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Session 1: Leading the Process

In this session, you will be introduced to key components of the Leadership Development pathway and review helpful tips in facilitating the Foundational Bible Studies.

Heart of a Leader (40 min)

  • Worship together in the big group
  • Have participants get into groups of 3-4 people and discuss the following:
    1. What are you learning about abiding in Christ? How are you practicing abiding through His Word, prayer, obedience, PCS, relationships and fellowship?
    2. In what areas of your life do you find it challenging to obey God?
    3. What unresolved conflict do you have?
    4. In what areas are you believing God by faith, beyond your own ability?

Vision Casting for the Heart

Timothy was one of the next generation leaders that Paul had developed. Timothy was faithful but he still needed encouragement from Paul to “…train yourself to be godly…” embracing the disciplines of a disciple and the responsibilities of spiritual leadership. Here are wise words for Timothy and for us as we lead others to follow Christ and fish for men. Read 1 Timothy 4:11-16

Celebration of Faithfulness (20 min)

(NOTE: Celebrate Faithfulness in the large group so that all can benefit and be encouraged.)

  • Give opportunity for participants to share what has happened since the last meeting. Ask them to relate it to goals from the last meeting.

Iron on Iron: Sharpening Myself and Others (45 min)

Each time we meet we will use a peer mentoring process called Iron on Iron. This comes from Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another.” Let’s review the format for these meetings.

  • Demonstrate Church Health Circles and how to diagram multiplication (best done on a white board or on a large sheet of paper so everyone can see the demonstration)
    • Make sure everyone has pen and paper, have everyone draw a circle with dotted lines to represent their discipleship group
    • Above the circle, have them put 3 numbers: # of people in group, # of people who are believers, # who are baptized. example: 12 / 9 / 7
    • Review the list of characteristics from Acts 2:42-27 that we desire for each group to have. Include symbols or letters to represent each of these characteristics:
      1. Prayer (use symbol of someone praying or PR)
      2. Worship (use symbol of music note or WP)
      3. Studying the Word (use symbol of book or WD)
      4. Witness/Prayer, Care, Share (use symbol of seeds or WIT or PCS)
      5. Fellowship (use symbol of heart or F)
      6. Baptism (use symbol of water or B)
      7. Giving (use symbol of money or G)
      8. Lord’s supper (use symbol of cup or LS)
      9. Leaders (use symbol of a shepherd or smiley face or LD)
    • It is helpful to also add the location, the date the group was started and the name of the leader if there has been one appointed
    • Have them evaluate their group. If the group is practicing that characteristic, then have them write that word or symbol inside the circle. If the group is not practicing that characteristic have them write the symbol outside the circle. Below is an example:


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    • When a group identifies as a church, it is represented by a solid circle.
    • Draw a sample of 2-3 generations of groups.
    • Discuss the following questions in the large group. Use the sample diagram you have drawn for the discussion.
      1. What is going well?
      2. What is not going well? What obstacles are you facing?
      3. What are possible solutions from the other group members?
      4. What do you need to do to add the missing characteristics into each group?
    • Debrief the process used in the demonstration.
      • What did you like best about the process? Why?
  • Draw your own generational map using the process demonstrated.
    • Allow time for each person to work individually to draw their generational map
    • In small groups of 3-4 explain your diagram and discuss the questions.
    • NOTE: The multiplication networks will be very small at this point in the process. We are just teaching the format of Iron on Iron times and reinforcing the main outcome we are trusting God for in this training process.
    • Have each person set goals from their evaluation and tell them to their small group.
    • Pray for one another.

New Lesson (45-60 min)

Section 1: Facilitating Foundational Bible Study

The three-thirds process is very powerful. It helps develop multiplication. The different components of the three-thirds process all contribute in different ways. Let’s explore how the process works.

