How to best mentor new converts has been a topic in the shadows in Anaheim for the past several months.
This last Sunday night, we brought the topic into the light as the subject of our evening Bible class. We’ve decided to begin an intentional congregational discipling effort using brother Gene Taylor’s discipling workbook You Are A Christian (YAAC). Gene’s material covers the topics of Personal Changes, The Bible, The Church and Personal Responsibilities, in an effort to, “…help those who are new in the faith to understand some basic concepts necessary to living successfully as a Christian.” Gene Taylor, You Are A Christian; pg. 1 Preface. Gene’s materials can be found online by searching Gene Taylor You Are A Christian.
Anaheim brethren have been encouraged to read through the material taking notes on what they consider the strengths and weaknesses of each lesson. We plan to assemble this Sunday night in class and note these observations for one another.
In addition to Gene’s material, the Kirksville, MO brethren have included their own materials in the printing of their workbooks. Kirksville’s contributions to Gene’s work includes: “Thoughts for Hosts,” “Host Family Discussion Questions,” and “Discipleship Studies: Host…” and “…Student Assessments.” Kirksville’s additional materials are designed to help both teacher and student implement practical steps for the new Christian to take in the early stages of their faith.
Already, Anaheim is suggesting ways they believe they can improve this material and make it their own. There is even some talk about them building their own materials! This is wonderful, “Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more,…” 1 Thessalonians 4:9,10 !
The thought at this point in Anaheim is to take advantage of the work other faithful brethren have done in discipling new Christians and build from there. You Are A Christian and Kirksville’s material is being considered as, if nothing else, a good template to get Anaheim’s own creativeness flowing.
I hope to write more about these efforts as things progress.
Do you know any new Christians? Are they being mentored as disciples (Matthew 28:19,20)? What can you do personally to help them grow spiritually (Hebrews 10:24,25)? What can you encourage your local body of believers to do to help new converts grow in the grace and knowledge God (2 Peter 3:17,18) and find their place in the work of the Lord (Ephesians 4:7-16)?