Having recently started in a new ministry possition, I'm reviewing my chruch's discipleship processes (including evangelism). The "web-diagram" below represents not a thorough analysis, but rather, three lenses to focus my understanding of how discipleship functions in my new "household of faith".
As a personal exercise, the aim is to achieve 3 things with this web-diagram:
What I imediately noticed:
Other than the most public (burgundy) and intimate (mint) spaces in which people might consider themselves as belonging, we currently have relatively few opportunities to conduct evangelism/discipleship. In the personal (purple) & social (pink) spaces, we basically only have "bible study" small groups currently opporating - the other opportunities listed in those bands are not yet opperating.
That means we have relatively few opportunities to disciple people outside...
i) the regular Sunday meetings (public space) and,
ii) opportunistic evangelistic opportunities such as "2 ways to live" and some 1-on-1 "Christianity explained" (intimate space).
It is worth noting that attempting to move people from public (burgundy) to intimate (mint) contexts for discipleship is a big ask. And, moving people from intimate (mint) to public (burgundy) contexts for discipleship leaves them to figure out the purpose and value of public meetings unassisted.
Hi, I'm Steve. This page is just getting pulled together this May/June - sorry for the gaps!