  • Draw the three-thirds (3/3) discipleship process as follows, using only a black marker. (NOTE: The colors will be added later.)
Care (How are you doing?) New Lesson Preparing for the Mission (Practice)
Worship Going on the Mission (Setting Goals)
Celebration of Faithfulness (Accountability and Review) Praying for the Mission
Vision Casting (Motivation for who they can become or what God do through them)


    • Ask in the large group:
      • What parts are focused internally, helping a group grow as healthy followers of Jesus?
      • What parts are focused externally, helping a group multiply?
    • After discussing as a large group
      • Identify the Internally Focused parts by circling or starring with a GREEN marker: Care, Worship, New Lesson, Praying for the Mission
      • Identify the Externally Focused parts by circling or starring with a RED marker: Celebration of Faithfulness (Accountability), Vision Casing,

Preparing for the Mission (Practice), Going on the Mission (Setting Goals)

    • Point out that the GREEN parts are more like a traditional Bible study, they are important for growth and health. The 4 RED parts contribute to multiplication. If you are short on time, give priority to the RED parts.

Overview of FBS Topics and Preparing for the Mission Sections

  • Review the FBS Topics and the Preparing for the Mission sections to show how they lead to the desired outcome.
Topic Preparing for the Mission
1 Assurance of Salvation Practice Sharing the Gospel
2 Relationship and Fellowship Review of Network List;

Practice leading someone to Christ

3 Keeping in Step with the Spirit Being filled with the Spirit
4 Boldly Identifying with Jesus Starting conversations;

Sharing gospel or follow-up lessons

5 Growing through God’s Word Personal Bible study
6 Talking with God Personal prayer time
7 Abiding in Jesus Spiritual breathing (Lesson 3)
8 Amazing Question and Care Transition conversation and Telling the story
9 God Prepared People Amazing Question and caring for others
10 My Story Preparing my story (testimony)
11 Being a Witness Successful witnessing, Spiritual Breathing, filling of Spirit
12 Opening Doors Missional Event
13 Committing to One Another Health circle
14 Remembering Jesus Sacrifice Communion/Lord’s supper
15 Giving with Purpose Handling giving and identifying needs
16 Cost of Discipleship Any skill or topic from previous lessons (just in time training)
17 Ongoing Book Study Any skill or topic from previous lessons (just in time training)

Caring for One Another Tips

  • Monitor your time in the Caring for One Another segment.
  • If someone has a need or issue that needs additional attention, ask them to stay after the meeting to talk further.
  • Seek to provide wise, Biblical counsel without becoming their counselor. Encourage the group to offer helpful suggestions and meet practical needs.

Discovery Discussion Tips

  • Involve everyone in the discussion:
    • Have everyone in the group answer the first question: What did you like best? Why?
    • Have someone who just answered a question call on someone else in the group to continue the discussion by answering the question.
  • To keep from error:
    • Ask what verse they got the idea from
    • Ask the group what they think about what was said
    • Have the group hold each accountable to retell the story accurately (Read, Tell, Correct)
  • Do use the bible stories.
  • Do only talk 25% and let your group talk 75%.
  • Do let the Holy Spirit work, rather than looking for right answers.
  • Do facilitate the group through asking questions.
  • Do have fun!
  • Don’t talk about politics or religion, either good or bad.
  • Don’t change topics or pursue other interesting topics
  • Don’t dominate the conversation; let everyone participate
  • Don’t over explain. It is hard to avoid explaining Scripture when we work with new believers. We need to show them Scripture is the authority and not ourselves. If we are the authority, then multiplication is limited by our leadership and our time to teach every group. We must allow the Holy Spirit to use His Word in their hearts.
  • Remember, watch your time! You want to leave plenty of time for Preparing for the Mission and Going on the Mission.
  • If you want to discuss the topic more, you can repeat the lesson the following week. You do not have to use a new topic every week you meet.

Preparing for Mission (20 mins)

  • Have everyone find a partner:
    • Draw the 3/3 discipleship process and identify the 4 parts for multiplication.
    • Review the 16 FBS topics and the Preparing for the Mission sections
    • Write “I will by when” statements

NOTE: It is helpful to assign one another partners so that each participant will have a partner they can connect with, pray with and share mutual encouragement with in between the Develop meetings.

Sending the Laborers

  • Introduce or reinforce the overall vision: a church or faith community for every 1,000 people
  • Spend time in prayer:
    • committing everyone’s goals to the Lord.
    • for God to raise up a movement of churches.
    • for more laborers to come out of the harvest.