Aug 13, 2015

Develop, Multiply

Episode 61: Developing Discipleship Meetings – Part 1

In the first of a two-part series on developing discipleship meetings, Lance Crowell and Spencer Plumlee discuss the nuts and bolts of planning and executing a one-on-one discipleship meeting with a student. This episode includes tips on location, preparation, and meeting structure.

Spencer Plumlee
// Senior Pastor of Riverview Baptist Church in Osage Beach, MO // @spencerplumlee

Notable Points:

  • When setting up a discipleship meeting with a student, try to choose a location on campus.
  • Plan for the first meeting to take about an hour and a half, and start by hearing their testimony. This gives a chance to hear their story, and get a diagnostic of their spiritual walk.
  • From the very first meeting, begin to cast a vision for replication and multiplication.
  • When planning a meeting with students, think about what the “next steps” are for students in growing and passing on their faith.
  • Have you Bible and journal present at the meeting so you can take notes – especially of prayer requests the student will share.
  • One way to cut down on preparation time is to make sure that what they are reading in their quiet time matches what you are reading. Steer conversations around what God taught each of you in the previous week.
  • You have a maximum of four years with a student. A goal should be to instill in them practices that will help them in their walk with Jesus no matter where they end up. (Prayer, daily reading of the Word)
  • Students are not just a project. It should not feel like anything other than you caring about them and living life together.

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about the author

Spencer Plumlee

Spencer is the pastor of Riverview Baptist Church in Osage, MO. He previously served churches in South Carolina and Texas in youth, college, and discipleship ministry. He has a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.