I read an article about Curtis Sergeant who talked at a training event about three things he learned regarding disciple making movements.
Curtis Sergeant has had a tremendous influence in disciple making movements around the globe. The movement that started through his ministry in China reached 10 million people in a decade.
After that, Curtis led church planting efforts at Saddleback for several years, and he has continued to train people in disciple making and church planting.
The result of his training is that 78 million people have come to Christ worldwide. That is approximately 1% of the world’s population.
We can learn a lot from Curtis’s approach to making disciples and starting movements!
First, Curtis teaches to have a sense of urgency.
Curtis refers to the immediate call to action for new believers as “duckling discipleship,” where each duck follows the duck in front of them. Most are not the lead/mama duck – people follow people who are following other people.
You reach new people, and then train them to reach new people. As you train new believers, they actively engage the people in their lives with what you have taught them. They learn as they go and grow.
Second, Curtis is very intentional about coaching specific skills.
These are skills such as sharing your testimony and sharing the gospel. Rather than just telling someone to go do this, you practice and practice and practice. For example, you can role play how to share the gospel with specific people.
You can also chart your progress through MAWL (model, assist, watch, and leave/launch). So when it is time to launch, you can assure people they are ready because you have been tracking their progress.
If people have reservations, tracking their progress in specific skills allows you to walk back through concepts and go over them again.
This specificity and intentionality in coaching are often missing in many disciple making approaches.
Third, Curtis calls for a heavy investment of time in prayer and Scripture reading.
He uses the prayer wheel to engage people in hour-long prayers. He also uses The SOAPS method to get people journaling their Bible study:
S – Scripture: read Scripture
O – Observation: re-write key verses and points
A – Application: obey what you read
P – Prayer: write prayers to God about what you learned
S – Sharing: with whom can you share what you have learned?
Disciples read 25–30 chapters of Scripture a week, and then meet in a weekly group to discuss, have personal and mutual accountability, and dive deep into each other’s lives.
Blessings and Love