The second key to planning a great Disciple Now weekend is the leaders. Once the theme is figured out, it is time to figure out who will be leading your small group bible studies in the homes. I used to get college students from the local Christian University or BCM (Baptist Campus Ministries) group to help me out on this one. However, as I have had opportunity to be a youth pastor in one church for an extended period of time, I have enjoyed having kids who have come through the program start leading small groups once they have hit college. Its great for the younger students to see a student who has come all the way through the student ministry and its good for the leaders to be able to give something back to the group they came from. On top of that, I get to test the kids who have been under my teaching and provide them with further opportunities for growth and experience.
Wherever you get your leaders, the key is that they exhibit a growing relationship with God. At the end of the day you want someone who will reinforce what it looks like to grow and mature in a relationship with God. I like the idea of college students because it gives your students a good role model for their next steps on the journey.
Even though I generally know my leaders before they come lead the Disciple Now weekend. I generally like to sit down with them a month or two before the weekend and brief them on the Theme, the idea of what kids will be in their group, and the material they will be teaching through. I also like to catch up and find out how things are progressing at school and what God is teaching them.
- A Satire on Youth Ministry
- 9 Reflections on Disciple Now (part 1)
- 9 Reflections on Disciple Now (part 2)
- 9 Reflections on Disciple Now (part 3)
- 3 Keys to a Good Disciple Now (Part 1)
- 3 Keys to a Good Disciple Now (Part 3)