such as evidence that Christ is God, tests given to Scripture to determine if it is reliable, how to argue against theories that refute the resurrection, reasons why we can trust the testimonies of the apostles, etc. There is a student version and a leader version of these Guided Discussions.
•Time Management: The Teaching Outline, Pocket Principle and Guided Discussions (2) provide a biblical basis and practical principles for managing our time. Guided discussions provide application opportunities. There is a student version and a leader version of the Guided Discussions.
•Giving: Teaching Outlines, Pocket Principles and Guided Discussions (2 of each) provide a biblical basis and practical principles for our giving (stewardship). There is a student version and a leader version of the Guided Discussions.
These lessons (four each of Teaching Outlines and Pocket Principles and Guided Discussions) give the growing Christian a beginning understanding of the person and role of Satan in the world and in the everyday life of a Christian.
These seven studies (Teaching Outlines, Pocket Principles and Guided Discussions) are an introduction to ministry principles for a Christian who is either beginning ministry or wants to review principles. How to relate to non-Christians, how and when to adapt our message, ministry priorities, are some of the topics covered. There is a student version and a leader version of these Guided Discussions.
These studies (ten Teaching Outlines, Pocket Principles and Guided Discussions) help the disciple understand his need for relationships and the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships. Other topics covered are dealing with conflict, communication and appreciating differences. There is a student version and a leader’s version of these Guided Discussions.
These studies (ten Teaching Outlines, Pocket Principles and Guided Discussions) introduce the disciple to how our standing (position) before God was affected by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Topics discussed include the believer’s relationship to the law, his relationship to sin and the Holy Spirit, justification, the relationship of the law and grace, etc.
Inductive Bible Study
•Student Workbook: This Inductive Bible Study Student Workbook gives directions about how to do an inductive study, including a background study. Sample studies are included.
•Leader’s Manual: While the Student Workbook gives directions on how to do an inductive study, the Leader’s Manual contains suggested assignments and supplemental information for a teacher who wants to teach inductive bible study. The book How to Understand Your Bible by T. Norton Sterrett is used as reference in the assignments and instructions. Download a sample.
Evangelism Training Manual
This Manual is addressed to a leader, with Teaching Outlines and instructions regarding presenting the evangelism information. There are 8 lessons designed to equip a disciple to prepare and share his testimony and to present the Gospel. Topics such as “Evangelism as a Process” and “Answering Common Questions” are covered. Follow-up materials are also included. Download a sample.
Bible Reading for Devotional Use
Fifty-two weeks of Scripture Readings guide the disciple through the books/chapters of the Bible that are relevant to the principles focused on in Phase III—Equipping for Ministry. It includes a brief guide that gives the disciple suggestions about reading and applying Scripture.
Disciple Building: A Biblical Framework
This 58-page manual presents the philosophical overview of the discipleship ministry of Christ and how its principles can be applied to disciple building today. Topics include: the need for a biblical approach to disciple building; the priority of growth to maturity; the use of the R-CAPS Grid as a tool in disciple building. Download our Free ebook.
A Small Groups Manual
This 45-page manual provides the small group leader with information about leading a progressive discipleship group as well as givies him an understanding of the dynamics of small group development and leadership. Topics include: the different kinds of small groups in the church, the five types of progressive disciple building groups, the role of the leader in disciple building groups and practical skills necessary in leading a small group.
How Emotional Problems Develop
This 31-page manual explains how a person’s past affects the present and how problems can result from not dealing with the past. Topics include: sources of pain for children; results of unresolved pain; typical adult problems that result from unresolved pain; the healing process and how to find help. Download our Free ebook.