Description of Materials 

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PHASE I :ESTABLISHING FAITH

Establishing Faith (Phase I)

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:

Each of these resources consist 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

Laying Foundations (Phase II)

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:

Evangelism Training Manual and Workbook

Evangelism : Sessions 1-6 

Introduction to the Gospel, What is the Gospel, Evangelism as a Process, Levels of Openness to Christ, How to Prepare and Give a Testimony, Testimonies.

The Evangelism Manual is addressed to a leader, with Teaching Outlines and instructions regarding presenting the evangelism information.  The lessons are 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.

The Evangelism Workbook designed for students featuring readings, assignments and worksheets.

Time Management: Sessions 7-8

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.

Apologetics: Sessions 9-15

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.

Spiritual Warfare-I

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.

Ministry Principles-I

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, giving, and managing money are some of the topics covered.  There is a student version and a leader version of these Guided Discussions.

Healthy Relationships

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.

Positional Truth

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.

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.

 

Developing New Leaders (Phase IV)

As you begin to use the Phase IV materials, it may be useful to refer to Disciple Building: A Biblical Framework or Maturity Matters for a summary of this phase. The following is a synopsis.

When a believer progresses to this phase, he is ready to take responsibility for the spiritual development and well-being of others. During this period, Jesus taught His disciples how to live in His Kingdom. In addition, He appointed The Twelve to be Apostles, sending them out on their own to preach the Kingdom of God and to minister to people’s needs. Mark 3:14-15 summarizes what Jesus did during this phase: “He appointed twelve, designating them apostles, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach and to have authority to cast out demons.”

This phase actually had two parts. The first involved appointing and instructing His new leaders in Kingdom principles (Phase IV-A : Appointing New Leaders). The second involved Christ creating a series of situations that forced His leaders to reevaluate their expectations of what it meant to follow Him (Phase IV-B: Focusing on Eternal Things). Both then and now, this reevaluation crisis is pivotal. It centers on leaders choosing either the eternal benefits of following Christ or leadership roles that grant them temporal power and success. (Maturity Matters, pages 67-68)

For the leader who is part of the development of a young (new) leader, WDA recommends forming a discipleship group made up of people who have already completed Equipping for Ministry. (As in Jesus’ ministry, this is an “invitation only” group.) These disciples would have already been able to experience and observe what it means to be “discipled” by a leader, been part of a community of Christians, and have seen and participated in ministry activities. As a result of doing ministry, these disciples will begin to identify people they wish to disciple. The discipleship leader can at this point form them into a group where they will learn and be trained while they begin to take responsibility for the spiritual development and well-being of others.

Developing a young (new) leader generally will take 6-9 months, perhaps longer depending on the time and circumstances. The first series of training will include Living For Christ (which includes The Sermon Of The Mount and Growing In Faith), Disciple Building: A Biblical Framework with Guided Discussions, A Small Groups Manual with Guided Discussions, Disciple Building: Life Coaching with Guided Discussions, Team Building (which includes Using Spiritual Gifts), Spiritual Warfare-II, How Emotional Problems Develop with Guided Discussions, and Kingdom

Growth which includes Growth Of The Church (Parables) and Practical Outreach (Evangelism-II). There are also Bible Readings for the disciple to use in personal devotions. WDA suggests completing the books in the order listed above. However, you may choose what works best for you in your ministry.

The second part of this training features topics related to living in the tension of the eternal versus the temporal, developing a lesson plan, teaching a topical Bible study, leading a Phase III ministry group, understanding the role of suffering, strengthening ministry principles, recognizing emotional issues, living by faith and grasping tensions within Christianity.

Living For Christ: Sermon on the Mount and Growing in Faith

This workbook consists of two volumes.  Sermon on the Mount and Growing in Faith. This edition is formatted with an Answer Key for leaders at the end of each book.

Topics include:

Sermon On The Mount

#1 Introduction To The Sermon On The Mount 1 #2 Christ’s Relationship To The Law 9 #3 Restorative Progression 18#4 Direction For Christian Living 26 #5 Our Need For God 35 #6 Don’t Be Deceived 44#7 Entering The Kingdom Of God 52

Growing In Faith

#1 Defining Faith 65#2 Understanding Faith 74 #3 Faith And Miracles 83

 

LEADERSHIP MANUALS

Leadership Manuals

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.

Disciple Building: Life Coaching

This 95 page manual provides training for lay leaders who aspire to ‘meet people where they are and help them take the next step’ of growth to maturity. It offers a philosophical approach and is carried out through the design and implementation of practical growth projects tailored to individual needs and levels of maturity.

Growth Situations occur when Life Coaches are both embedded in Discipleship Communities to help group members implement teaching and scattered throughout various church ministries to support implementation.

Some of these practical growth projects include WDA tools such as the Christian Growth Checklist and the N.G.P. (Needs, Goals, Project) Approach. These tools along with an understanding of the role of an equipping coach and the biblical framework for growth found in the R-CAPS Grid are part of the Life Coaching training WDA gives.

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.