Our Approach to Building Disciples

It is God’s will for every believer to be nurtured to maturity: “We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete (mature) in Christ.” (Colossians 1:28)

Scripture describes the process of becoming mature in Christ as “being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory” (II Corinthians 3:18). This transformation is linked to biblical disciple building, a process that leads to Christlike maturity. Jesus put it this way: “When a disciple is fully trained, he will become like his Teacher.” (Luke 6:40)

It’s clear from Matthew 28:18-20 that Jesus wants us to make disciples of all nations. But we need a complete understanding of what it means to follow Christ and help others follow Him.

Extensive research, coupled with decades of disciple building experience, has enabled WDA to help today’s disciple builders design and implement specific growth activities.

Disciple building is a biblical imperative, a primary task for the Church (Matthew 28:19-20). It is the process by which more mature believers, in cooperation with God’s Spirit, assist less mature believers as they progress in their faith toward Christlike maturity, intimacy with God and good works. The goal of disciple building is maturity that glorifies God.

Biblical Approach
Jesus had a plan for building disciples and transferred that plan to His followers. Christ’s disciple building not only included evangelism but also the development of character that followed a progressive pattern of growth. The Gospels show that Jesus taught truths in a particular order encouraging the progressive growth of each follower from their first call until He left them.

Phases of Growth
By studying the ministry and methods of Jesus, the Master Disciple Builder, WDA discovered five phases of growth—a biblical process that produces maturity. In addition, we identified five specific activities that facilitate spiritual growth. This process is clear, practical and transferable.

Practical Disciple Building
Extensive research, coupled with decades of disciple building experience, has enabled WDA to help modern disciple builders design and implement specific growth projects. More than just a program, this approach meets people where they are by equipping them for ministry and helping them overcome emotional and relational obstacles to growth.

WDA serves the Church by offering training and resources to emphasize the priority of disciple building, to train disciple builders and to build disciples.

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