Discipleship is conducted as a one-on-one teaching relationship between two people, the teacher (discipler) and student (disciple) who meet periodically to go through discipleship lessons that consist of basic teachings, Scripture references and homework questions in the following curricula:
- Discipleship I (shared with permission and launched in Sep 2014) is about knowing Jesus and learning the basics of our Christian faith, i.e., what we believe and why we believe it.
- Discipleship II (developed by Amwell COB and launched in Sep 2023) is about sharing Jesus and becoming equipped to know how to share your testimony and what Jesus has done for you.
Why should we disciple?
- Jesus said to do it. All authority has been given unto Jesus. He commanded us to teach the nations (Matthew 28:18-20)
- Learning is a lifelong effort and should be intentional. The Bible often lists together knowledge, wisdom and understanding (Hebrews 5:11-14)
Who should be discipled?
- New believers in Jesus Christ (I Peter 2:2)
- People who want to learn and grow in grace and knowledge of their Lord and Savior (II Peter 3:18)
How should discipling be handled?
- With gentleness, like a nursing mother (I Thessalonians 2:7-13)
- There will be mutual growth for both the disciple and disciple (Proverbs 27:17)
What is the discipleship format?
- 1:1 between the person providing the discipleship (discipler) and the person being discipled (disciple).
- Genders are paired, i.e., a man to disciple another man/boy and a woman to disciple another woman/girl.
- Meet for at least one hour each week at the same time and location that is free of distractions. Pairs can also meet remotely via videoconference.
- Before each meeting
- The disciple reads the lesson, looks up scripture and answers questions.
- The discipler reads the lesson and determines any additional thoughts or scriptures to discuss.
- During the meeting
- Discuss throughts on the lesson.
- Answer the disciple's questions.
- Investigate Scriptures.
- Determine how to apply the lesson to the disciple's life.
- Maintain confidentiality.
- Completing Discipleship l before Discipleship ll is recommended, but not mandatory.