Building and Implementing a Discipleship Strategy

A Solid Discipleship Strategy is Imperative if the Revival’s Fruit is to be Conserved

In his book Preparing for Revival, Brian Mills quotes Paul Yongi Cho as having said that:

“Preparation for revival is like building a dam ahead of the rain. Even though we really desire a downpour to quench the drought, if we don’t build a dam, we shall not keep that rain. If God showers down revival and individual ministers and churches are not ready to accept it, then all the blessings of revival will be wasted.”

Prepare for the Harvest

In a revival, where thousands of sinners are swept into the Kingdom of God in a short period of time, will require churches to already have discipleship training in place, and people trained how to develop new believers on to maturity. Unprepared churches will be overwhelmed and unable to cope. As a result, they will largely miss out on what God wants to do. God will not give us a share in the harvest if we are not prepared for it.

John Wesley (the founder of the Methodist Church) had the practice of gathering new believers into small discipleship groups of around 12 people. Wesley stated that:

“The Church changes the world not by making converts but by making disciples.”

And because Wesley’s followers used this same “method” of small-group training, they later became known as “Methodists.” What was the result of this plan? By the end of John Wesley’s life he had 79,000 followers in Britain and 40,000 in America.

George Whitefield, a contemporary of John Wesley, who led many thousands to saving faith, made this confession of his horrendous failure:

“My brother Wesley acted wisely. The souls that were awakened under his ministry he joined in classes [small groups] and thus preserved the fruits of his labors. This I neglected and my people are a rope of sand.”

A wise pastor who is anticipating a revival will not wait for a revival to commence before laying the foundation for and implementing a solid discipleship process.

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